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Republican-Majority SC Senate approves State-Funding of Planned Parenthood by 31 – 8 vote – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Columbia Christians for Life (CCL)
Columbia, South Carolina
May 8, 2016

Republican-Majority SC Senate approves State-Funding of Planned Parenthood by 31 – 8 vote – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Republican-Majority (27R, 18D, 1 vacancy) SC Senate votes to approve Section 33 of State Budget (2016-2017) with Planned Parenthood Funding (SC Dept of HHS – Medicaid) by 31 – 8 vote ( 3 abstentions )

– Only these eight Senators voted Nay to Section 33 with Planned Parenthood Funding:  Bright, Bryant, Corbin, Shane Martin, Massey, Shealy, Verdin, Young.
(all Republicans – 8)

– These 31 Senators voted Aye to Section 33 with Planned Parenthood Funding:

Republicans (15): Alexander, Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Fair, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Hembree, Leatherman, Larry Martin, Peeler, Turner

Democrats (16):  Allen, Coleman, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Kimpson, Lourie, John Matthews, McElveen, Nicholson, Reese, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Williams

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Senator Kevin Bryant ( R-Anderson ) publicly states votes No to Section 33 of State Budget because  “that’s where Planned Parenthood funding is.”

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016  10:00 am
Senate — Senate (Session)
Video – 1:41:09

Begin watching video at 54:30

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Senate vote on Section 33 of State Budget, May 4, H .5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL:

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p38

The Senate proceeded to Sect. 33, Part 1A and Part 1B, Health and Human Services.

The “ayes” and “nays” were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 31; Nays 8; Abstain 3

AYES

 

Alexander                
Allen                    
Bennett
Campbell                 
Campsen                  
Cleary
Coleman                  
Courson                  
Fair
Gregory                  
Grooms                   
Hayes
Hembree                  
Hutto                    
Jackson
Johnson                  
Kimpson                  
Leatherman
Lourie                   
Martin,
Larry            
Matthews, John
McElveen                 
Nicholson                
Peeler
Reese                    
Sabb                     
Scott
Setzler                  
Sheheen                  
Turner
Williams

Total–31

NAYS

 

Bright                   
Bryant                   
Corbin
Martin,
Shane            
Massey                   
Shealy
Verdin                   
Young

Total–8

ABSTAIN

 

Davis                    
Malloy                   
Matthews, Margie

Total–3

Section 33, Part 1A and Part 1B, was adopted.

Statement by Senators BRYANT and SHANE MARTIN

 

We voted no on Section 33 because of our opposition to funding Planned Parenthood.

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After voting by Senators completed on Section 1 through Section 118 of the FY 2016-2017 State Budget ( Appropriations Bill ), then came the final vote on Third Reading, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

WITH THE APPROVED SECTION 33 INCLUDING STATE-FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, the final  Third Reading vote in the Republican-Majority SC Senate for H.5001 FY 2016-2017 State Budget, was 36 Ayes5 Nays.

– Only these five Senators voted Nay to the FY 2015-2016 SC State Budget with State-Funding of Planned Parenthood in Section 33Bright, Bryant, Corbin, Shane Martin, Massey.
( all Republicans – 5 )

– These 36 Senators voted Aye to the FY 2015-2016 SC State Budget with State-Funding of Planned Parenthood in Section 33:

Republicans (19): Alexander, Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Davis, Fair, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Hembree, Leatherman, Larry Martin, Peeler, Shealy, Turner, Verdin, Young

Democrats (17):  Allen, Coleman, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Kimpson, Lourie, Malloy, John Matthews, Margie Matthews, McElveen, Reese, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Williams

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THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CONSIDERATION OF H. 5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL.

Pursuant to the unanimous consent motion adopted Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Senate proceeded directly to H. 5001, the General Appropriations Bill.

H. 5001–GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL
AMENDED, READ THE THIRD TIME
RETURNED TO THE HOUSE

H. 5001 ( Word version) — Ways and Means Committee: A BILL TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS AND TO PROVIDE REVENUES TO MEET THE ORDINARY EXPENSES OF STATE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2016, TO REGULATE THE EXPENDITURE OF SUCH FUNDS, AND TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE OPERATION OF STATE GOVERNMENT DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill, the question being the third reading of the Bill.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p12

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Final vote on Third Reading in Senate, May 4, H. 5001, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL.
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p100

The question then was third reading of the Bill.

Senator SHANE MARTIN spoke on the Bill.

The “ayes” and “nays” were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 36; Nays 5

AYES

Alexander                
Allen                    
Bennett
Campbell                 
Campsen                  
Cleary
Coleman                  
Courson                  
Davis
Fair                     
Gregory                  
Grooms
Hayes                    
Hembree                  
Hutto
Jackson                  
Johnson                  
Kimpson
Leatherman               
Lourie                   
Malloy
Martin,
Larry            
Matthews,
John           
Matthews, Margie
McElveen                 
Peeler                   
Reese
Sabb                     
Scott                    
Setzler
Shealy                   
Sheheen                  
Turner
Verdin                   
Williams                 
Young

Total–36

NAYS

Bright                   
Bryant                   
Corbin
Martin,
Shane            
Massey

Total–5

 

The Bill was read the third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives with amendments.

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Shortly after voting to approve the final Third Reading vote for H.5001 FY 2016-2017 State Budget by a 36 5 vote, WITH THE APPROVED SECTION 33 INCLUDING STATE-FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, the Republican-Majority SC Senate proceeded to Adjournment at 11:49 A.M., upon the motion of Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence):

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p100

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 11:49 A.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11:00 A.M., under the provisions of Rule 1B.

[Note: A Rule 1B Session is a perfunctory Session, not a regular Session; the next regular Session had already been agreed to be a week later, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  See  below.]

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Note: Earlier in Session ( which began at 10:00 A.M. ), Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) made this motion (Note also – it was approved “with unanimous consent):

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/sj16/20160504.htm#p16

Motion Adopted

 

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed that, when the Senate adjourns Wednesday, May 4, 2016 it stand adjourned to meet under the provisions of Rule 1B on Thursday, May 5, 2016, Friday, May 6, 2016, and Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  The Senate would meet in regular session on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

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Note: So, The next time the Senate would meet in regular session would be one week later, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
at 2:00 P.M.

March 16th – Personhood Day at the SC Capitol in Columbia [ Flyer ]

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After 43 years of baby killing under Roe v. Wade, including 375,000 killed in South Carolina, pro-lifers in SC have a unique window of opportunity to give legal personhood status to the unborn. Here’s how you can participate! 

What: Come to Columbia and talk to your state Senator and Representative to let them know that you support the Personhood Amendment Bill (H4093 in the House, S719 in the Senate). These bills must be passed so that we can vote in November to amend our South Carolina Constitution to protect life beginning at conception.

When: Wednesday, March 16, which happens to be the day that filing opens for all candidates for the June primary. We need to get our legislators on record as to whether they support personhood before the filing period ends on March 30th.

Why: We have made great progress on these bills already. However, without a lot of visible, vocal support from the public, these bills will not get passed, and in fact, will not even get a vote. We must apply pressure NOW in order to get a vote by June.

Where: We will go to their offices in the House office building (Blatt) and the Senate office building (Gressette) first, and then rally in the Capitol building lobby at 1:30 as the Senate goes into session.

Who: You, your family, your friends, your church members. Coordinate with some people in your area to make a GROUP appointment to speak  for 10-15 minutes with your Senator and/or Representative sometime between 9-1:30 on March 16th. Making an appointment now is the key to seeing them.

Click here to register to participate.

Source: https://personhood.sc/personhood-day/

 

SC Personhood Amendment – 55 House, 14 Senate members in support but 2/3 needed [ 83 in House, at least 30 in Senate ]

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Pro-Personhood is Pro-Life
Mass Public Pro-Personhood / Pro-Life Lobbying Day set for March 16 ( Wed. )

Please plan to come March 16
to SC State House and Office Buildings in Columbia:

1) Meet with and lobby your SC State Senator
[ Call, make appt., bring a group ]

2) Meet with and lobby your SC State Representative
[ Call, make appt., bring a group ]

3) Move to SC State House 1st and 2nd Floor Lobbies, and then to 3rd Floor Public Viewing Gallery of Senate Chamber for Floor Vote***

*** One way or another, the Vote by Senators to advance or block S.719, the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment on March 16, is the Record Vote of where each SC Senator stands on legal Personhood for the preborn ( and therefore protection of their God-given, unalienable right to life under Article I, Section 3, of the South Carolina Constitution ).

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SC Personhood Amendment Status Summary:

1.  SC Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) is refusing to assign S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommittee where it could receive a public hearing.  S.719 was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015, ten months ago. Yet despite the fact that Senator Larry Martin has been repeatedly asked to assign S.719 to a favorable subcommittee, he refuses to assign it to any Judiciary Subcommittee whatsoever, unless S.719 first passes out of the SC House.
[ Note:  SC House Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney ( R-Chester and York ) has repeatedly said, publicly and privately, that IF personhood legislation is passed by the SC Senate, he will get it passed in the SC House ( A SC Personhood bill was passed one time by the SC House on April 14, 2005 ( 91 – Y, 10 – N ), albeit with a fatal flaw “exception” amendment ) ].

SC Senator Larry Martin is what is known as a “judicial supremacist”, erroneously believing that OPINIONS of the US Supreme Court are the supreme Law of the Land.  They are NOT.  According to a plain reading of the WRITTEN TEXT of the Article VI Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution [ www.constitutionus.com ], US Supreme Court OPINIONS are NOT the supreme Law of the Land.  [ Note: The “Supremacy Clause” is actually all of Clause 2 of Article VI. ]

The very first sentence of Article I., Section 1. of the United States Constitution states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

If ALL legislative Powers granted by the US Constitution are vested in the US Congress, then that leaves ZERO legislative Powers granted by the US Constitution vested in the US Supreme Court.  It is NOT within the constitutional authority of the US Supreme Court to legislate, to make law.  The Oath of Office of officeholders is to uphold the WRITTEN TEXT of the United States Constitution, NOT the OPINIONS of five members of the US Supreme Court !

       These concepts have been repeatedly upheld by United States Presidents ( Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Lincoln ), and constitutional scholars, authors, and attorneys:

Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson:
The Supreme Court is not the final arbiter of the Constitution

http://christianlifeandliberty.net/CONLAW05.DOC
” In 1788, James Madison wrote, “The several departments being perfectly co-ordinate by the terms of their common commission, neither of them, it is evident, can pretend to an exclusive or superior right of settling the boundaries between their respective powers.” ”
https://americanprinciplesproject.org/founding-principles/statement-calling-for-constitutional-resistance-to-obergefell-v-hodges%E2%80%AF/

On March 4, 1861, in his First Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln said:

“I do not forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding in any case upon the parties to a suit as to the object of that suit, while they are also entitled to very high respect and consideration in all parallel cases by all other departments of the Government. And while it is obviously possible that such decision may be erroneous in any given case, still the evil effect following it, being limited to that particular case, with the chance that it may be overruled and never become a precedent for other cases, can better be borne than could the evils of a different practice. At the same time, the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”
http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres31.html

[ Note: Lincoln was referring to the US Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott case ( 1857 ) OPINION, written by Chief Justice Roger Taney, which not only denied the slave Dred Scott freedom and citizenship, but also reached back 37 years to arrogate to itself the authority to declare the 1820 Missouri Compromise passed by the United States Congress, to be unconstitutional.  The Missouri Compromise of 1820 ” regulated slavery in the country’s western territories by prohibiting the practice in the former Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 36°30 north, except within the boundaries of the proposed state of Missouri .”  [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_Compromise ].  Despite the ruling of the US Supreme Court declaring the 1820 Missouri Compromise to be unconstitutional, and declaring the US Congress could not ban Slavery in the western territories, the United States Congress and President Abraham Lincoln did just that.  On June 19, 1862, the United States Congress ” ended slavery in the western territories.”  The text of this “law enacting emancipation in the Federal Territories” is posted here.

The pertinent point here is:  The United States Congress and the United States President DEFIED the OPINION of the US Supreme Court. ]
“Abortion is not legal” – Christine Ross and Herbert W. Titus, JD
LIFE ADVOCATE, MAY/JUNE 1999
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/HerbTitus0501.doc

Statement Calling for Constitutional Resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges
https://americanprinciplesproject.org/founding-principles/statement-calling-for-constitutional-resistance-to-obergefell-v-hodges%E2%80%AF/
October 8, 2015
[ 72 Law Professors and Others Reject Obergefell as “binding precedent” except for “specific plaintiffs” to case” ]

2.  This year 2016 is an election year for all 46 SC Senate seats and all 124 SC House of Representatives seats. The SC Election Commission 2016 Election Calendar lists the beginning of the filing period for all candidates seeking a political party nomination for the office of SC State Senate and SC State House of Representatives ( and other federal and local offices ) to be March 16, 2016.  This filing period closes at 12 noon on March 30, 2016.

3.  The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is filed in the SC House ( H.4093 ) and the SC Senate ( S.719 ).

a.  SC House of RepresentativesH.4093

(1)  In the SC House of Representatives, H.4093 has 53 co-sponsors, plus two more Representatives who have signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge, but who have not signed on yet as co-sponsors, for a total of 55 members of the SC House of Representatives who are supporting the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment. Two-thirds of the elected Representatives are needed ( 2/3 of 124 ) to pass H.4093 to place the SC Personhood Amendment on the General Election Ballot in South Carolina on November 8, 2016, for the people to vote.

(2)  Two-thirds of 124 rounds up to 83 Representatives.  Presently 55 have indicated their support, leaving 28 more who are needed out of the remaining 69 Representatives in the SC House.  [ The SC House is currently made up of a total of 78 Republicans and 46 Democrats. ]
       b.  SC SenateS.719

(1)  In the SC Senate, S.719 has 11 co-sponsors, plus three more Senators who have signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge, but who have not signed on yet as co-sponsors, for a total of 14 members of the SC Senate who are supporting the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Two-thirds of the elected Senators are needed ( 2/3 of 45 presently, with one seat vacant; normally 2/3 of 46 ) to pass the S.719 to place the Personhood Amendment on the General Election Ballot in South Carolina on November 8, 2016, for the people to vote.

(2)  Two-thirds of 45 is 30 Senators [ 2/3 of 46 rounds up to 31 Senators. ]  Presently 14 have indicated their support, leaving at least 16 currently [ possibly 17 later ] more who are needed out of the present remaining 31 Senators [ possibly 32 remaining Senators later if the vacant seat is filled ] in the SC Senate.  [ The SC Senate is currently made up of a total of 27 Republicans and 18 Democrats, with one seat vacant. ]
4.  List of all THIRTEEN ( 13 ) REPUBLICAN SC SENATORS who have neither yet co-sponsored S.719, nor have they signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge in support of S.719.  The Senator’s District Number, and the Counties which are included in that Senate District, are listed after each Senator’s name.  ( Most Counties are divided between Senate Districts. )

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

Thomas C. AlexanderDistrict 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

Sean BennettDistrict 38 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

Paul G. Campbell, Jr.District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

George E. “Chip” Campsen, IIIDistrict 43 – Beaufort, Charleston & Colleton Counties – Map

Raymond E. Cleary, IIIDistrict 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

John E. CoursonDistrict 20 – Lexington & Richland Counties – Map

Tom DavisDistrict 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties – Map

Greg HembreeDistrict 28 – Dillon & Horry Counties – Map

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.District 31 – Darlington & Florence Counties – Map

Larry A. MartinDistrict 2 – Pickens County – Map

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.District 14 – Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union & York Counties – Map

Luke A. RankinDistrict 33 – Horry County – Map

Paul ThurmondDistrict 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

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Pro-Personhood is Pro-Life

If your SC State Senator is listed above among the 13 Republican State Senators who have neither yet co-sponsored S.719, nor have they signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge in support of S.719, please contact / visit them immediately and continually, reminding
them that the language of this Personhood Amendment is virtually identical verbatim to the language of Republican Advisory Question #1 on the June 2014 Republican Primary Ballot, which passed by over 78% statewide ( 2014 Statewide Primary Election, go to page 10 ), with over 240,000 Republican Primary voters voting in favor.

Tell your Senator,  Let the People Vote !!!

( See February 4, 2016  “Open Letter to REPUBLICAN South Carolina Senators ( 27 )” below and posted here. )

Even if an individual Senator is personally opposed to SC Personhood Legislation
( e.g., Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) and Senator George “Chip” Campsen, III
( R – Beaufort, Charleston & Colleton ), remind them, in the concluding words of
the February 4, 2016 letter sent to them:  LET THE PEOPLE VOTE !!!

Open Letter to REPUBLICAN South Carolina Senators ( 27 )
[ Excerpt ]

“Over the past 17 years of introducing Personhood BILLS in the SC Legislature ( 1998-2015 ), the General assembly has failed to establish justice for pre-birth human beings by actually passing any of these bills in both chambers.  S.719 introduced on April 28, 2015 is the first time a proposed Personhood Constitutional AMENDMENT has been introduced.  It is time to LET THE PEOPLE VOTE !!!”

SC Personhood Amendment – 52 House, 13 Senate members in support but 2/3 needed [ 83 in House, at least 30 in Senate ]

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SC Personhood Amendment Status Summary:

1.  SC Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) has still failed to assign S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommittee.
S.719 was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015.  Senator Larry Martin has been repeatedly asked to assign  S.719 to a favorable subcommittee.  

2.  This year 2016 is an election year for all 46 SC Senate seats.  The SC Election Commission 2016 Election Calendar lists the beginning of the filing period for all candidates seeking a political party nomination for the office of SC State Senate and SC State House of Representatives ( and other federal and local offices ) to be March 16, 2016. This filing period closes at 12 noon on March 30, 2016.

3.  The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is filed in the SC House ( H.4093 ) and the SC Senate ( S.719 ).

a.  SC House of Representatives H.4093

 (1)  In the SC House of Representatives, H.4093 has 50 co-sponsors, plus two more Representatives who have signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge, but who have not signed on yet as co-sponsors, for a total of 52 members of the SC House of Representatives who are supporting the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment. Two-thirds of the elected Representatives are needed ( 2/3 of 124 ) to pass H.4093 to place the SC Personhood Amendment on the General Election Ballot in South Carolina on November 8, 2016, for the people to vote.

(2)  Two-thirds of 124 rounds up to 83 Representatives.  Presently 52 have indicated their support, leaving 31 more who are needed out of the remaining 72 Representatives in the SC House.  [ The SC House is currently made up of a total of 78 Republicans and 46 Democrats. ]

b.  SC SenateS.719

 (1)  In the SC Senate, S.719 has 10 co-sponsors, plus three more Senators who have signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge, but who have not signed on yet as co-sponsors, for a total of 13 members of the SC Senate who are supporting the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Two-thirds of the elected Senators are needed ( 2/3 of 45 presently, with one seat vacant; normally 2/3 of 46 ) to pass the S.719 to place the Personhood Amendment on the General Election Ballot in South Carolina on November 8, 2016, for the people to vote.

(2)  Two-thirds of 45 is 30 Senators [ 2/3 of 46 rounds up to 31 Senators. ]  Presently 13 have indicated their support, leaving at least 17 currently [ possibly 18 later ] more who are needed out of the present remaining 32 Senators [ possibly 33 remaining Senators later if the vacant seat is filled ] in the SC Senate.  [ The SC Senate is currently made up of a total of 27 Republicans and 18 Democrats, with one seat vacant. ]

4.  List of all FOURTEEN ( 14 ) REPUBLICAN SC SENATORS who have neither yet co-sponsored S.719, nor have they signed the
SC Pastors Alliance Pledge in support of S.719.  The Senator’s District Number, and the Counties which are included in that Senate District, are listed after each Senator’s name.  ( Most Counties are divided between Senate Districts. )

[ Members of the SC Senatehttp://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S ]

Thomas C. AlexanderDistrict 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

Sean BennettDistrict 38 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

Paul G. Campbell, Jr.District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

George E. “Chip” Campsen, IIIDistrict 43 – Beaufort, Charleston & Colleton Counties – Map

Raymond E. Cleary, IIIDistrict 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

John E. CoursonDistrict 20 – Lexington & Richland Counties – Map

Tom DavisDistrict 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties – Map

Greg HembreeDistrict 28 – Dillon & Horry Counties – Map

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.District 31 – Darlington & Florence Counties – Map

Larry A. MartinDistrict 2 – Pickens County – Map

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.District 14 – Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union & York Counties – Map

Luke A. RankinDistrict 33 – Horry County – Map

Paul ThurmondDistrict 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

Tom Young, Jr.District 24 – Aiken County – Map

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Pro-Life is Pro-Personhood

If your SC State Senator is listed above among the 14 Republican State Senators who have neither yet co-sponsored S.719, nor have they signed the SC Pastors Alliance Pledge in support of S.719, please contact / visit them immediately and continually, reminding them that the language of this Personhood Amendment is virtually identical verbatim to the language of Republican Advisory Question #1 on the June 2014 Republican Primary Ballot, which passed by over 78% statewide ( 2014 Statewide Primary Election, go to page 10 ), with over 240,000 Republican Primary voters voting in favor.

Tell your Senator,  Let the People Vote !!!

( See February 4, 2016  “Open Letter to REPUBLICAN South Carolina Senators ( 27 )” below and posted here. )

Even if an individual Senator is personally opposed to SC Personhood Legislation
( e.g., Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ) and Senator George “Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beaufort, Charleston & Colleton ), remind them, in the concluding words of the February 4, 2016 letter sent to them:  LET THE PEOPLE VOTE !!!

Open Letter to REPUBLICAN South Carolina Senators ( 27 )”
[ Excerpt ]

“Over the past 17 years of introducing Personhood BILLS in the SC Legislature ( 1998-2015 ), the General Assembly has failed to establish justice for pre-birth human beings by actually passing any of these bills in both chambers.  S.719 introduced on April 28, 2015 is the first time a proposed Personhood Constitutional AMENDMENT has been introduced.  It is time to LET THE PEOPLE VOTE !!!”

SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment – House companion Joint Resolution

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SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment

Joint Resolution H.4093

http://scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/bills/4093.htm

Introduced in SC House April 29, 2015

A Joint Resolution

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO EXTEND THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THIS STATE TO BORN AND PREBORN PERSONS BEGINNING AT CONCEPTION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 3, Article I of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding the following new paragraph at the end:

“Section 3.a. The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and preborn persons beginning at conception.”

SECTION 2. The proposed amendment in Section 1 must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:

“Must Article I of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to add Section 3.a. to provide that the privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and preborn persons beginning at conception?

Yes []

No []

Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘Yes’, and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word ‘No’.”