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Press Release: PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Introduced in House and Senate

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PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

S.217 Introduced in SC Senate January 10, 2017

H.3530 Introduced in SC House January 19, 2017             

PRESS RELEASE

FOR RELEASE:  Friday, January 27, 2017/Revised Feb 10, 2017/Revised Feb 17, 2017

FOR FURTHER INFO:

Contact, Steve Lefemine, exec.dir., Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222, Columbia, South Carolina  29211; CP@spiritcom.net

Press Release posted at:  http://christiansforpersonhood.com

 

[COLUMBIA, SC] The “Personhood Act of South Carolina” has been introduced once again in the South Carolina General Assembly, in both the SC Senate ( S.217 introduced January 10 ), and the SC House ( H.3530 introduced January 19 ).  The Senate bill was introduced by then-Senator Kevin Bryant, who was elevated to the position of SC Lieutenant Governor Wednesday, January 25, after former Lt Gov Henry McMaster was elevated to the office of SC Governor on January 24 ( following the SC Constitution’s order of succession ) immediately upon former SC Gov Nikki Haley’s resignation after her confirmation by the US Senate to be US Ambassador to the United Nations.  At the present time, the Senate bill ( S.217 ) has 12 Republican co-sponsors in the 46seat SC Senate, which presently has 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats.  However the House bill ( H.3530 ), introduced by Representative Steven Long, currently has 49 Republican co-sponsors in the 124-seat SC House, which presently has 78 Republicans and 44 Democrats.  Principled pro-life, pro-personhood South Carolinians are asked to visit scstatehouse.gov, contact and ask their SC Senator, especially Republicans, to sign on as co-sponsors of S.217 right away.

Personhood legislation was first introduced in the SC Legislature in 1998, and has been active every year since, over the last 19 years [ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina (1998 – 2016) ].  In 2005, a Personhood Act ( H.3213 ) passed the SC House, albeit with a fatal flaw “exception” amendment, before being killed in the SC Senate; and in 2016, a Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( S.719 ) passed a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in March, and passed the full Senate Judiciary Committee in April, before being defeated on the full Senate floor in a vote for Special Order on May 11, 2016 ( 24 Senators voted Yes for Special Order, 16 Senators voted No, and 2 Senators voted Present, however a 2/3 super-majority was required by SC Senate Rules, and so even though a majority of Senators voted Yes, the motion failed.)

The “Personhood Act of SC” recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in the South Carolina Code of Laws. Senate bill S.217 states:

 “The right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization.” and “The rights  guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State [SC], that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law nor denied the equal protection of the laws, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”  [ Section 1-1-330, S.217 ]

The State of South Carolina has the power to enact this law pursuant to the power reserved to this State under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. [ Section 1-1-340, S.217 ]

Legal experts defending the constitutionality of States’ Personhood legislation in South Carolina (2001), and Mississippi (2009), and Alabama (2011), and Oklahoma (2012) are posted online here at: www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net.  Go to Item #117 on the “Personhood Act” page.

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SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 12 Agenda

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 8, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment on Senate Judiciary Committee April 12 Agenda     

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S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment is #12 ( item “L)” ) on  the Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) Agenda for the April 12th, 3PM meeting in Room 308 in the Senate Gressette Office Bldg., State House grounds,
 Columbia, South Carolina, as posted here.

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Senate Meeting Schedule

As posted here:
http://scstatehouse.gov/meetings.php?chamber=S

Tuesday, April 12

3:00 pm — Gressette Room 308 — Judiciary Committee
Agenda Available
Live Broadcast
Live Broadcast – Audio Only
REVISIONS:
Meeting added on 04/08/2016 at 09:39 am
Scheduled for Live Broadcast on 04/08/2016 at 09:43 am

NOTE: The meeting is in Room 308 with only a +/- 90 audience seating capacity, instead of the usual Room 105 Senate Judiciary Committee meeting room with a +/- 100 audience seating capacity ]

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The April 12th agenda is available here:  http://scstatehouse.gov/agendas/121s1705.pdf

S.719 is item #12 on the agenda.

This is because in the last ( April 5 ) meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, S719 was item #13 on the Agenda, and the meeting stopped after finishing with two Statewide Appointments and agenda item #1.  So that left S719 as 12 items further down on the agenda.

So S.719 is 12th on the list for April 12th.

S.719 History Summary (2015-2016):

It should be noted for the record that S.719 was introduced into the SC Senate over 11 months ago, on April 28, 2015but that SC Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) refused to assign S.719 to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee until March 16, 2016, over 10 months laterHe did this as Senators co-sponsoring and/or pledged to support and vote for S.719 were being polled to support a Recall Motion on the floor of the Senate.

In March 2016, with more than one dozen polled Senators already supporting a Recall Motion, S.719 personhood bill opponent Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin agreed to assign S.719, posted March 16, 2016That three-man Judiciary Subcommittee ( Bright (ch), Corbin, M.B.Matthews ) met the next day, March 17, 2016, and favorably passed S.719 out of subcommittee to the full Senate Judiciary Committee. S.719 first appeared on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda for the March 22, 2016 meeting, where it appeared #24 out of 24 items.

Although 19 agenda items were reached in the March 22 Meeting, as item #24, S.719 was not reached.  The entire Senate was in Recess the following week, and no Senate Judiciary Committee meeting was held.  S.719 next appeared on the Senate Judiciary Committee Agenda for the April 5, 2016 meeting, where it appeared as item #13.  However, there were also two Statewide Appointments placed at the very beginning of the Agenda, and the second, contested appointment consumed most of the meeting, before the Judiciary Committee took up and voted upon only the first agenda item, before Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin called an end to the approx. two-hour meeting.

Now S.719 is item #12 on the Agenda for the April 12, 2016 meeting.  It remains to be seen whether or not the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by ***Senator Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) will actually reach S.719 on April 12, and if so, will S.719 receive an up or down vote on April 12, or will it be “carried over” to the next Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, likely April 19, 2016 ?

[ ***Note: According to the SC Elections Commission Candidate Listing for 2016 Primaries and the General Election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) has three Republican opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary for SC Senate District #2.  Of these three Republican Primary opponents, at least two of the opposing candidates ( Rex Rice, Don Joslyn ) reportedly support S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, as they face judicial supremacist, S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment opponent, and selectively pro-‘abortion’ for certain ‘exceptions’, 23-year incumbent Senator Larry Martin. ]

Finally, repeating and expanding upon what was noted in the April 6 e-mail report below:

One last point, under normal procedures, legislation from one chamber must be passed and sent to the other chamber by May 1 in any particular year for the legislation to be taken up on the floor of the receiving body.

For example, S.719 Personhood Constitutional Amendment needs to be passed by the SC Senate and sent to the SC House by May 1, 2016 to be considered on the floor of the SC House in the 2016 Session.  We are in the second year of the 2015-2016 Session.  Any legislation that is not passed in 2016 is dead, and would need to be re-filed for the 2017-2018 Session.

THIS MEANS THAT INSTEAD OF GIVING THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON S.719 SC PERSONHOOD CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE BALLOT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, THAT IT WOULD BE AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS, ON THE NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WOULD POSSIBLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT TO OUR CONSTITUTION. TELL THE SENATORS ON THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:  “LET THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA VOTE !”

 NOTE:  This May 1st rule could be waived by a 2/3 vote of those present and voting in the House ( or vice versa if a bill ( e.g., H.4093 ) was being sent from the House to the Senate.

Senate Rule 47 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 251 ), House Rule 5.12 ( 2015 SC Legislative Manual, p. 299)

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As explained in the previous April 6 e-mail below:

Please contact one or all of these seven ( 7 ) Senators, asking them:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Charleston, Dorchester )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) [ incumbent Senator 1993 – 2016 ]

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton ) [ incumbent Senator 2005 – 2016 ]

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Sumter )

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg )

1) To please vote to pass S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment next Tuesday, April 5th in the Senate Judiciary Committee, to move forward  the effort to put S.719 on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 General Election and let the people of South Carolina have the opportunity to vote on what is
in our own State Constitution !

2) And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to pass S.719, then ask them to at least not vote against S.719, and to please abstain.

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If you are a Bible-believing, born again Christian, please pray for the Lord to turn the hearts of these seven ( 7 ) SC State Senators above, as well as each of the other eight ( 8 ) Senate members of the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ) who are not yet signed on as  co-sponsors, or who have not yet pledged to support S.719
[ SC Senators Larry A. Martin, Chairman, Brad Hutto, Gerald Malloy, Creighton B. Coleman, Karl B. Allen, Kevin L. Johnson, Marlon E. Kimpson, and Margie Bright Matthews ].

“The king’s heart is in the Hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.”
Proverb 21:1, KJV ( with deity capitalized )

“… with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Senate Judiciary Committee ends March 22 meeting before taking up S.719

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
March 24, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment

– Senate Judiciary Committee ends March 22 meeting before taking up S.719 

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The SC Senate Judiciary Committee met for nearly three hours on Tuesday, March 22, however the meeting ended five items short ( after finishing item #19 ) before reaching the last item ( #24 out of 24 Agenda items ), S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

With the SC Senate in Recess all of next week ( March 27 – April 2 ), the next regular Tuesday meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm.  It is expected that S.719  will be taken up at that meeting.

At present, there are eight known votes in support of S.719 on the 22-man Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the non-supporting Senators has agreed to abstain, meaning we may need up to 11 votes for S.719 to pass on April 5.

See the list posted here of the 22 Senators who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ( 13 R, 9 D ), and these Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.

Please continue to contact / lobby non-supporting Senators.  Contact information on the South Carolina Legislature website for all SC Senators is posted here.

Please see the letter below regarding contacting / lobbying seven specific non-supporting Senators  who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:  Senators Campsen, Bennett, Hembree, Rankin, Thurmond, McElveen, and Saab.

You may complete Senate Lobbying Memos and send them to Christians for Personhood, PO Box 12222, Columbia, SC 29211 by Monday April 4 ( NLT April 5 ), to be turned in at the State House for hand-delivery to each Senator personally in the Senate chamber.

Two example Senate Lobbying Memos posted here.

Two blank Senate Lobbying Memos posted here.

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    Upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote on S.719

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

 *** Your Immediate Help and Action is Needed ! ***

Dear Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood Christians,

The SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 passed out of a three-man Judiciary Subcommittee on Thursday, March 17 by a vote of 2 Yeas ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay ( Bright Matthews ); but was then placed last on the Agenda for the regular Tuesday March 22 meeting of the full Senate
Judiciary Committee
, chaired by judicial supremacist Senator Larry Martin ( R-Pickens ), who opposes SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719S.719 appeared on the Agenda as #24 of 24 items.

On Tuesday, March 22, the full Senate Judiciary Committee meeting started early, and met for nearly three hours, however the meeting ended five items short ( after finishing item #19 ) before reaching the last item, SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719.

With the SC Senate in Recess all of next week ( March 27- April 2 ), that means the next regular  Tuesday meeting of the full Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be Tuesday, April 5 at 3pm.  It is very likely S.719 will be taken up for consideration at that meeting.  Please consider attending, arriving at 2pm if possible, sitting near the front, and obtaining a pink lapel tag to wear showing your support of S.719.  The meeting will likely be in Room 105, Gressette Senate Office Bldg, immediately behind the SC State House.

Whether or not you are able to physically come on April 5, please contact Judiciary Comm. Senators between now and then by any and/or all of the contact means posted on each individual Senator’s webpage at the www.scstatehouse.gov website ( first click on “Senators”, then click on the individual Senator’s name ), and convey this simple message to them: “Please vote to pass S719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  If you cannot vote ‘Yes’ to S719, please do not vote against S719, please abstain.”

Please look at the two example lobbying memos which are posted here to Senator Campsen and to Senator Hembree.  Using the four blank lobbying memos enclosed, please write up memos like these in your own handwriting, using your name, to at least four of these seven Senators:  Campsen, Bennett, Hembree, Rankin, Thurmond, McElveen, and Saab.  [ You may also print out more blank lobbying memos posted here [ two blank Senate Lobbying Memos ], or you can go to the “Personhood Act” page of the ChristianLifeandLiberty.net website.  Go to the “Personhood Act” page, item # 102., which is entitled:“Blank Form – Memo Form for Lobbying SC Senate Members”. ]  Write-up memos to all seven if you wish.

IMPORTANTThe Judiciary Committee meeting is likely at 3pm, however the entire Senate goes into Session inside the SC State House Tuesday, April 5 at 12 noon.  Please mail your completed lobbying memos back to Christians for Personhood, PO Box 12222, Columbia, SC 29211, such that they arrive, preferably, on or before Monday, April 4, but absolutely NLT Tuesday, April 5 in the morning mail, so that they can be picked up, taken to the SC State House, and turned in to the courtesy desk located just outside the Senate chamber, for hand-delivery by Senate pages to each Senator personally inside the chamber during Session.

If SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment S.719 is to pass the SC Senate, and if S.719 is to be placed on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot for the people of South Carolina to vote on whether our State Constitution will explicitly protect the lives of pre-birth human beings from the moment of conception ( fertilization ), then S.719 must come out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please do what you can to help stop the shedding of innocent blood in South Carolina.  Thank you.

In Christ,
Steve Lefemine

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    ‘Abortions’ Committed at Major Child-Murder Mills
in South Carolina, 1988 to 2014
http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-03-08-SC-Abortion-Statistics-1988-2014.xls

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Archived video of the March 17 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing on S. 719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment ( S.719 passed favorably by 2Y-1N vote ):

South Carolina Legislature
http://scstatehouse.gov/

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http://scstatehouse.gov/archives.php

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Video Archives by meeting time
(Reorder by Body/Committee)

48:50 [ Video length ]

Thursday, March 17, 2016  1 hour after the Senate adjourns
Senate Judiciary Committee — Judiciary Subcommittee on S.719

Totals of 14 speakers ( six Anti-Personhood; eight Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood ):

Speaker 1) Anti-Personhood – assoc. dir., SC Coalition for Healthy Families [ sic ]

Speaker 2) Anti-Personhood – The League of Women Voters representative

Speaker 3) Anti-Personhood – Planned Parenthood [ sic ] representative

Speaker 4) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Mr. Gordon Cashwell, pastor, Charleston

Speaker 5) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Steve Lefemine, exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

Speaker 6) Anti-Personhood – Family Law attorney

Speaker 7) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Johnny Gardner, dir., Voice of the Unborn

Speaker 8) Anti-Personhood speaker

Speaker 9) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Laura Cash Fultz, nursing graduate

Speaker 10) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Richard Cash, exec. dir., Personhood South Carolina

Speaker 11) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Mr. Andrew Dionne, pastor, Spartanburg

Speaker 12) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – Travis Childers

Speaker 13) Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood – William Fultz

Speaker 14) Anti-Personhood – ACLU legal director, lawyer

SC Personhood Amendment passes Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably by 2Y-1N vote – March 17, 2016

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Focus on the SC pro-personhood effort now shifts to the 22-man SC Senate Judiciary Committee. See list here of SC Judiciary Committee members ( 13 R, 9 D ) and the Members’ Positions on the S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Please contact especially these eight Senators, below who are not presently listed as S.719 co-sponsors, asking for their support and their ‘Yea’ vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee, which could possibly vote on S.719 as early as Tuesday, March 22 in their next regular meeting:

See these Senators’ individual webpages and contact information posted here:

1) Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

2) Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719, co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014

3) Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719but says will vote for S719

[ Note: This is seen as a pragmatic position of political survival; Larry Martin has two Republican opponents in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary, BOTH of whom are personhood supporters.  Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin has been a judicial supremacist opponent of S719, and has delayed assigning S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommittee for over 10 months after S719 was introduced in the SC Senate on April 28, 2015 ! ]

4) Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry ) – non-supporter of S.719

5) Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719

6) J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter ) – non-supporter of S.719

7) Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams ) – not presently co-sponsor of S.719
[ occupies Senate seat previously held by Yancey McGill ( D ); McGill co-sponsored S.457 in 2013-2014 ]

8) George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ) anti-personhood judicial supremacist, professing Christian ( Baptist )

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Summary of Recent Events:

1) With the pressure building for a Recall vote on the floor of the Senate, which would have potentially put all 45 SC Senators on the record, one way or another, as to their stand on the SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin ( R – Pickens ) agreed last Thursday ( March 10 ) to finally assign S.719 to a Judiciary Subcommitte ( over 10 months after S.719 was introduced on April 28, 2015 ). As requested, he assigned S.719 to a favorable subcommittee ( two S.719 co-sponsors and one opponent ), with Senator Lee Bright ( R-Gvl/Spart ), the primary bill sponsor, as the Subcommittee Chairman, and Senator Larry Martin also agreed to vote for S.719 in the full Judiciary Committee [ He has also said since then that he intends to vote against S.719 on the floor of the full SC Senate. ]

2) On Wednesday, March 16, Personhood South Carolina conducted a Personhood Day in Columbia, urging personhood supporters to meet with SC Representatives and SC Senators, followed by an energizing rally in the First Floor Lobby of the SC State House at which several evangelical and protestant Christians pastors spoke strong messages of exhortation and challenge, well received by pro-personhood supporters, adults and children, present.

3) Also as of March 16, Senator Larry Martin’s agreement from the previous week to assign S.719 to a favorable Judiciary Subcommittee was posted on the www.scstatehouse.gov website here.

4) The Judiciary Subcommittee public hearing was held today, March 17, with several speakers for and against.  At the conclusion of the testimony, the vote of the subcommittee was taken, and S.719 passed favorably by a voice vote of 2 Yea ( Bright, Corbin ) to 1 Nay ( Bright Matthews ). Thank God for the righteous votes of Senators Lee Bright and Tom Corbin to establish justice !

5) The next step will hopefully be the full Judiciary Committee at its regular meeting next Tuesday, March 22 as should be posted here by Friday ( March 18 ) COB.

Contact members from 22-man Judiciary Committee listed posted here, especially these Senators:

Sean Bennett ( R – Berk, Chas, Dorch )

Greg Hembree ( R – Dillon, Horry )

Larry A. Martin, Chairman ( R – Pickens )

Luke A. Rankin ( R – Horry )

Paul Thurmond ( R – Chas, Dorch )

J. Thomas McElveen, III ( D – Kershaw, Lee, Rich, Sumter )

Ronnie A. Sabb ( D – Berk, Flor, George, Horry, Williams )

George E.”Chip” Campsen, III ( R – Beau, Chas, Coll ).

* Edited March 18, 2016

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 !!!”