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Personhood is Abolition

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I understand there has been quite a bit of discussion online recently addressing the subjects of Personhood and the Abolitionist’s approach.

Let me begin by stating, Personhood is abolition.  Here in South Carolina, we have advocated passage of State personhood legislation continuously for the last 19 years since 1998 [ History of Personhood Legislation in South Carolina ( 1998 – 2016 )  ].

The current 2017 legislation in the SC Legislature is called the Personhood Act of South Carolina (S.217 / H.3530).

South Carolina Personhood legislation recognizes the Creator God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law.

In my opinion, we will need to pass Personhood legislation, and then we will very likely need interposition of Lesser Magistrates to enforce it once the law is codified and on the books if the passage of Personhood legislation occurs first at the State level.

Personhood and Interposition are NOT mutually exclusive.  Quite the contrary.

The way I see it, Personhood is needed first to establish contemporaneous statutory or State constitutional legal legitimacy in the eyes of the citizens of whatever State jurisdiction is involved which has determined in their day, to take a righteous stand against child-murder; and then interposition of Lesser Magistrates would likely be needed to enforce it ( keeping in mind none have so far enforced marriage though over 30 States have constitutional bans against sodomite/lesbian so-called “marriage” [ sic ] ).

If Federal Personhood legislation is passed, such as US Rep. Jody Hice’s ( R-GA ) re-introduction of his ( formerly US Rep. Paul Broun’s ) good bill, HR 586 ( https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/586 ), then perhaps interposition by State officials would not be necessary.  If however, SCOTUS “Justices” further violate their Oaths and Constitutional function by overthrowing legislation such as HR 586, there is the further step available of US Constitution, Article III, Section 2 legislation in which the US Congress has the authority and power to restrict the appellate jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court, such as in HR 2761 which was introduced in the 114th Congress [ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2761/text ].

For those opposed to Personhood efforts, I wonder how many have listened to, or read the transcript of, the October 11, 1972 Second Oral Argument of Roe v Wade, where the “basic constitutional question, initially“, “critical to this case, was [ and is ] whether or not an unborn child is recognized in law as a “person”.  Once that is done, then the matter becomes legally inarguable; establishing legal recognition of the Creator God-given unalienable right to life of all human beings here in the United States, according to our Federal and State Constitutions, beginning at fertilization, with no “exceptions”.

It is simple, short legislation, applying a present day, inarguably recognizable legal standard, if there is the WILL to do it !

October 11, 1972 Second Oral Argument of Roe v Wade
Audio – http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1971/1971_70_18/reargument

[ with moving transcript ]

Links to alternate edited transcript – http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2014-02-23-Landmark-Briefs-and-Arguments-of-the-SCOTUS-Roe-v.-Wade%281973%29-Second-Oral-Argument%28Oct.%2011,%201972%29.docx

Posting and excerpts below from www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net website [edited]:

[ Posted on the ‘Personhood Act’ page as Item #117. ]

  1. LEGAL EXPERTS SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE-LEVEL PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION IN SC (2001), MISS (2009), ALA (2011), and OK (2012):
           – Herb Titus is an attorney, constitutional scholar, author, the founding Dean of   College of Law/Gov’t at Regent University
    Mathew Staver is former Dean of the School of Law at Liberty University; and Liberty Counsel founder and chair
    – Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is President Emeritus of Foundation for Moral Law
           April 5, 2016
    http://christianlifeandliberty.net/2016-04-05-Legal-experts-supporting-constitutionality-of-State-level-Personhood-legislation-SC-MISS-ALA-OK-edited-Jan-27-2017.pdf

“PERSONHOOD” is the key to ENDING child-murder-by-“abortion”A plain reading of the 5th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution, and analogous due process and equal protection language in the State Constitutions [ for example, Article I., Section 3. of the South Carolina Constitution ], indicates that legal status and therefore protection of constitutional rights, is granted to “PERSONS” in these provisions. The issue of personhood for the “fetus” as being the preeminently critical issue was specifically addressed by a US Supreme Court Justice during the October 11, 1972

Roe v. Wade Oral Reargument.  [ Go to these internet links to both a transcript and the actual audio of the October 11, 1972 Roe v. Wade Oral Reargument. ]

THE KEY, BASIC, AND INITIAL CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE IN ROE V. WADE (1973), CRITICAL TO THE CASE, WAS WHETHER OR NOT THE “FETUS” ( PRE-BIRTH HUMAN BEING ), WOULD BE RECOGNIZED IN LAW AS A LEGAL “PERSON”:

Excerpt from transcript (edited) of Reargument ( October 11, 1972 ) of Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court:

US Supreme Court Justice:
“And the basic constitutional question, initially, is whether or not an unborn fetus is a person, isn’t it ?” 
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Mr. Robert Flowers (Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas):
“Yes, sir, and entitled to the constitutional protection.” 
[ p. 827 ]

US Supreme Court Justice:  “And that’s critical to this case, is it not?”  [ p. 828 ]

Mr. Robert Flowers (Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas):  “Yes, sir, it is. … (continued).”  [ p. 828 ]

 

Child-murder-by-“abortion” could have been ENDED in America 44+ years and 59+ MILLION dead children ago with FEDERAL Personhood Legislation.

 

Pass Personhood now !

Jesus Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords;” ( 1 Timothy 6:15, KJV )

 

Steve Lefemine

exec. dir., Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222

Columbia, South Carolina 29211

CP@spiritcom.net

March 15, 2017

SC Personhood Amendment – No Special Order Votes Taken, No Motion Period in Senate April 19; Next Regular Session April 21

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 19, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – No Special Order Votes Taken, No Motion Period in Senate April 19; Next Regular Session April 21

Will Senators (27 R, 18 D) set S.719 for Special Order Thursday, April 21, 2016 ?

– We need to Poll Senators for Commitment to Vote for Special Order for S.719

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1) The SC Senate adjourned in less than 1 1/2 hours today without even entering the Motion Period on the Senate Calendar for April 19.  So no votes for Special Order were taken; neither for H.3189, nor S.719.

2) Tomorrow, April 20  is only any ‘perfunctory’ Session as per the motion of Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman ( R – Darlington, Florence ), who invoked a special Rule of the Senate ( Rule 1B, p. 206 ) authorizing the President Pro-Tempore to do so.  Note: The invoking of the Rule was actually out of order because the Rule requires the motion be made “at least two (2) days prior” to it taking effect.  However no Senator challenged the Rule violation, and so the motion was approved by the Senate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 12:00 pm
State House, Senate Chamber
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/video/videofeed.php
Video – 1:23:29

3) So the next full Session of the Senate is Thursday, April 20, meeting at 11AM.  We have until then to lobby and poll Senators for their commitment to vote for Special Order for S.719.  Senator Bright says we need to make a list of those who will vote for Special Order for S.719.  Senator Bryant says we should start with supporters of S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment, of which there are 15.  There are 12 Senate co-sponsors of S.719, plus three other Senators who have signed the S.719 pledge only.

Sponsors of S.719: Senators Lee Bright*, Ronnie Cromer*, Kevin Bryant*, Shane Martin, Ross Turner, Mike Fair*, Katrina Shealy*, Larry Grooms, Shane Massey, Danny Verdin*, Tom Young and Tom Davis
[ Note: Senators with asterisk ( * ) also signed S.719 Pledge ]

Senators who have signed S.719 Pledge but have not co-sponsored: Senators Tom Corbin, Greg Gregory, Wes Hayes

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

Of this list, Senator Bright and Senator Bryant can be counted as having already made their commitment to support S.719 for Special Order.  Please help contact, lobby, and poll the remainder of this list of 15 Senators, asking them:

– To please agree to vote to set S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment for Special Order on Thursday, April 21st and thereafter, 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 !

– And if they cannot vote ‘Yes’ to set S.719 for Special Order, then ask them to at least not vote against setting S.719 for Special Order, and to please abstain.

4) If you contact or receive an answer back from any of these 15 Senators above regarding the answer to whether they will agree to vote to set S.719 for Special Order on Thursday, April 21st and thereafter; or if not, will they at least abstain, please e-mail their response to CP@spiritcom.net as soon as possible.
Thank you !

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Greenville News ( Greenville, SC )

Bryant: personhood bill may be pushed over transgender bill
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/bryant-personhood-bill-may-pushed-over-transgender-bill/83188538/
April 19, 2016

COLUMBIA ­ The Upstate chairman of the committee that could take up a bill regulating the transgender use of public bathrooms says while he still thinks the bill can pass, he is more interested in having the Senate debate a bill giving rights to the unborn.

Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, chairman of the Senate General Committee, told The Greenville News on Monday he is prepared to move the transgender bill out of committee and onto the Senate calendar but knows whether the bill moves as the result of a vote at a committee meeting or polling committee members without a meeting, it still will draw a procedural objection by opponents that will require a vote of the Senate for the measure to be heard.

Given the choice between focusing his efforts on persuading the Senate to take up the transgender bill or a bill establishing legal rights for the unborn beginning at conception, also known as the “personhood” bill, Bryant said he would prefer to focus on the personhood bill.

“My personal priority is the personhood constitutional amendment,” Bryant said.  “I would like to see the bathroom bill pass this year. Personhood would be the priority for me.”

continued…
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/bryant-personhood-bill-may-pushed-over-transgender-bill/83188538/

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“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

Praise the Lord“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Day of Decision for Special Order in SC Senate – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ?

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 17, 2016

SC Personhood AmendmentDay of Decision for Special Order in SC Senate

– Tuesday, April 19, 2016 ?

Which Bill will SC Senators (27 R, 18 D) set for Special Order: H.3189 or S.719 ?

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It appears likely Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman (Darlington, Florence) will once again move for H.3189 to be set for Special Order, which if passed by a 2/3 Senate vote, would take the one slot presently open for Special Order, during the Motion Period on Tuesday,  April 19.  It is important this Motion be defeated once again.  It was defeated on Thursday, April 14 by just one vote.

Instead of giving away the one open Special Order slot to H.3189, we pray a Special Order vote for S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment will be taken, and will succeed on Tuesday, April 19.

So please call and e-mail the Republican and Democrat Senators further below, as many as you are willing, by NLT Tuesday morning, April 19 when the Republican Senate Caucus meets at 11AM prior to the 12 noon Session in the Senate chamber, saying to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

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These 10 Republican Senators below voted on Thursday, April 14 to give H.3189 (‘campaign funding’/’ethics’, third party/so-called ‘dark money’ bill) the one open Special Order slot, which would have boxed out S.719 SC Personhood Constitutional Amendment from getting an opportunity to receive a vote for Special Order. Thankfully that H.3189 Special Order vote was defeated on Thursday, April 14, but by just one vote, and the proponents of Special Order for H.3189 intend to try again.  Their attempt may very well be Tuesday, April 19.

The 10 Republican Senators who voted to give away the one open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 were:

1) Thomas C. Alexander – District 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

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

3) Raymond E. Cleary, III – District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

4) Ronnie W. Cromer – District 18 – Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties – Map
[ Senator Cromer is a co-sponsor of S.719 and has signed the S.719 pledge ]

5) Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – District 15 – York County – Map
[ Senator Hayes has signed the S.719 pledge ]

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

7) Larry A. Martin – District 2 – Pickens County – Map

8) Luke A. Rankin – District 33 – Horry County – Map

9) Paul Thurmond – District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

10) Tom Young, Jr. – District 24 – Aiken County – Map
[ Senator Young is a co-sponsor of S.719 ]

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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“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

Praise the Lord“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37, KJV

In Christ,

Steve Lefemine
Christians for Personhood

PO Box 12222
Columbia, SC 29211

SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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Christians for Personhood ( CP )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 16, 2016

SC Personhood Amendment – Surprise Senate Vote to give open Special Order slot to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 failed 2/3 required by just ONE vote, 28-16 !

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10 Republicans* joined by all 18 Democrats voted for Special Order for H.3189 April 14.

Thankfully, 28 was at least ONE vote short of the 29 required 2/3 super majority (29 of 44 Senators present and voting), because 16 Republicans voted against this surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189 by Senate President Pro-Tempore, 35-year incumbent Senator Hugh Leatherman (Darlington, Florence).

Thanks be to God !
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* The 10 Republican Senators who voted to give away the one open Special Order slo to H.3189 (not S.719) on Thursday, April 14 were:

1) Thomas C. Alexndera – District 1 – Oconee & Pickens Counties – Map

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

3) Raymond E. Cleary, III – District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties – Map

4) Ronnie W. Cromer – District 18 – Lexington, Newberry & Union Counties – Map
[ Senator Cromer is a co-sponsor of S.719 and has signed the S.719 pledge ]

5) Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – District 15 – York County – Map
[ Senator Hayes has signed the S.719 pledge ]

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

7) Larry A. Martin – District 2 – Pickens County – Map

8) Luke A. Rankin – District 33 – Horry County – Map

9) Paul Thurmond – District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Counties – Map

10) Tom Young, Jr. – District 24 – Aiken County – Map
[ Senator Young is a co-sponsor of S.719 ]

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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Strategy and Action going forward through this Tuesday, April 19:

1) Born-again Christians, PrayThank God for His sovereign intervention Thursday afternoon, April 14, defeating the surprise Motion for Special Order for H.3189Thank God for using the 16 Republican Senators who voted against Senator Leatherman’s Motion.  Pray God would turn the hearts (Proverb 21:1, KJV) of especially the three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers (Cromer, Hayes, Young), but who voted to give away the open Special Order slot to H.3189.

2) The Senators supporting Special Order for H.3189 are planning to try again next week; it is possible another Special Order vote for H.3189 could be taken as early as Tues., April 19.

[ Notice at the end of the Senate Journal for April 14, right after the Special Order vote for H.3189, the record of remarks made by Senator Joel Lourie (D), Senator Hugh Leatherman (R), and Senator Larry Martin (R) noted in the Senate Journal as “Expression of Personal Interest”.  These were essentially pleas/challenges/reproofs for not setting H.3189 for Special Order in the 28 – 16 vote just taken, and exhortations to do so in the future.  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:15:10 ].  Note that embedded within these Senators’ remarks are also remarks by other Senators who also supported Special Order for H.3189 – Senator Paul Thurmond (R), Senator Luke Rankin (R)  [ Luke Rankin welcomed Larry Martin to the “Gang of 28” ], and Senator Vincent Sheheen (D).  Senator Larry Martin (R) is facing three Republican Primary opponents June 14, and he wishes to see the so-called  “dark money” bill H.3189 passed, to take effect in the future after 2016.  Senator Larry Martin (R) began his remarks ( begin at videotape time 1:23:00 ) with these words: “… I don’t think anybody in here has had a bigger target on their back regarding the expenditure of third party money, than I have.”  Realize therefore the significance of this “campaign funding/ethics” bill H.3189 in the mind of 23-year incumbent Senator Larry Martin, in the future after 2016.  During Larry Martin’s remarks, fellow H.3189 supporter, Democrat Senator Vincent Sheheen even “humorously” offered to come up to Pickens County to endorse Larry Martin’s opponent (the thinking being that endorsement of the opponent(s) by a Democrat would hurt the opponent in that opponent’s run as a Republican, thus helping incumbent Larry Martin).

3) Instead, we pray a Special Order vote for S.719 will be taken and will succeed on Tues., April 19. So please call and e-mail the Republican and Democrat Senators further below, as many as you are willing, by NLT Tuesday morning, April 19 when the Republican Senate Caucus meets at 11AM prior to the 12 noon Session in the Senate chamber, saying to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

[ Notice also at the very end of the Senate Journal for April 14, after the “Expression of Personal Interest” by Senator Larry Martin, is one more “Expression of Personal Interest” by Personhood Amendment supporter Senator Kevin Bryant (R).  Senator Bryant’s remarks included these welcome words: “… I did vote No on Special Order for a couple reasons.  One reason is …  Another reason is, we’ve got a bill, S719, called Personhood Bill, and if we can save lives of the unborn, I would much rather save lives of the unborn than some of our re-elections.”  The archived videotape of the April 14 Senate Session is located here [ click on  Thursday, April 14, 2016  11:00 am Senate, begin at videotape time 1:34:15 ].

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

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Please Call and E-mail as you are willing to the South Carolina Senators below.

Recommend you call each Senator’s Gressette Building phone number first; then if you are willing to send an e-mail, that can be done two different ways: 1) Go to the webpage of each individual Senator ( click on links below, or go to www.scstatehouse.gov, click on “Senators” and then on each individual Senator’s name ), and on the individual Senator’s webpage, click on, “Send message to Senator ________” ), fill out and “Send” the e-mail, or 2) use the e-mail addresses below.  If you want to go another step, call the other numbers which the Senator has listed in their biographical information on their Senate webpage, such as home and/or business number(s).  This last option is probably the best if you wish to try to speak personally with the Senator yourself.  If you have the opportunity to do so,
leave messages on any voicemail.

When you call / e-mail any of these Senators, please say to them words to this effect:

“Please vote to give the open Special Order slot to S.719, and please do not vote to give the open Special Order slot to H.3189.  The vote for Special Order for S719 is being counted as a vote for or against the Personhood Constitutional Amendment.  Let the People of South Carolina vote on the ballot November 8, 2016 .”

1) Please first contact these three Republican Senators who are S.719 co-sponsors and/or pledgers, but who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Ronnie W. Cromer E-mail: RonnieCromer@scsenate.gov

Robert W. Hayes, Jr. – E-mail: RobertHayes@scsenate.gov

Tom Young, Jr. – E-mail: TomYoung@scsenate.gov

2) Please next contact your own Senator, Republican or Democrat:

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

3) Then next contact these other seven Republican Senators who voted among the 10 Republicans to give H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14:

Thomas C. Alexander – E-mail: ThomasAlexander@scsenate.gov

Paul G. Campbell, Jr. – E-mail: PaulCampbell@scsenate.gov

Raymond E. Cleary, III – E-mail – RayCleary@scsenate.gov

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. – E-mail: HKL@scsenate.gov

Larry A. Martin – E-mail: LarryMartin@scsenate.gov

Luke A. Rankin – E-mail: LukeRankin@scsenate.gov

Paul Thurmond – E-mail: PaulThurmond@scsenate.gov

4) Then next contact these five Republican Senators who voted on the right side with the 16 Republicans who voted against giving H.3189 Special Order on Thursday, April 14, but who are presently neither co-sponsors, nor pledgers in support of S.719:

Sean Bennett – E-mail: SeanBennett@scsenate.gov

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III – E-mail – ChipCampsen@scsenate.gov

John E. Courson – E-mail: JohnCourson@scsenate.gov

Greg Hembree – E-mail: GregHembree@scsenate.gov

Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. – E-mail: HarveyPeeler@scsenate.gov

5) Then next contact these three Democrat Senators who have co-sponsored Personhood Bill in the past, and who once voted in support of a Personhood Bill Recall from Committee:

Darrell Jackson – E-mail: DarrellJackson@scsenate.gov

Glenn Reese – E-mail: GlennReese@scsenate.gov

Kent Williams – E-mail: KentWilliams@scsenate.gov

6) Then next contact this Democrat Senator who abstained from voting against S.71 in the full Judiicary Committee vote on April 12, 2016:

J. Thomas McElveen, III – E-mail: ThomasMcElveen@scsenate.gov

[ Note: A vote tally for the April 12, 2016 Senate Judiciary Committee vote on favorable passage of S .719 received  from the Senate Judiciary Committee staff is reporting Senator Karl Allen (D) and Senator Gerald Malloy (D) also voted against S.719.  If this is accurate, the April 12 vote would be 11 – 7, not 11 – 5. ]

7) Then next contact these 12 Republican Senators who are co-sponsors and/or pledgers in support of S719, and who were among the 16 Republican Senators who voted correctly against Special Order for H3189 on April 14 ( except Shane Martin who was on leave from the Senate), if you would like to thank and encourage them to stand in the battle which is expected next week:

Lee Bright – E-mail: LeeBright@scsenate.gov

Kevin L. Bryant – E-mail: KevinBryant@scsenate.gov

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin – E-mail: TomCorbin@scsenate.gov

Tom Davis – E-mail: TomDavis@scsenate.gov

Michael L. Fair – E-mail: MikeFair@scsenate.gov

Chauncey K. Gregory – E-mail: GregGregory@scsenate.gov

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms – E-mail: LarryGrooms@scsenate.gov

Shane R. Martin – E-mail: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov

A. Shane Massey – E-mail: ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov

Katrina Frye Shealy – E-mail: KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov

Ross Turner – E-mail: RossTurner@scsenate.gov

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III – E-mail: DanielVerdin@scsenate.gov

8) Finally contact the remaining 14 Democrat Senators:

Contact information for all SC Senators is here:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S

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“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 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