SC Senate approves Section 108 (PEBA) of State Budget (H4000) even though it contains State-funding of certain “abortions” in State Health Insurance Plan:

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Columbia Christians for Life ( CCL )
aka Christians for Life and Liberty ( CLL )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 22, 2019

April 18 Columbia, SC

SC Senate approves Section 108 (PEBA) of State Budget (H4000) even though it contains State-funding of certain “abortions” in State Health Insurance Plan:

Note: This Report initially sent out by text on April 21-22; the SC Senate gave Third Reading approval to SC State Budget for FY 2019-2010 on April 18; H4000 sent back to SC House
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As reported previously (see below), on April 17, the SC Senate tabled Senator Cash’s Amdt to budget (No. 22) to stop funding certain “abortions” in State Health Insurance Plan, by vote of 24 Ayes – 21 Nays (with Gregory, Leatherman, Massey,  Rankin, and Senn joining all 19 Dem’s to table), and so the funding for these certain “abortions” REMAINED IN THE BUDGET (within Section 108).

(Search for “No. 22”):

SC Senate Journal for 4/17/2019
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/sj19/20190417.htm

Previous report:

(SC) Wed., April 17, 2019
Re: SC Senate votes against stopping State-funding of certain “abortions” through SC State Health Insurance Plan (PEBA)

(report posted on ‘Personhood Act’ page of ChristianLifeandLiberty.net as #164.)
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Then on April 18, when it came time for the SC Senate to start finishing up debate on budget, and final voting on all the complete Sections took place, the SC Senate approved  Section 108 (PEBA), “abortion” funding and all. Section 108 was approved as follows:

Ayes 37; Nays 6; Abstain 1

AYES (Total – 37)

Republicans (20): Alexander, Bennett, Campbell, Campsen, Corbin, Cromer, Davis, Gambrell, Goldfinch, Gregory, Hembree, Leatherman, Loftis, Martin, Peeler, Rankin, Shealy, Talley, Turner, Young

Democrats (17): (all Democrats except Hutto and Williams on leave)
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NAYS (Total – 6)

Republicans (6): Cash, Climer, Grooms, Massey, Rice, Verdin
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ABSTAIN (1)

Republican (1): Senn
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Section 108 was adopted.

(Search for “Section 108”):

SC Senate Journal for 4/18/2019
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/sj19/20190418.htm
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So the Cash Amdt (No. 22) was tabled April 17, by 24 – 21 vote; then the whole of Section 108, WITH THE  “ABORTION” FUNDING, was approved April 18, by 37 – 6 – 1 vote.
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Proverbs 6:16,17, KJV

Columbia Christians for Life
ChristianLifeandLiberty .net

 

SC Senate votes against stopping State-funding of certain “abortions” through SC State Health Insurance Plan (PEBA)

Published by:

Columbia Christians for Life ( CCL )
aka Christians for Life and Liberty ( CLL )
Columbia, South Carolina
April 18, 2019 / Correction/Revision February 27, 2020


(SC) Wed., April 17, 2019

SC Senate votes against stopping State-funding of rape, incest, and some ( but not all ) so-called life-of-the-mother “abortions” ***  through the SC State Health Insurance Plan (PEBA)

*** This Correction/Revision is necessary because:

1) As written, the Amendment No. 22 proposed on April 17, 2019 to stop State-funding of certain “abortions” would not have stopped all “abortions” had it been adopted; and

2) The fact that State-funding of all “abortions” would not have been stopped by Amendment No. 22, as written, was inadequately reported and incorrectly evaluated by Columbia Christians for Life back on April 18, 2019.  The intent of this Correction/Revision is to correct that error, and to give a much-needed clarification to the “abortion” debate in SC on what has been a difficult subject to both comprehend and articulate, i.e., the so-called life-of-the-mother “exception” [sic] to a ban on “abortion”.  Such an “exception” [sic] does not exist.


Note: This Report initially sent out by text on April 17, 2019; the SC Senate is still debating  SC State Budget for FY 2019-2010 (H.4000) as of April 18, 2019

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Amendment (No. 22) offered by Senator Cash to stop State-funding of rape, incest, and some ( but not all ) so-called life-of-the-mother
“abortions” in State Health Insurance Plan was tabled (defeated) by vote of 24 to 21 on April 17 in the “REPUBLICAN”-majority Senate (27 R – 19 D).

These five “REPUBLICANS” [sic] below voted to table the Cash Amendment designed to stop State-funding of rape, incest, and some ( but not all ) so-called life-of-the-mother child-murders by “abortion” in the State Health Insurance Plan (PEBA) in the FY 2019-2020 SC State Budget:

– Sen Greg Gregory

– Sen Hugh Leatherman
(Finance Comm Chairman)

– Sen Shane Massey
(Majority “Leader”)

– Sen Luke Rankin
(Judiciary Comm Chairman)

– Sen Sandy Senn
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ALL 19 Democrats also voted to table Cash Amdt No.22,
including:

– Sen Darrell Jackson
(“pastor”)

– Sen Glenn Reese

– Sen Kent Williams

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(Search for “No. 22”)

SC Senate Journal for 4/17/2019
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/sj19/20190417.htm

Amendment No. 22

Senator CASH proposed the following amendment (4000R001.KMM.RJC.DOCX), which was tabled:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 108, PUBLIC EMPLOYEE BENEFIT AUTHORITY, page 466, proviso 108.4, by striking the proviso in its entirety, and inserting /   108.4. (PEBA: Funding Abortions Prohibited)
No funds appropriated for employer contributions to the State Health Insurance Plan may be expended to reimburse the expenses of an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or where the mother’s medical condition is one which, on the basis of the physician’s good faith judgment, so complicates the pregnancy as to necessitate an immediate abortion to avert the risk of her death or for which a delay will create serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of major bodily function in which the life of the mother is at risk and the termination of the pregnancy is incidental to the lifesaving intervention, and the State Health Plan may not offer coverage for abortion services, including ancillary services provided
contemporaneously with abortion services or services incidental to abortion except as permitted by this provision.
Physicians shall act in accordance with the standard of care to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of the pre-born child. The Public Employee Benefit Authority must determine the amount of the total premium paid for health coverage necessary to cover the risks associated with reimbursing participants in the plan for obtaining an abortion in the circumstances covered by this provision. The determination must be based on actuarial data and empirical study in the same manner and by the same method that other risks are adjusted for in similar circumstances. The plan must report this determination annually to the respective Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee./

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Here is the beginning of the flawed language in Amendment No. 22 above:

“No funds appropriated for employer contributions to the State Health Insurance Plan may be expended to reimburse the expenses of an abortion, exceptin which the life of the mother is at risk and the termination of the pregnancy is incidental to the lifesaving intervention, …”  [ emphasis added ]

A significant part of what is problematic about the Amendment No. 22 language is that “abortions” are never “incidental” to a medically necessary life-saving procedure/intervention.  Use of the term “abortion” is erroneous because a truly medically necessary life-saving procedure/intervention ( e.g., in the case of a medically necessary removal of an ectopic pregnancy to prevent severe hemorrhaging ) is not an “abortion”.

“Abortion – the direct killing of the preborn child – is never necessary to save the mother’s life.”

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians,
Statement S.457 Senate Judiciary Subcomm. Hearing
March 13, 2014

“Abortion” is the direct, intentional killing of the preborn child.  See the definition of “Abortion” in the SC Code of Laws, Title 44, Chapter 41, below:

“SECTION 44-41-10. Definitions. As used in this chapter: (a) “Abortion” means the use of an instrument, medicine, drug, or other substance or device with intent to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant for reasons other than to increase the probability of a live birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus.”
[ emphasis added ]

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“Abortion” is Murder because it has the purpose of intentionally destroying the unborn child.

Furthermore, there are no exceptions to the Biblical ban on murder ( Exodus 20:13, KJV ).

See “ No Exceptions” tab at ChristiansforPersonhood.com

Christians for Personhood
Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/29/personhood-report-no-exceptions-to-personhood/

Christians for Personhood
Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/30/personhood-report-in-law-no-exceptions-to-human-personhood/

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Notes:

1) All 46 SC Senate seats are up for Re-election in 2020, beginning with Primaries in June 2020.

2) Based upon the voting records/positions of the 24 Senators (5 R, 19 D) voting to “Table” Cash Amendment No. 22, all 24 (5 R, 19 D) of these SC Senators who voted today against stopping State-funding of rape, incest, and some ( but not all ) so-called life-of-the-mother child-murders in the State Health Insurance Plan (PEBA) did so because they do not want to ban even only just State-funding of rape and incest “abortions”, not because they had any principled pro-life objection to not also banning State-funding of all so-called life-of-the-mother “abortions”.  So, in principle, their vote may not be able to be scored, since Amendment No. 22 itself was flawed; however, properly evaluated, their vote is certainly instructive: These Senators did not want to ban even only just State-funding of rape and incest “abortions”, and they deserve opposition next year at the polls, especially PRIMARY opposition against the five “REPUBLICANS” [sic] in June 2020.  See scstatehouse .gov, click on “Senators” and then each Member to identify the location of each Senate District of these 24 SC Senators who voted today to continue funding the shedding of innocent blood of preborn children at the expense of SC taxpayers.

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The SC Senate meets @ 9:30am Thurs., April 18, 2019 to continue debate on the SC State Budget [ FY 2019-2020 ].

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Hosea 4:2, KJV

Hosea 4:6, KJV

Ezekiel 35:6, KJV

Columbia Christians for Life
ChristianLifeandLiberty .net

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CCL Note:  All content below until the beginning of the original e-mail as sent out on April 18, 2019 has been added as of this February 27, 2020 Correction/Revision:

There are no exceptions to the Biblical ban on murder ( Exodus 20:13, KJV ).

See “ No Exceptions” tab at ChristiansforPersonhood .com

“Abortion – the direct killing of the preborn child – is never necessary to save the mother’s life.”

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians,
Statement S.457 Senate Judiciary Subcomm. Hearing
March 13, 2014

IT IS NEVER NECESSARY TO INTENTIONALLY DESTROY THE UNBORN CHILD TO SAVE THE MOTHER’S  LIFE; THE PROPER PROCEDURE IS TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SAVE THE LIVES OF BOTH THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD, AND LEAVE THE RESULTS  IN THE HANDS OF GOD, BUT NEVER, TO INTENTIONALLY KILL EITHER THE MOTHER OR THE CHILD.  GOD SAYS, “THOU SHALT NOT KILL (MURDER).”  EXODUS 20:13, KJV

NOTE: PREMATURE DELIVERY OF AN UNBORN CHILD TO SAVE THE MOTHER’S LIFE IS NOT AN “ABORTION”. LIKEWISE, MEDICALLY NECESSARY REMOVAL OF AN  ECTOPIC PREGNANCY IS NOT AN “ABORTION”.  IN NEITHER OF THESE TWO CASES, OR IN SIMILAR CASES, IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PROCEDURE TO INTENTIONALLY DESTROY THE UNBORN CHILD.  THESE ARE NOT “ABORTIONS”.  UNINTENTIONAL LOSS OF THE CHILD’S LIFE IN THESE CASES MAY BE CONCOMITANT WITH A TRULY MEDICALLY NECESSARY LIFE-SAVING PROCEDURE/INTERVENTION WHOSE INTENDED PURPOSE IS NEVER THE INTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION OF THE UNBORN CHILD; HOWEVER THESE ARE NOT ‘ABORTIONS”.

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No Exceptions

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Abortion and Healthcare
https://youtu.be/7uQn6Z0A7eg
Video – 6:18

Dr. Patrick Johnston discusses why doctors might proscribe abortion in cases where the life or health of the mother is in danger.

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Pro-Life Without Exception
[ Video documentary of multiple testimonies ]
https://youtu.be/zwazODlTOBk
Video – 58:33

Is abortion helpful in cases of rape or incest?
What about fetal deformity?
What about threats to the life or health of the mother?
Hear the stories of those who have actually been involved in these difficult circumstances.

Thomas Smith, Ectopic Pregnancy Survivor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Wd5PaUWk8
Video – 3:56

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South Carolina Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on SC Personhood Bill S.457 – March 13, 2014

Dr. Patrick Johnston, Director, Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians,
Statement S.457 Senate Judiciary Subcomm. Hearing
March 13, 2014

“Abortion – the direct killing of the preborn child – is never necessary to save the mother’s life.”

[ Written statement of Dr. Patrick Johnston introduced during testimony by Dr. Henry Jordan before SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee at public hearing on SC Personhood Bill S.457 on March 13, 2014 – video (begin 8:00) ]  [ Video unavailable ]

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Life of the Mother “Exception” by American Right to Life

http://americanrtl.org/life-of-the-mother-exception

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Are There Rare Cases When an Abortion Is Justified?

– By Dr. Patrick Johnston, D.O., Dir., Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
http://mucciolo.net/app/?p=59

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Does an ectopic pregnancy justify intentionally killing the baby?
by Dr. Patrick Johnston, D.O., Dir., Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
https://www.clmagazine.org/topic/medicine-science/does-an-ectopic-pregnancy-justify-intentionally-killing-the-baby/

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Christians for Personhood
No Exceptions
https://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/no-exceptions/

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Christians for Personhood
Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/29/personhood-report-no-exceptions-to-personhood/

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Christians for Personhood
Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2018/01/30/personhood-report-in-law-no-exceptions-to-human-personhood/

PLANNED PARENTHOOD funding STILL in SC State Budget as full Senate to begin budget debate Wed, April 17

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April 16

(SC) Update: PLANNED PARENTHOOD funding STILL in SC State Budget as full Senate to begin budget debate Wed, April 17

Already passed by SC House on March 12/13 with PLANNED PARENTHOOD funding included, SC State Budget for FY 2019-2020
(H.4000) was reported out of Senate Finance Comm to full Senate on April 10 by Chairman, Senator Hugh Leatherman, with PLANNED PARENTHOOD funding STILL present in Section 33 (DHHS) of Senate Finance Comm Report, because of ineffective Proviso 33.25, which does NOT ban Planned Parenthood funding now, but only “once the federal (court) injunction is lifted”.

Part 1B
(Provisos)
Section 33
Proviso 33.25
(DHHS: Family Planning Funds)
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/appropriations2019/sfp1b.htm#s33
(scroll down to Section 33 DHHS)

As previously reported and explained in the posting below, SC Governor McMaster’s proposed Executive Budget contained effective Planned Parenthood defunding Proviso 33:24:

‘(SC) Alert: Planned Parenthood Funding in SC State Budget; Full Senate Finance Committee meets beginning Tues., April 2nd’

March 27, 2019
http://christiansforpersonhood.com/index.php/2019/03/27/sc-alert-planned-parenthood-funding-in-sc-state-budget-full-senate-finance-committee-meets-beginning-tues-april-2nd/

There are nominally 27 Republicans in SC Senate to 19 Democrats. Their contact info is at scstatehouse.gov – click on “The Senate”, then on “Members”.

If your SC Senator is Republican, or one of these three Democrats: Jackson, Reese, Williams, please call and email them requesting they:

1) Work and vote to amend the Budget by replacing current ineffective Proviso 33.25 with the language of Governor McMaster’s effective Proviso 33.24; and,

2) Not vote for Section 33, nor for the final total Budget, if Proviso 33.25 remains as is, with PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING.

Please call beginning  today Tues, 4/16, through Wed, 4/17.

Thank you

Columbia Christians for Life
ChristianLifeandLiberty.net

Heartbeat Bill H3020: “Good” is the Enemy of God’s Best

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Christians for Personhood
April 8, 2019

Heartbeat Bill H3020 is on full SC House Calendar for April 9; however Personhood Bill H3920 is still not yet even assigned to ConLaws Subcomm by House Judiciary Chairman Rep Peter McCoy.

“Good” is the Enemy of God’s Best.

(paraphrase of Oswald Chambers’ ‘My Utmost For His Highest’ daily devotional)

‘The Test Of Self-interest’
My Utmost For His Highest ( May 25 )
https://utmost.org/classic/the-test-of-self-interest-classic/

“The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.”
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Heartbeat Bill H3020 passed BOTH ConLaws Subcomm (3-2) AND full House Judiciary Comm (15-7) on Tuesday, April 2; and H3020 is now on the Calendar of the full SC House for April 9:

SC House Calendar for 4/9/2019
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sessphp/hctoday.htm
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‘Fetal heartbeat abortion ban advances to SC House floor after hours-long debate’

The State
April 2, 2019
https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article228682314.html
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H3020 passed full Judiciary Comm by 15 (14 R, 1 D) to
7 (7 D) vote.

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Christians for Personhood

ChristiansforPersonhood.com

ALL Heartbeat bills have a huge “EXCEPTION”

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Christians for Personhood (CP)
April 5, 2019

In NY Times article below, Georgia RTL supported Georgia’s recently passed incremental child-murder regulation Heartbeat Bill, until rape and incest exceptions were added. For heaven’s sake, by definition, ALL Heartbeat bills have a huge “EXCEPTION” – i.e., allowing the killing of ALL children in the womb who are less than six weeks old !!! Heartbeat bills do NOT “establish Justice” as required by the Preamble of the US Constitution (and therefore inherent in Oath of Office taken by legislators and governors); are contrary to Scripture; and are contrary to a principled, Biblically-sound position of supporting only Personhood, or other legislation which completely abolishes child-murder by “abortion”.

‘Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend’

The New York Times
March 30, 2019
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/us/georgia-fetal-heartbeat-abortion-law.html

Christians for Personhood comments (cont’d):

Georgia RTL is essentially founding affiliate of so-called “Personhood” Alliance:

National Personhood Alliance | Georgia Right to Life
http://www.grtl.org/?q=national-personhood-alliance

However there are leaders within the Romish/ecumenical “Personhood” Alliance who do NOT only support principled, Biblically-sound Personhood legislation.

In fact, a leading voice advocating passage of the Ohio incremental child-murder regulation Heartbeat bill is a president emeritus of the (so-called) Personhood Alliance: Molly Smith, president of the Ohio affiliate of the “Personhood” (sic) Alliance, called Cleveland Right to Life.

Leadership – Personhood Alliance
https://personhood.org/about-us/leadership

The “Personhood” Alliance leaders are NOT all ONLY supporting principled, Biblically-sound Personhood legislation. That is NOT a position faithful to the Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Exodus 20:13
Matthew 19:18
Amos 5:15
Exodus 10:24-26
KJV

Christians for Personhood (CP)
ChristiansforPersonhood.com