The South Carolina House of Representatives has been controlled by the Republican Party since January 1995 (TEN YEARS AGO !) Currently there are 74 Republicans and 50 Democrats in the 124-member SC House. The SC Senate has had a Republican majority since January 2001. Currently there are 26 Republicans and 20 Democrats in the 46-member SC Senate. So, with the "pro-life" Republicans in possession of a 24-vote advantage in the SC House, and a 6-vote advantage in the SC Senate, when is the Right to Life Act of South Carolina (first filed in 1998) going to pass ?
Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
Flyer offered to SC House and Senate members first day of 116th General Assembly:
WELCOME and INVITATION to Pro-Life SC Legislators:
The "Right to Life Act of South Carolina" - H. 3213 / S. 111 www.scstatehouse.net
South Carolina's pro-life bill to end "legalized" abortion.
Pro-Life members of the South Carolina House and Senate are invitedto sign-on as co-sponsors to the Right to Life Act of South Carolina (H. 3213 / S. 111).
The Right to Life Act of South Carolina is the most important Pro-Life legislation filed in the South Carolina Legislature. H. 3213 / S. 111 recognizes the legal right to life of all unborn human beings (persons) from the moment of fertilization (conception).
Over 300,000 unborn human beings in South Carolina alone have been destroyed by surgical abortion since 1973. Over 6,500 unborn children were murdered by surgical abortion in 2003 alone in S.C. There are three major abortion centers remaining in our state (one each in Greenville, Columbia, & Charleston).
The primary sponsors for H. 3213 are Rep. Ralph Davenport and Rep. Lewis Vaughn. In 2004, the Right to Life Act of SC had 34 co-sponsors, and passed the ConLaws. The primary sponsor for S. 111 is Senator Mike Fair. The text of H.3213 is below. S.111 is identical.
South Carolina General Assembly
116th Session, 2005-2006
Sponsors: Reps. Davenport and Vaughn
Prefiled in the House on December 22, 2004
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
12/22/2004 House Prefiled
12/22/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
TO AMEND TITLE 1, CHAPTER 1, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT, BY ADDING ARTICLE 5, SO AS TO ENACT THE "RIGHT TO LIFE ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA" WHICH ESTABLISHES THAT THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS AND THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION VEST AT FERTILIZATION.
Whereas, the General Assembly, under Article III, Section 1A of the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, 1895, is empowered to assemble to make new laws, as the common good may require; and
Whereas, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, 1895, guarantees that no person may be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law or denied the equal protection of the laws; and
Whereas, the General Assembly in the exercise of its constitutional powers and in carrying out its duties and responsibilities under the law finds it necessary and proper to ensure that the rights of its citizens extend to each newly born and preborn human person. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina: SECTION 1. Title 1, Chapter 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Right to Life
Section 1-1-320. The right to due process, whereby no person may be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, and the right to equal protection of the laws, both of which rights are guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State, vest at fertilization."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Prepared by Columbia Christians for Life, PO Box 50358, Columbia, SC 29250 * (803) 765-0916