Praise the Lord !
The vote on the 25-member House Judiciary Committee was 15 - 5 in favor of passage (with one abstention, and four members absent).
See also story reported on-line at:
MAKE ABORTION ILLEGAL
April 06, 2005
Committee Passes Personhood Bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An unborn child would have rights to due process and equal protection of the law under a bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The measure passed on a 15-to-5 vote. It would establish that rights begin "at fertilization."
Posted by Editor at 07:22 AM
We give all praise and glory to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah) for this second step of progress in moving the bill through the legislative process.
The next step, Lord willing, is debate (and hopefully, prayerfully, passage) on the floor of the South Carolina House of Representatives. The bill was just reported to the full House assembled today, April 6, as having been reported favorably out of the House Judiciary Committee. It is anticipated that the bill (H.3213) will likely appear on the "uncontested" portion of the House calendar for tomorrow, Thursday, April 7, but that it will in fact then be contested by those (pro-aborts) who oppose the bill. If that is the case, the bill would then be placed on the "contested" calendar, and would likely, Lord willing, come up for actual floor debate on either Tuesday, April 12, or Wednesday, April 13.
You can look at the daily SC House calendars to see if the bill is scheduled at: http://www.scstatehouse.net/hcal/houcal.htm
More information will be sent out later (either later today or tomorrow).
If you support establishing justice for pre-birth human beings and ending so-called "legalized" child-murder-by-abortion, you can help with the ongoing lobbying effort, as we now move to focus on the 124 members (70 R's, 50 D's) of the full SC House of Representatives.
Mathematically, we would need 63 co-sponsors to have a majority of the votes in the full 124-member SC House.
We presently have 43 co-sponsors (40 Republicans, 3 Democrats), We need 20 more votes beyond these 43 co-sponsors !
These are the 43 co-sponsors:
Sponsors: Reps. Davenport, Vaughn, Toole, Tripp, Vick, Simrill, Bingham, J.R. Smith, Rice, Talley, G. Brown, Barfield, Owens, M.A. Pitts, G.R. Smith, Hamilton, White, Clark, Walker, Pinson, Loftis, Leach, McGee, W.D. Smith, Viers, Cato, Perry, Delleney, Altman, Cooper, Haskins, Huggins, Littlejohn, Hiott, Mahaffey, Wilkins, Merrill, D.C. Smith, Herbkersman, Bailey, Ceips, J. Brown and G.M. Smith
These above are the 43 co-sponsors (40 Republicans, 3 Democrats).There are 81 other members of the SC House (34 Republicans and47 Democrats) who are not yet co-sponsors. Some of these have already told us verbally that they will support the bill on the floor of the SC House, however, for targeted legislators, we want to ask pro-life people to contact the targeted legislators (i.e., all the remaining 34 Republicans, and a few selected Democrats), and ask them to: "Please vote for the RTL Act of SC when it comes up for floor debate in the SC House, most likely either Tuesday, April 12, or Wednesday, April 13."
A list of these 34 Republicans and selected Democrats will besent out in the form of a "flyer" later (today or tomorrow), but those who wish to get started lobbying can look for the e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses of any Republican members of the SC House who are not among the 43 co-sponors listed above, at the website URL below:
ALL HOUSE MEMBERS MAILING ADDRESS:
You may also write any Member of the House at:
You may also write any Member of the House at:
Post Office Box 11867
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1867
ALL HOUSE MEMBERS FAX NUMBER:
You may also fax any Member of the House at (make sure "To:" their name is included):
You can see the text of bill H.3213 from the homepage link at:
or go to SC Legislative website at:
where you can also see an up-to-date list of the bill co-sponsors
There are presently a total of 43 co-sponsors of the bill out of the 124-member SC House of Representatives actually listed on-line with thebill as of this report. The goal is to have 50. To have a "majority-plus-one"for assured passage of the bill in the full SC House, we would need at least63 total votes for the bill.
The 124-member SC House has 74 Republicans and 50 Democrats. So far there are 40 R's and 3 D's co-sponsoring H.3213). So there remain 34 other Republicans in the SC House who are not yet co-sponsors, or over 45% of the Republicans in the SC House who are not co-sponsoring the RTL Act of SC (H.3213) at present.
If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please pray for all 124 members of the SC House of Representatives: (Prov. 21:1)
Also, I would invite Christians who are so led of the Lord, to consider fasting one or more days between now, Wednesday, April 6th, and whenever the bill is voted upon on the floor of the SC House (most likely either Tuesday, April 12, or Wednesday, April 13), crying out to God in repentance and tears for the Lord to tear down this demonic strongholdof child-murder-by-abortion in our state.
Jesus said there were some devils that "goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21
I have been fasting in different modes, and plan to continue. One may practice a normal fast (water only), or some variation as the Lord leads (perhaps juices in addition to water, or perhaps an occasional bowl of soup, or perhaps fasting 1 or 2 meals per day instead of all three). Whatever you do, do it in "faith" (Romans 14:23), as unto the Lord, and forHis glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
More to come later after this preliminary report.
April 6, 2005
Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
CCL lobbyistColumbia, SC