February 02, 2006

SC Senate Hearing on Right to Life Act of SC - Thurs., Feb 2 - FALSE ALARM

CORRECTION: The alert put out yesterday (Feb. 1) regarding a SC Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Right to Life Act of SC (H.3213 / S.111) scheduled for today (Feb. 2) on the State House grounds, in the Gressette Building, Room 308 A, at 10:00 AM turned out to be incorrect. We found out after we arrived on the third floor of the Gressette Building this morning that S.111 was not on the agenda for the meeting. Due to a miscommunication by a staff member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee notified potentially interested parties about a hearing for another organization's bill, but it turned out that the hearing did not include the Right to Life Act of SC.

Based upon a statement made by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee chairman, Sen. Jim Ritchie (R-Spartanburg) on January 24, we believe that Sen. Ritchie's Subcommittee will most likely take up the Right to Life Act of SC within the next three weeks, possibly sometime during the last week in February.

These are the five members (4 R’s, 1 D) of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee which presently has the bill none of these five men are yet co-sponsors of the Right to Life Act of SC (S.111):

Senator Jim Ritchie, chairman (R Spartanburg)
Senator Randy Scott (R Summerville)
Senator Luke Rankin (R Myrtle Beach)
Senator Joel Lourie (D Columbia)
Senator Glenn McConnell, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (R Charleston)

Please contact (call, e-mail, write, fax, visit) these five SC Senators between now and Monday, Feb. 20 with this request:

"Please vote for and pass the Right to Life Act of South Carolina without any amendments for exceptions."

(see contact information for each SC State Senator below:)


Pray for passage of the Right to Life Act of SC (S.111/H.3213) without any amendments for "exceptions"

Contact info for SC Senators:
Ritchie (R), Scott (R), Rankin (R), Lourie (D) and McConnell (R):

NOTE: all Senators can be faxed at 803-212-6299 include the Senator’s name on whatever you fax !

Senator James H. "Jim" Ritchie, Jr. District 13 - Greenville, Spartanburg & Union Cos.
(H) 302 South Pine St., Spartanburg, 29302
Bus. (864)585-2275 Home (864)585-6047
E-Mail Address: JHR@scsenate.org
(C) 608 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29202
Bus. (803) 212-6008/6032

Senator Randy Scott District 38 - Charleston & Dorchester Cos.
(H) 107 Cleveland St., Summerville, 29483
Bus. (843)873-5544 Home (843)871-2964
E-Mail Address: SCOTTR@scsenate.org
(C) 606 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29202
Bus. (803) 212-6024

Senator Luke A. Rankin, Sr. District 33 - Horry Co.
(H) 201 Beaty St., Conway, 29526
Bus. (843)248-2405 Home (843)626-6269
E-Mail Address: LR@scsenate.org
(C) 508 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29202
Bus. (803) 212-6132

Senator Joel Lourie District 22 - Kershaw & Richland Cos.
(H) P.O. Box 6212, Columbia, 29260
Bus.(803)765-9200 ext.257 Home(803)787-5802
E-Mail Addr: JBL@scsenate.org
(C) 504 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29202
Bus. (803) 212-6116

Senator Glenn F. McConnell (Senate Judiciary Committee chairman) District 41 Charleston Co.
(H) 27 Bainbridge Dr., Charleston, 29407
Bus. (843)747-7554 Home (843)571-3921
E-Mail Address: SJU@scsenate.org
(C) 101 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29202
Bus. (803) 212-6610

SOUTH CAROLINA is one of FIVE states (in addition to OHIO, GEORGIA, NORTH DAKOTA, and NEW HAMPSHIRE) which have had active, principled, biblical, constitutional, ban-all-abortion bills (i.e., no "exceptions") state-level bills in their respective state legislatures currecntly and/or in recent years:

South Carolina (2005-2006):
SC Senate Bill S.111 and SC House Bill H.3213
SC Senate bill: www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/bills/111.htm
SC House bill: www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/bills/3213.htm
see also: www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net/RTL_Act.htm
and www.RighttoLifeActofSC.net

Georgia (2005):
Georgia House Bill HB 93

North Dakota (2005):
North Dakota House Bill No. 1227

New Hampshire Right to Life Act (2003):

Ohio (2005-2006):
Ohio House Bill 228

see also: http://ohioabortionban.com/


South Carolina 2004 Abortion Statistics:

Total reported child-murders-by-surgical-abortion in 2004: 6,565
(decrease of 8 abortions compared to 2003)

Abortions committed at Charleston abortion center: 2,835
(increase of 178 abortions compared to 2003)

Abortions committed at Greenville abortion center: 2,359
(decrease of 75 abortions compared to 2003)

Abortions committed at Columbia abortion center: 1,335
(decrease of 91 abortions compared to 2003)

Abortions committed in ‘hospitals’ statewide: 36
(decrease of 20 abortions compared to 2003)


Feb. 2, 2006
Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
Columbia, SC

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