Columbia Christians for Life
P.O. Box 50358, Columbia, S.C. 29250 * (803) 765-0916 * www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net
“… I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
"JESUS is Pro-Life" Rally
Monday, January 22, 2007, 12 Noon: North Steps, SC State House, Columbia, SC
Statement by Steve Lefemine, dir. Columbia Christians for Life: ( http://www.righttolifeactofsc.net/ )
Re: ‘Right to Life Act of South Carolina’ [H.3284 in 2007/2008 session]
Good day, my name is Steve Lefemine. I am director of Columbia Christians for Life. I wish to report on the ongoing effort to ESTABLISH JUSTICE for ALL pre-birth human beings in SC, beginning at fertilization, and to renew the now 10-year-old call for passage of the Right to Life Act of SC, legislation first introduced in 1998, and active in the SC General Assembly every year since, including 2007. This bill, if passed into law, would recognize the legal "personhood" of human beings in the womb, thereby meeting the criterion set 34 years ago in the very text of the Roe v. Wade decision itself, for the "collapse" of the fallacious, unconstitutional, and wicked pro-abortion argument. If South Carolina were to pass this bill, H.3284, into law, our state could lead the nation in overturning Roe v. Wade. No doubt such a law would be challenged in court by the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest chain of abortion centers, with one even right here in Columbia that kills over 1,000 babies each year. Could our state provide the test case that the Lord might use to end abortion not only in SC, but to pave the way for other states also ? The Bible says in Matthew 19:26, "… with God all things are possible." In the 2005/2006 legislative period, over 20% of US States had abortion ban legislation of one form or another active in their state legislatures. So far in 2007, three States: Georgia, Montana, and SC, are known to have active abortion ban bills filed in their state legislatures. 11 State bills in 2005/2006 banning abortions: www.christianlifeandliberty.net/H3213-S111-121.doc
Next, the status of the daily war on the unborn being waged in the midst of the so-called Bible belt, primarily in SC's three major cities of Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston: the number of child-murders-by-abortion increased in 2005 over 2004 to a statewide total of 6,715 babies torn to pieces in their mothers' wombs, or over 125 / week in SC. Since 1973, SC has murdered over 317,000 children on its own soil: the land is polluted by their shed innocent blood (Numbers 35:33).
Last year, the Republican-majority SC Senate (26 R, 20 D) had an opportunity to pass the Right to Life Act of SC, which had already passed the SC House in April 2005, albeit with a "fatal flaw" rape exception amendment. However, the bill was killed in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee chaired by Republican Senator Jim Ritchie (Spartanburg), on a subcommittee where 4 of the 5 senators eligible to vote were Republicans, including Senate President Pro Tempore Senator Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston). We need Christians like yourselves to let your voice be heard by these men. Jesus Christ is Lord.
Incredibly, even after the lesson of the Republican Party losing both the US House and the US Senate, for their failures on multiple issues, including Illegal Immigration, the Iraq War, ABORTION, and federal spending, the Republican leaders in the SC State House, including Speaker Bobby Harrell, Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell, and Governor Mark Sanford have still not gotten the full message. Did any of you listen to the legislative priorities of Governor Mark Sanford in his recent State of the State address ? Was preventing the shedding of innocent blood of babies even mentioned ??? No, it absolutely was not ! Ending the murder of SC's children is simply still not a priority for these men who lack vision and who lack a healthy fear of God's wrath upon this state and nation (Proverb 29:18; Proverb 9:10; Proverb 8:13).
Perhaps part of the "problem" for this negligence is two-fold: Ending abortion is quite achievable as a legal matter - statutorily declaring legal personhood at fertilization would end the abortion holocaust, as explained right in the text of the Roe v. Wade decision itself. However, these political leaders apparently lack the courage, passion, and fear of God to be willing to pay the political price to do what is known, achievable, and effective to bring an end to 34 years of child-killing-in-the-womb. The 1973 Roe decision stated that if legal "personhood" was vested for the unborn, that the pro-abortion argument would then collapse. In the very text of the Roe v. Wade US supreme Court decision it states, “[Texas] argue[s] that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment… If this suggestion of personhood is established, the [pro-abortion] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.” http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=410&invol=113
However, the Texas law at issue in Roe had an "exception" to a complete ban on abortion for the "life of the mother," and so their argument for legal "personhood" failed in part because of that. One of the lessons from Roe is that when it comes to establishing a legal ban on abortion, "exceptions" are unconstitutional, violating the Constitution's Equal Protection clause.
In conclusion, the Right to Life Act of SC, in statutorily vesting legal “personhood” at fertilization for ALL human beings, satisifies the Roe formula published 34 years ago. The issue of legal “personhood” for ALL human beings, without exception, is a key to unlocking the 34 year old Roe v. Wade abortion enigma. Thank you. Amen.