Bill: H.3284, the "Right to Life Act of SC"
Where: Room 511, Blatt House Office Building
SC State House complex
Columbia, South Carolina
When: Thursday, February 14, at 9:00 AM
Legislative body: Constitutional Laws Subcommittee of the SC House Judiciary Committee:
Chair, Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Thad Viers (R-Myrtle Beach) - ViersT@schouse.org
Rep. Jim Harrison (R-Columbia) - HJU@schouse.org
Rep. Creighton Coleman (D-Winnsboro) - email@example.com
Rep. Fletcher Smith (R-Greenville) - FNS@schouse.org
Note: Both Rep. Delleney and Rep. Viers are co-sponsors of H.3284 (see below).
The Right to Life Act of SC vests legal personhood at fertilization with no exceptions, thereby invoking the constitutional protections of due process and equal protection for legal "person," thereby ending legalized abortion (child-murder) in South Carolina.
Sponsors: Reps. Davenport, Vick, Huggins, Bingham, Toole, Hamilton, Leach, Shoopman, G.M. Smith, Bedingfield, Simrill, Littlejohn, Owens, Rice, G. Brown, Barfield, M.A. Pitts, E.H. Pitts, Loftis, J.R. Smith, G.R. Smith, Weeks, Whitmire, Viers, Pinson, Talley, Mahaffey, Duncan, Mulvaney, Cato, Walker, Lowe, White, Spires and Delleney
Right to Life
Section 1-1-310. This article may be cited as the 'Right to Life Act of South Carolina'.
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.
HISTORY OF "RIGHT TO LIFE ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA":
The Right to Life Act of SC "Personhood" Bill was first introduced in the SC House in Feb 1998 (www.scstatehouse.net/sess112_1997-1998/bills/4558.htm), and was also first introduced in the SC Senate in Feb 1998 (www.scstatehouse.net/sess112_1997-1998/bills/1060.htm).
The first public hearing was in 2001, when it failed at the House Subcommittee level. The next hearing was in 2004, when it passed the House Subcommittee, but then failed at the full House Judiciary Committee.
In April 2005, the bill (H.3213) passed the full SC House on Second Reading ( 95Y-18N ) for the first time on April 13, 2005 (www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/hj05/20050413.htm), albeit with a fatal flaw rape exception amendment, and on Third Reading ( 91Y-10N ) on April 14, 2005 (www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/hj05/20050414.htm). Any "exceptions" to legal "personhood" fatally undermine the legal concept of "personhood" as contained in the SC Constitution, and in the US Constitution, in the 5th and 14th Amendments. The bill (H.3213/S.111) was given two hearings in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee in May 2005 (for the first time on the SC Senate side), but no action was taken. No hearings or further action took place in the 2006 Session.
The SC House (H.3284) and SC Senate (S.313) bills were re-filed in 2007, but no hearings took place in either the SC House or SC Senate in 2007.
Go to homepage of http://www.christianlifeandliberty.net/, click on "RTL Act of SC" page for history of bill's progress since April 2005. Also, go to: http://www.righttolifeactofsc.net/
Go to homepage of http://www.christianlifeandliberty.net/ to hear these audio files of the testimony and discussion in committee meetings conducted in April/May 2005:
SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, May 18, 2005 - S.111/H.3213
Audio (36:09) - Public hearing, no debate or vote
SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, May 4, 2005 - S.111/H.3213
Audio (40:50) - Public hearing, no debate or vote
SC House Judiciary Committee, April 5, 2005 - H.3213
Audio (38:33) - Following debate, bill passed favorably by vote of 15 - 5 (roll call)
Legal Opinion (2005) of South Carolina Attorney General on the Right to Life Act of SC
"Accordingly, it is our opinion that the Right to Life Act is constitutional."
From the very text of the Roe v. Wade decision - if "personhood" for the fetus is established (with no "exceptions") then the legal argument for abortion "collapses":
Right to Life Act of SC - news conference and "Jesus Christ is Lord of the Gates" pro-life rally - Jan. 17, 2006
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.” In other words, there never would have been legalized abortion under Roe v. Wade. But tragically, Texas had an “exception” which undermined their entire “personhood” argument. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote: “[ Footnote 54 ] When Texas urges that a fetus is entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protection as a person, it faces a dilemma. Neither in Texas nor in any other State are all abortions prohibited. Despite broad proscription, an exception always exists… But if the fetus is a person who is not to be deprived of life without due process of law, and if the mother's condition is the sole determinant, does not the Texas exception appear to be out of line with the Amendment's command? ...” http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=410&invol=113
The Right to Life Act of SC, in statutorily vesting legal “personhood” at fertilization for ALL human beings, satisifies the Roe formula published 35 years ago. The issue of legal “Personhood” for ALL human beings, without exception, is a key to unlocking the 35 year old Roe v. Wade abortion enigma.
2007 State-Level Bills Banning Abortions in Eight U.S. States
- AL, CO, GA, MT, ND, SC, TX, VA (16% of States in U.S.)
Revised and updated as of March 29, 2007
(NOTE: additional current (2008) efforts to pass state-level "Personhood" constitutional amendments
have been taken up in at least Michigan, Georgia, and Colorado)
"Personhood Song" - Artist: Tony Funderbunk (4:06 - audio link)
"Give an unborn baby personhood..."
George Mason, Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention, 1787:
"Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven upon a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes nation sins, by national calamites."
America lost over 600,000 American lives in the War Between Americans (1861-1865) as a result of God's divine judgment on the national sin of America's institutionalized chattel slavery system
Just as God is already bringing incrementally greater divine judgment (e.g., 9-11, War in Iraq, ongoing Foreign Invasion by 12-20 Million Illegal Aliens, etc., etc., etc.) upon America for our federal, state, and local government-protected, institutionalized system of child-murder in our 750 plus abortion centers and hospitals and doctors offices today. www.lifedynamics.com/DeathCamps/DeathCamps.cfm
AMERICA - A NATION UNDER DIVINE JUDGMENT.
Psalm 33:12; Proverb 14:34; Psalm 9:17; 2 Kings 24:1-4; Jeremiah 19:3-5; Psalm 106:37-42
Foreign invasion (12-20 Million Illegal Aliens) and War (Iraq) are divine consequences upon a nation, any nation, for the shedding of innocent blood (e.g., 2 Kings 24:1-4)...
"If My people [Christians], which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways [sins of commission and omission]; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land [America, or any nation]."
2 Chronicles 7:14
FIFTH ANNUAL "REPENTANCE FOR BLOODGUILT" OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE IN COLUMBIA, SC (since January 2003)
Sunday, January 21, 2007, South Steps, SC State House, Columbia, South Carolina
"But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it."
Psalm 94:15, KJB
"Contemporary Christian Artist: Tim Juillet"
(scroll down to song in player window in upper right of home page)
No King but King Jesus! (Yeshua Messiah)
Declarations and Evidences of Christian Faith in America’s Colonial Charters, State Constitutions, and other Historical Documents during over 375 Years of American History: 1606 to 1982
"... I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. 16:18
Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
PO Box 50358
February 12, 2008