May 30, 2007

SC RTL Act delayed by House Republican leader for Ultrasound Bill in 2007 Session

Correction and revision of earlier April 29, 2007 report:

SC House Republican leader delaying progress of Right to Life Act of SC to facilitate passage of Ultrasound bill during the 2007 Session

In an earlier April 29, 2007 report, it was reported that Rep. Delleney was blocking the progress of the Right to Life Act, and the question was raised whether or not he was still supporting the bill (H.3284). This report did not accurately reflect Rep. Delleney's position, and I apologize to Rep. Delleney for the error. I should have waited longer until Rep. Delleney had clarified his position, instead of sending out that report too hastily.

Republican Chairman of the House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester) has decided not to hold a public hearing on the RTL Act of SC (H.3284) until action is complete in the SC General Assembly on the Ultrasound bill (H.3355). The 2007 regular session ends June 7.

Once action is complete on the Ultrasound bill, Rep. Delleney has stated he will then sign on as a co-sponsor of the Right to Life Act of SC, and grant us a public hearing. The Ultrasound bill passed the House on March 22, and passed the Senate, amended, on May 17. The House then further amended the Senate version on May 24, but the Senate non-concurred on May 29. The House insisted on their amendment May 30, and appointed three members to a conference committee. So it appears the Ultrasound bill will continue to obstruct the RTL Act through the end of the regular 2007 Session. The net effect is that the public hearing for the RTL Act will not be held until the 2008 Session. This would be a delay of House action of nearly a year.

Meanwhile, the Senate version of the RTL Act (S.313), introduced January 23, will not be assigned to a Subcommittee by the Judiciary Chairman, Senator Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston), until after the end of the regular 2007 Session on June 7.

The 2007 Republican-majority make-up of the SC Senate is 24 Republicans and 20 Democrats (with two vacant seats that had been occupied by Republicans).

These are the five members (3 Rep's, 2 Dem's) of the SC House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee:

Representative F. Gregory "Greg" Delleney, Jr., ( R ) District 43 - Chester & York Cos.
Representative Thad T. Viers, ( R ) District 68 - Horry Co.
(presently is a co-sponsor of H.3284, the RTL Act of SC)
Representative James H. Harrison, ( R ) District 75 - Richland Co.
Representative Creighton B. Coleman, ( D ) District 41 - Chester & Fairfield Cos.
Representative Fletcher N. Smith, Jr., ( D ) District 23 - Greenville Co.

The 2007 Republican-majority make-up of the SC House is 73 Republicans and 51 Democrats.



The Right to Life Act of SC (H.3284) presently has 34 co-sponsors in the SC House.

2005 Background:

H.3213 - Right to Life Act of SC - 2005/2006 Legislative Session, with 52 co-sponsors in the SC House

Report on Right to Life Act of SC (H.3213) passing Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on March 31, 2005:

'Take Action to Pass the RTL Act of SC' - April 1, 2005
South Carolina's pro-life bill to end "legalized" abortion (SC House bill H.3213)
On Thursday, March 31, the RTL Act of SC (H.3213) passed the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, on a 3 - 0 vote ! Rep’s Delleney, F.N. Smith, and Hagood voted for the bill. Rep. Harrison abstained. (Rep. Coleman was not present.)

Report on Right to Life Act of SC (H.3213) passing the full Judiciary Committee on April 5, 2005:

'Take Action to Pass the RTL Act of SC' - April 7, 2005
South Carolina's pro-life bill to end "legalized" abortion (SC House bill H.3213)
On Tuesday, April 5, the RTL Act of SC (H.3213) passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 15 - 5 vote ! We give praise and all glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for the bill’s progress !

To listen to the audio recording of the April 5, 2005 full House Judiciary Committee debate on H.3213, when Rep. Delleney articulately explained and defended the Right to Life Act of SC, go to the home page of and click on:

SC House Judiciary Committee, April 5, 2005 - H.3213
Following debate, bill passed favorably by vote of 15 - 5 (roll call)

The Attorney General of SC Legal Opinion dated March 30, 2005 stated the Right to Life Act of SC is constitutional on its face, though would have to be adjudicated if applied to abortion. To see the SC A/G's written opinion, go to # 23 on the 'RTL Act of SC' page of

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."

On the floor of the SC House on April 13, 2005, to the surprise of Columbia Christians for Life and Voice of the Unborn, a 'fatal flaw' rape exception amendment for the so-called 'morning-after pill' was added. The bill passed the full SC House by a vote of 95 - 18 on April 13, 2005 with the rape exception amendment.

As explained in the Roe v Wade decision itself over 34 years ago, exceptions to "personhood" undermine the legal concept and strategy of fetal "personhood." The 1973 Roe text clearly stated that if fetal personhood was established, then the abortion argument would collapse. This is why the rape exception amendment added on the SC House floor was therefore a "fatal flaw" to the bill. As the Roe decision explained in a footnote by pro-abort Roe author Justice Harry Blackmun, there can be no 'exceptions' to the assertion of fetal personhood. In other words, when it comes to banning abortion, 'exceptions' to personhood are unconstitutional. See quotes from 1973 Roe decision, and links to Roe decision at:

"Good" is the enemy of God's "best": the Ultrasound bill versus the Right to Life Act of SC

The Right to Life Act of SC was first introduced in both the SC House and SC Senate in February 1998. The Ultrasound bill on the other hand, is the latest in a long string of incrementalist, abortion-regulation bills, supported by the National Right to Life state chapter, SC Citizens for Life (, going back at least 17 years to 1990. In a very real, practical sense, the Ultrasound bill during the 2007 SC Legislative Session (January 9 through June 7) has been a hindrance, obstruction, and distraction, in the view of CCL, to a more proper focus on principled abortion-ban legislation (like the RTL Act). God's requirement in the case of Murder is JUSTICE, not Regulation ! (e.g., Romans 13:1-4, Genesis 9:6, Micah 6:8, Amos 5:15, Deut. 25:1). The SCCL website does not even mention the Right to Life Act of SC. As Oswald Chambers' devotional entitled "My Utmost For His Highest" says, in so many words: "Good" is the enemy of God's "best."


If you are a born-again Christian, please pray for passage of the RTL Act of SC in 2008. The Supreme Court said in Roe over 34 years ago that if legal 'personhood' was established for the fetus (pre-birth human being) without 'exception,' that the abortion argument would collapse. The RTL Act of SC does this very thing. Abortion could have been stopped 34 years ago.

"But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it."

Psalm 94:15

Hallelu-Yah !

Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary,
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
PO Box 50358, Columbia, SC 29250 / (803) 765-0916
May 30, 2007

May 29, 2007


VOICE OF THE UNBORN & Columbia Christians for Life
“Lo: children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward. ” Psalm 127:3
“… I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Matthew 16:18


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 25, 2007

Johnny Gardner, dir., Voice of the Unborn, ph. (803) 731-0062
Steve Lefemine, dir., Columbia Christians for Life, ph. (803) 765-0916

Thursday, May 31, 2007
11:00 AM
First Floor, SC State House

End of 2007 SC Legislative session report on:

1. the “Right to Life Act of South Carolina” H.3284 / S.313

2. the Unborn Children’s Monument memorial H.3273

Columbia Christians for Life & Voice of the Unborn are having a joint news conference on May 31, 2007 (next to last week of regular 2007 Legislative session) to give a report on the current status of the Right to Life Act of South Carolina (H.3284 / S.313) and the Unborn Children’s Monument memorial (H.3273) as the 2007 SC Legislative session comes to an end on June 7. The news conference will be at 11:00 AM inside our State House, on the first floor, right outside the Governor’s office.

Supporters are being invited to come and please stand with us to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We are seeking to defend the precious lives of our unborn children and make abortion illegal in SC through the Right to Life Act of SC; and to memorialize and repent for the loss of over 317,000 children (1973-2005) destroyed already since 1973, by surgical abortion alone, through the Unborn Children’s Monument memorial.

If you would like to support the ministry efforts of Columbia Christians for Life and Voice of the Unborn to Establish Justice for the Unborn, please consider sending a financial gift.
To donate to Columbia Christians for Life:
Two methods -
1. Please make checks to:
Columbia Christians for Life (CCL)
(not tax deductible)
P.O. Box 50358
Columbia, SC 29250
2. Or, if you are a PayPal member (, you may also send CCL ministry donations to:
[contributions to CCL are not tax-deductible]
To donate to Voice of the Unborn, send checks (not tax deductible) to:
Voice of the Unborn
120 Amsterdam Drive, # G
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
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