April 29, 2010

Republican-Majority South Carolina Senate votes to continue Abortion-Funding in State Health Insurance Plan by 24 - 17 vote


FOR RELEASE: Thursday, April 29, 2010

FOR FURTHER INFO: Contact, Steve Lefemine, dir., Columbia Christians for Life, Columbia, SC; (803) 794-6273
www.ChristianLifeandLiberty.net, Home and “RTL Act of SC” page

[COLUMBIA] – Wednesday, April 28, 2010, the Republican-majority South Carolina Senate refused to restore a state budget amendment banning all abortion-funding for rape and incest abortions, and banning all abortion-funding for life of the mother abortions, except where the “termination of the pregnancy is incidental to the lifesaving intervention” and also stating “The physician shall act in accordance with the standard of care to preserve both [emphasis added] the life of the mother and the life of the pre-born child.”

Christian pro-life Senator David Thomas (R-Greenville) introduced and explained the amendment, then pro-abortion Senator Phil Leventis (D-Sumter) attempted to have it ruled out of order, which failed, and then pro-abortion Senator Joel Lourie (D-Richland) spoke against the amendment and then moved to table Senator Thomas’ amendment. The vote to table (defeat) the amendment passed 24 - 17:

24 “Ayes” voting in support of Tabling motion to defeat Senator Thomas’ pro-life amendment:

Republicans (12): Alexander, Campbell, Cleary, Courson, Fair, Knotts, Leatherman, Larry Martin,
McConnell, O'Dell, Peeler, Rankin

Democrats (12): Coleman, Elliott, Ford, Hutto, Land, Leventis, Lourie, Malloy, Nicholson, Scott, Setzler, Williams

17 “Nays” voting against Tabling motion to defeat Senator Thomas’ pro-life amendment:

Republicans (15): Bright, Bryant, Campsen, Cromer, Davis, Grooms, Hayes, Shane Martin, Massey,
Mulvaney, Rose, Ryberg, Shoopman, Thomas, Verdin

Democrats (2): McGill, Reese

Senator Thomas’ pro-life / anti-abortion-funding amendment was tabled. If that amendment remains tabled in the Senate version of the state budget, that means that the State Health Insurance Plan will continue to fund abortions for rape, incest, and all life of the mother abortions, in the Senate version.

However, the Republican-majority SC House of Representatives, in an hours-long overnight debate session on March 17-18, did already admirably persevere in passing the same pro-life, anti-abortion-funding amendment as the one introduced and now defeated in the SC Senate by Senator Thomas on April 28. So the abortion -funding ban remains in the House version of the budget. If the Senate does not repent of its continuation of state-funding of abortion in the SC State Health Insurance Plan before it gives final approval to the budget bill, that would set up a situation requiring resolution in a joint House-Senate Conference Committee assigned to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY 2010-2011 state budget. (Proverbs 6:16,17, KJB)

SC Senate Journal - April 28, 2010 - Budget amendment to de-fund State Health Insurance Plan abortions,

introduced by SC Senator David Thomas (R-Greenville)

- Pro-Life, Anti-Abortion-Funding Amendment to SC State Budget championed by Sen. David Thomas (R-Greenville) DEFEATED.

- DEFEATED by Republican-Majority SC Senate (27 R, 19 D), by a vote of 24 - 17.

Click here to read the document in its entirety.

April 22, 2010

(Audio) SC Personhood Bill (S.450) Radio Alert - WQXL 1470 AM / 95.9 FM


Broadcast through May 5, 2010 (Audio - 0:56)

President Ronald Reagan PERSONHOOD PROCLAMATION - January 14, 1988

President of the United States of America, Proclamation 5761, National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 1988

- "The unalienable right to life is found not only in the Declaration of Independence but also in the Constitution that every President is sworn to preserve, protect, and defend. Both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."

- "NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death, ..."

Source: http://www.personhoodamendments.com/reagan/index.php

April 13, 2010

Remarks by Senator McConnell - SC Senate Journal, April 13, 2010

Remarks by Senator Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) made in opposition to the Recall of S.450 (SC Personhood Bill)
[ After linking to the entire Senate Journal for April 13, 2010, then conduct search for: Remarks by Senator McConnell ]
Senator McConnell's remarks include: 1) Repeatedly and erroneously calling the bill "unconstitutional"
2) Expressing his opposition to requiring the State of SC to defend in court, at taxpayers' expense, the right to life of unborn children as "persons", should this bill become law and likely be challenged in court
3) Asserting his support for allowing the execution of unborn children in the womb if their circumstances of conception include rape, incest, or the so-called health or so-called life of the mother
4) Expressing his opposition to charging "doctors" who murder human beings in the womb with manslaughter or murder

Republican-Majority South Carolina Senate Rejects Opportunity to Advance Personhood Bill by 24-18 vote; Abandons Pre-Born Children



FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

FOR FURTHER INFO: Contact, Steve Lefemine, dir., Columbia Christians for Life, Columbia, SC; (803) 794-6273
http://www.christianlifeandliberty.net/ , Home and “RTL Act of SC” page

[COLUMBIA] – For the first time in the 12 years since personhood legislation was first introduced in the South Carolina Senate in 1998, a vote regarding the legislation occurred on the floor of the SC Senate today, April 13. Primary sponsor, Christian pro-life Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) moved to Recall the Personhood Bill, S.450, from Senator Glenn McConnell’s (R-Charleston) Judiciary Committee, where it has been intentionally blocked by McConnell’s hand-picked Judiciary Subcommittee chairman Senator Jake Knotts (Lexington). Senator Knotts has refused to even hold a public hearing on the bill. After a period of debate on Senator Bright’s Recall motion today, an opposing motion to Table the Recall motion was proposed, which passed 24 -18, thereby killing Senator Bright’s valiant effort to Recall S.450 from McConnell’s / Knotts’ Committees.

The Personhood Bill (S.450) has been blocked by McConnell and Knotts despite the dual facts that: 1) 50% of the SC Senate (23 of 46 members – 19 R’s, 4 D’s) is co-sponsoring the bill; and 2) 50% of Senator Knotts’ Judiciary Subcommittee (three of six members) is co-sponsoring the bill. The SC Senate has 27 Republicans, 19 Democrats.

After Senator Bright moved to Recall the Personhood Bill from McConnell’s Judiciary Committee, Senator McConnell went to the Senate podium to speak against the bill, arguing (erroneously) that the bill is unconstitutional [ Note: U.S. Supreme Court decisions are NOT the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution isArticle VI., Sec. 2., U.S. Constitution; it is Roe v. Wade which is unconstitutional ]. Senator Bright then spoke at the podium in support of his bill, Senator Knotts spoke against the bill, Senator Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) spoke in support of the bill, Senator Chip Campsen (R-Charleston) spoke against the bill, and Senator Phil Leventis (D-Sumter) spoke against the bill. Pro-Abortion Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) then moved to Table the Recall motion, with results as follows:

24 “Ayes” voting in support of Tabling motion to kill Recall [ KILL PERSONHOOD ] effort:
Republicans (12): Alexander, Campbell, Campsen, Cleary, Courson, Cromer, Knotts, Leatherman, Larry Martin, McConnell, O'Dell, Peeler
Democrats (12): Anderson, Coleman, Elliott, Hutto, Land, Leventis, Lourie, Malloy, Nicholson, Pinckney, Scott, Setzler

18 “Nays” voting against Tabling motion to kill Recall [ KILL PERSONHOOD ] effort:
Republicans (14): Bright, Bryant, Davis, Fair, Grooms, Hayes, Shane Martin, Massey, Mulvaney, Rose, Ryberg, Shoopman, Thomas, Verdin
Democrats (4): Jackson, McGill, Reese, Williams

The motion to Recall the Bill was tabled, the Personhood Bill was killed for 2010, and 7,000+ Pre-born Children each year will continue to be destroyed in their mother’s wombs in South Carolina, with the help of several professing “pro-life”, professing “Christian”, professing “Republican” SC State Senators.

The SC Personhood Bill (S.450 / H.3526) is constitutional, and meets the express requirement set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade (1973), that “If … personhood is established, … the fetus’ [ pre-born child’s ] right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [ 14th ] Amendment.”

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April 10, 2010

Letter to SC Senate President Pro Tem Senator Glenn McConnell (R) Re: Executing Rape Babies

Columbia Christians for Life
P.O. Box 50358, Columbia, S.C. 29250 * (803) 794-6273 * http://www.christianlifeandliberty.net/
“… I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

April 10, 2010
TO: Senator Glenn McConnell (R)
Senate President Pro Tempore / Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
27 Bainbridge Drive, Charleston, SC 29407

RE: “Life Beginning at Conception Act” – S.450
- The SC Legal “Personhood” for Preborn Human Beings Bill

SUBJECT: Should a child conceived in circumstances of rape be murdered/executed for the sin/crime of his or her father ?

Dear Senator McConnell,

You have presented the circumstance of the conception of a child by a rape victim as one of the reasons you are not supporting S.450, the SC Personhood Bill. Presumably, you believe it is necessary to allow the victimized mother the “legal” [sic] option to kill the judicially innocent pre-born child in her womb.

The simple, straightforward reply to this is that such an act is evil on its face because God has written, with His own Hand, “Thou shalt not kill (murder).” Exodus 20:13 (KJB). No man or woman ever has the authority to change, or to violate God’s Word. If one truly has a right reverence and Biblical fear of God, then God’s Word is fully sufficient and complete for directing us to the proper decision, including in the difficult matter of a woman who has been impregnated by a rapist. The Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…” (Proverb 1:7, KJB); and also “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverb 9:10). If on the other hand, men attempt to “reckon without God,” and ignore His Divine counsel, then we can arrive at incorrect, foolish, and even wicked decisions; even if in our own humanistic thinking, we believe we are being thoughtful, considerate, or compassionate. The Bible says, “… the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverb 12:10b, KJB). It is NOT compassionate, it is NOT merciful, it is NOT good, to sustain the option of a woman, even one victimized by a detestable criminal such as a rapist, to murder / execute the child in her womb. That is NOT compassion, it is CRUEL, and it is HATE – hate for the child; how can it be anything else to so violate the child’s humanity, the child’s “personhood”, as to terminally victimize an innocent party to the crime of his or her father ? How is the murder / execution of a judicially innocent human being in the womb of his or her mother, if conceived in a rape, ever consistent with even the most basic fundamentals of law and justice ? How can it be anything but an evil perversion of justice to murder / execute a child for the sin / crime of his or her father ?!!

I believe it is fair to say that you are not only personally not supporting this bill as an individual Senator, but in your role as Judiciary Committee Chairman, you have repeatedly assigned the Personhood bill (which was first introduced in an earlier version in 1998), to an unfavorable Senate Judiciary Subcommittee; certainly this has been the case in the 2005-2006 Session, the 2007-2008 Session; and now, given the refusal of your presently assigned Subcommittee chairman, Senator Jake Knotts, to even granting a public hearing for the bill, is also true for the 2009-2010 Session. This current situation is made more egregious by the dual facts that: 1) 50% of the SC Senate (23 of 46 members) is co-sponsoring the bill; and 2) 50% of Senator Knotts’ Subcommittee (three of six members) is co-sponsoring the bill. While it would appear, numerically, that supporters of the bill lack only one vote to insure success in a Recall effort, one has to wonder how many Senators truly feel they have the liberty to vote their conscience in the matter, and how many fear potential retribution by the President Pro Tempore / Judiciary Chairman down the road ? Are you willing to publicly state these 23 Senators have complete liberty, and no fear of retributive action from you in the future if they vote to Recall this bill ? Or am I being naïve ?; that of course you would take a pound of flesh from them ?

Senator Jake Knotts has also repeatedly brought up the rape issue, and has persisted in his unbiblical and therefore morally unjust view that a woman should have a “choice” to murder / execute her own child because of the sin / crime of a rapist father. Sadly, he maintained this view even when afforded the opportunity to speak face-to-face outside the Senate chamber recently with a woman from Swansea who had been a victim of rape, who conceived, and who gave birth to a daughter, now seven years old, who this mother has received as a blessing in her life. Senator McConnell, you were also presented with the opportunity to speak to this same woman, but expressed your inability to stop and speak at that time. Perhaps you will have another opportunity to hear this woman’s own testimony.

Senator McConnell, you and every other member of the Senate has also been provided a written copy of the testimony of another woman, formerly a resident of Columbia, who had been raped twice, and had conceived twice. She aborted the first baby, and made an adoption plan for the second baby. Her testimony was, “I have been raped twice and have dealt with it both ways.” ABORTION “doesn’t take the rape away; it only adds more guilt and makes a terrible experience more painful.” She continued, “The real victim in a rape pregnancy is the baby. I was a victim but I’m still alive. My baby died a painful, brutal death at the hands of the one who was supposed to protect her – mommy.” Senator McConnell, why will you not heed the testimonies of these women who have lived and dealt with this issue ? “Abortion” doesn’t help anybody, NOT the mother, and certainly NOT the baby. “Abortion” hurts women, and “abortion” kills children – so where is the “good” in any of that ? No, “Abortion” is evil and wrong in the terrible circumstance of rape also.

Senator Knotts has been presented with the name of Ethel Waters, the gifted and well-known singer of an earlier generation (1896-1977). Perhaps you may remember her name also: “Her best-known recording was her version of the spiritual, "His Eye is on the Sparrow", and she was the second African American ever nominated for an Academy Award.” ( Ethel Waters, wikipedia ). How many know the circumstances of this gifted woman’s conception and birth ? “She [ Ethel ] was conceived when her mother, 12 years old at the time, was raped at knifepoint.” [emphasis added] ( www.answers.com/topic/ethel-waters ) Her mother was raped at knife-point – should Ethel Waters have been aborted ? The unjust position of Senators Glenn McConnell and Jake Knotts is that murdering / executing such a one as an Ethel Waters today should be permitted by law. Glenn McConnell and Jake Knotts would justify the taking of such a one’s life today, denying an Ethel Waters her very life, and denying the world the gift that such a one as her life could become. “Waters' recording of "Stormy Weather" (1933) was honored by the Library of Congress. It was listed in the National Recording Registry in 2004.” ( Ethel Waters, wikipedia ).

There are more life-honoring testimonies that could be given. One last one will be given here, that of Julie Makimaa, who actually testified in person before a subcommittee of the South Carolina House in the early 1990’s. Makimaa was also conceived in a circumstance where her mother was raped, and her victimized mother made an adoption plan for her daughter Julie. Julie Makimaa became a recognized public speaker (internet search: “Julie Makimaa”). One author (David C. Reardon, Ph.D.) reported about Julie: “Regarding her own view of her origin, Julie proclaims: "It doesn't matter how I began. What matters is who I will become." www.afterabortion.org/rape.html

Senator McConnell, my prayer is that neither you, nor Senator Knotts, will continue to presume that you, the child’s mother, or any of us, can ever presume to forecast or determine what some child conceived in the terrible circumstance of a rape might become, whether an Ethel Waters, a Julie Makimaa, or some other human being created in the image of God, the sanctity of whose right to life, as given by God alone, is inviolate.

Christ is King (1 Timothy 6:15)

Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
director, Columbia Christians for Life

Cc: Senator Jake Knotts (R)
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman
500 W. Dunbar Rd., West Columbia, SC 29169

Click here for a printable version of this letter.

April 01, 2010

Mississippi Personhood Amendment Officially on 2011 Ballot

Mississippi Secretary of State gives notice of sufficient certified voter signatures to be on 2011 Ballot

This makes two States now certified to be on the ballot with State-level Personhood
Constitutional Amendments: Colorado in November 2010, and Mississippi in November 2011

"Personhood" is happening ! Praise the Lord !

Mississippi Personhood Amendment Officially on 2011 Ballot
Contact: Les Riley, Personhood Mississippi, 662-760-8695; Cal Zastrow, 601-454-4819

Read and download the complete report here.

REPUBLICAN SC Senate Leader Glenn McConnell BLOCKING Personhood Bill

SC Senate President Pro Tempore and Judiciary Committee Chairman
REPUBLICAN Glenn McConnell (Charleston), with the help of his hand-picked
Subcommittee Chairman REPUBLICAN Jake Knotts (W.Columbia / Lexington ),
are PERPETUATING "ABORTION" in the entire State of South Carolina
by BLOCKING the SC Personhood Bill, S.450.

South Carolina has already "surgically" slaughtered well over 300,000 children in the womb since 1973 !

Does Glenn McConnell really want to take Legislative responsibility for perpetuating the murder of approximately 7,000 pre-birth human beings per year in South Carolina ???

Senator Glenn McConnell

The Book of Proverbs, chapter 6 (King James Bible)
The Word of God says:
16 These six things doth the LORD hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,...

1. Even with 23 co-sponsors ( 50% of the entire 46-member SC Senate ) on the SC Personhood Bill (S.450), and even with three co-sponsors out of the six members of the Judiciary Subcommittee that is holding S.450, the Subcomm. chairman, APPOINTED BY SENATOR GLENN McCONNELL, i.e., SENATOR JAKE KNOTTS, IS REFUSING TO EVEN ALLOW A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BILL !!!

2. REPUBLICAN Senator Glenn McConnell is the most senior member of the Majority Party on the Senate Judiciary Committee; and according to Senate Rules, that automatically makes him the Judiciary Committee Chairman. The Chairman picked the members of the ad hoc (i.e, not "Standing") Subcommittee to assign to handle S.450, and the Chairman also picked the Subcommittee Chairman. So, Sen. McConnell picked Sen. Knotts, and Knotts is refusing to even hold a hearing, much less an actual vote on the Personhood Bill.

PLEASE CONTACT SENATOR GLENN McCONNELL (Republican - Charleston) AND ASK HIM TO REQUEST HIS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, SENATOR JAKE KNOTTS (Republican – W.Columbia / Lexington) to grant the SC Personhood Bill (S.450) a public hearing as soon as possible.

Senator Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) District 41 Charleston Co.
[ Pres., CSA Galleries, Inc.; Sons of Confederate Veterans, Secession Camp #4 Palmetto Battalion; 27th S.C. Volunteer Infantry and 7th Connecticut Volunteers; Civil War Preservation Trust; Marion Light Artillery and 1st Connecticut Light Artillery; Natl. Civil War Artillery Assn. (qualified in all positions, including gunner); S.C. Historical Soc.; Chm., Hunley CommCounty; Episcopalian ] [ continued … ]
[ continued … ]

Senator Glenn McConnell - Senate Judiciary Comm. Chairman (S.450 assigned)
- Senate President Pro-Tempore

Contact Address:
(Home) 27 Bainbridge Dr., Charleston, 29407
Phone: Bus. (843) 747-7554 Home (843) 571-3921
(State House) 101 Gressette Bldg., Columbia, 29201 Bus.
Phone: (803) 212-6610

3. The Republicans have been the Majority Party in the SC Senate since January 2001, and
presently hold an eight-vote advantage in the SC Senate, with
27 Republicans (the professedly
"pro-life" party) and
19 Democrats. The 23 co-sponsors of S.450 include 19 Republicans
( leaving eight Republicans who are presently not co-sponsoring the bill [
Campbell, Campsen, Courson, Knotts, Leatherman, McConnell and Rankin ] ).

Please contact REPUBLICAN Senator Glenn McConnell as soon as possible. Call, write, visit, fax.
The South Carolina Senate is not in session the week of April 4 through April 10. So Senators will not be returning to the State House in Columbia to meet in session again until Tuesday, April 13, at 12:00 noon.
Ask Senator McConnell to request his hand-picked Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman, i.e., Republican Senator Jake Knotts, to schedule a public hearing for S.450, the SC Personhood Bill, to establish in SC law human beings are "persons" from the moment of fertilization, as soon as possible.

Time is beginning to run out in the 2010 session to pass this bill, and to ESTABLISH JUSTICE for pre-birth human beings, by establishing personhood at fertilization for ALL Human Beings in SC law.


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

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will."
Proverb 21:1

Christ is Ruler of the Nations !
Psalm 2; Psalm 24:1; Psalm 47:7,8; Psalm 50:12; 1 Timothy 6:15, KJB

"For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations."
Psalm 22:28, KJB

"But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it."
Psalm 94:15, KJB

"... I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ)

Hallelu-Yah !

Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
PO Box 50358, Columbia, SC 29250
(803) 794-6273
Columbia Christians for Life
April 1, 2010

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