August 02, 2010

Letter to the Editor: Woodard wrong, Catholic Sheheen No Conservative on “Abortion”

In the headline article in the July 28 issue of The Times Examiner, it states: “On social issues Sheheen is a conservative [sic]. Sheheen is Catholic, and if he takes his church’s view on abortion, stem cell research, gay [sic] marriage [sic] and euthanasia, “”he will be a very formidable candidate,” Woodard said.”

This description of pro-abort SC State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D) attributed to Dr. David Woodard, a professor of political science at Clemson University, is demonstrably false vis-à-vis the “abortion” issue.

Pro-abortion Senator Vincent Sheheen did not vote against selected taxpayer-funded abortions in the SC State Health Insurance Plan this past legislative session on April 28, 2010, and has never been a co-sponsor of the SC Personhood Bill, which if passed would recognize the God-given, unalienable right to life of every human being as a “person” beginning at fertilization, in SC law. Representative Sheheen did not co-sponsor the SC Personhood Bill when he was in the SC House 2001-2004, despite the SC Personhood Bill being active in the SC House ever year since 1998, and Senator Sheheen has not co-sponsored the SC Personhood Bill since 2004 when he has been in the SC Senate, despite the SC Personhood Bill being continuously active in the SC Senate 2005-2010 (and in 1998). Democrat Senator Sheheen is not a co-sponsor of the SC Personhood Bill (S.450) now (S.450 has 23 Senate co-sponsors).

Furthermore, Sheheen was actually a member of the Judiciary Subcommittee which held the SC Personhood bill in 2008 (S.313), and the bill went nowhere, it did not even have a subcommittee hearing.

On April 28, 2010, Christian pro-life Senator David Thomas (R) introduced Amendment No. 75 to the 2010-2011 SC State Budget banning all abortion-funding for rape and incest abortions in the SC State Health Insurance Plan, and also 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.” The Republican-majority SC Senate tabled this pro-life, anti-abortion-funding amendment, by a vote of 24-17, and Democrat pro-abort Senator Vincent Sheheen did not even vote, despite the fact that the SC Senate Journal for April 28 shows that he was present, voting, and speaking earlier in the session that day, and is not recorded as requesting a leave of absence.

Legislators who are AWOL on the chief moral, civil rights issue of the day in South Carolina and America, i.e., the murder of judicially innocent human beings in the wombs of their mothers (approx. 7,000 murdered each year in South Carolina; well over 300,000 since 1973), are NOT “Conservative on Social Issues” – and unfortunately, that includes pro-abortion Democrat gubernatorial candidate SC Senator Vincent Sheheen.

For further details and documentation, go to the home page of the Columbia Christians for Life website:, and then also to the “RTL Act of SC” page, and then to Items # 140. and  # 141. For further information, e-mail

Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
PO Box 50358
Columbia, SC 29250

August 2, 2010 / Corrected August 4, 2010

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