Personhood South Carolina's Board of Directors

Personhood SC is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on supporting legislation in South Carolina that recognizes the personhood of the preborn, thus ensuring that they are protected under the same Constitutional rights as every other person.

We do this by working directly with lawmakers to strategize and encourage the passing of such legislation, helping local activists organize, collecting pledges from our representatives to support personhood bills in the future, as well as holding events like Personhood Day to raise awareness.

Dr. Matthew Clark

Executive Director

Dr. Matthew Clark, MD MPH, serves as Executive Director of Personhood SC. 

Dr. Clark’s academic achievements include B.S. Biochemistry, UGA (1991), MD from MCG (1995), MPH from Harvard (1997), US Navy Aerospace Medicine Residency (1998), Pediatric Residency MCG Children’s (2006), and Allergy Fellowship MCG (2008). 

He works as an allergist, and is also ordained in the Covenant Presbyterian Church serving as the pastor of Foothills Christian Assembly in Edgefield, SC. He and his wife are blessed with 11 children, three of whom are adopted.

Personhood South Carolina Spokeswoman Ashley Lawton

Mrs. Ashley Lawton


Ashley is a pastor’s wife and mother, an advocate for the unborn, and a strong believer in the saving power of Jesus Christ. Conceived in a reported rape, adopted in Tennessee, and finally settling in South Carolina, she considers herself blessed to live in such a great state.

Actively involved in the political world, she feels an obligation to speak out in favor of the pro-life movement, and does so every time the Lord opens a door for her to share her powerful testimony. Women’s ministry has always been a passion for Ashley. She considers it a privilege to share what the Lord speaks to her heart through His Word in hopes of encouraging and uplifting women of all ages.

Mrs. Kelly Rowe


Kelly holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Early Childhood and Development from UNC Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Jeff,  are parents to 9 children — 2 of whom have gone on to their heavenly home — and one daughter-in-law. Kelly and her family attend First Baptist Church Mt. Pleasant in SC.

Being a believer in Jesus, a wife, a mother, and a homeschool mom have been the priorities and joys of Kelly’s life. She has served on her local homeschool support group board, the board of SC Home Educators Association, the SC Governor’s Commission and Foundation Board, the Palmetto Alliance Conservative Foundation Board, and she intermittently works for a political consulting firm. She has also served as a board member for a local Republican Women’s Club, as Vice-Chair for the Spartanburg County GOP, and as a legislative liaison in several capacities.

Personhood SC Board Member Kelly Rowe

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