Cloture Commitments for S217

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Updated: 4:28 p.m., Tuesday, March 20

The Senate Majority Leader and Rules Committee Chairman, Senator Shane Massey, should be prayed for AND emailed AND called daily. Ask Sen. Massey to set personhood for special order without delay. He is the majority leader and the rules committee chairman, and he has the leadership and the authority to do this.

The following senators are committed to vote for cloture:

Cash, Timmons, Goldfinch, Climer, Rice, Talley, Shealy, Martin, Corbin, Peeler, Verdin, Gregory

The following senators are not committed to vote for cloture and are the highest priority to contact:

Email AND Call daily: Williams, Bennett, Leatherman, Campbell

The following Democrats have supported Personhood legislation in the past but have yet to give support this year (ask for cloture commitment):

Email AND Call daily: Reese, Jackson

The following Republican senators have yet to support S217 (ask for support of S217 before asking for cloture commitment):

Email AND call daily: Senn, Rankin, Campsen

The following Democrat senators have yet to support S217:

Allen, Fanning, Hutto, Johnson, Kimpson, Malloy, Matthews, Bright Matthews, McElveen, McLeod, Nicholson, Sabb, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen

Noah’s Story

Seeing your baby on ultrasound for the first time never gets old. Watching all those turns and kicks on screen, seeing that tiny heart beating, catching a glimpse of that precious little face…all confirmation that the exhaustion and illness has, in fact, been worth it.

I’ve had a lot of ultrasounds, a lot. Things seemed fine at first this time around. Beautiful heartbeat. Lots of little squirms. But the nurse was making me nervous after a while. I started wondering. My wonder turned to panic. Why is this lasting so long? Why is she asking me so many strange questions? Is something wrong? She said she would show the ultrasound to the doctor and be back.

The ultrasound has now taken so long that my husband is going to be late for a meeting out of town. I tell him to go. It’s probably fine. I worry too much. He agrees, it’s probably fine. It always is. He closes the door behind him as he leaves the room. I hear the muffled voice of the nurse outside the door, catching him as he heads down the hall, “You’re going to want to stay”, she says. Oh no! I was right, it’s not fine. My worst fear. Something is wrong.

The doctor enters. I’m already crying and wringing my hands. It’s worse than I could imagine. It’s the worst. She tells us that our baby, our precious little human, the one we were just watching up on that screen, that baby cannot live outside the womb. He has no kidneys. She explains that ultimately, without kidneys, the baby’s lungs cannot develop. There is nothing they can do.

Through sobbing tears we explained that we would not have ever considered terminating. How could we? We just witnessed a perfectly content baby living inside my womb…

Read moreNoah’s Story

Amendment to S217

Senators GOLDFINCH, CLIMER, RICE, TIMMONS, and CASH proposed the following amendment (not yet finalized):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 2, by striking lines 35 through 37 as contained in SECTION 1, and inserting therein the following:

/ Section 11340. (A) Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit a licensed physician from performing a medical procedure or providing medical treatment designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant woman. However, the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of the preborn human being in a manner consistent with accepted medical standards. Under such circumstances, the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the preborn human being is not a violation of this article. The threat of the death of a pregnant woman must not be based on a diagnosis or claim of a mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman or a diagnosis or claim that the pregnant woman will purposefully engage in conduct that she intends to result in her death. The provisions of this section must not be construed to authorize the intentional killing of a preborn human being.

(B) Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit contraception. As used in this subsection, ‘contraception’ is defined as the prevention of fertilization.

(C) Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit in vitro fertilization or assisted reproductive technology. The authority to regulate in vitro fertilization and assisted reproductive technology procedures is reserved by the Legislature.

Section 11350. This article is enacted pursuant to the power reserved to this State under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.” /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Governor Henry McMaster’s Personhood Day Speech

South Carolina State House | January 24, 2018 11:00 a.m.


Thank you, Dr. Clark.

This is an important day, and I appreciate everybody being here from all those little places that you spoke of all over South Carolina. I have to say that I am so proud of the people of South Carolina, proud of what we are doing in our state, proud of how far we have come. Over three hundred years as you know, and we’ve been through it all, the ups and downs. I really do believe that this is our time. I think the stars have lined up, as they say. I know that the eyes of the country, the eyes of the world in many respects, are on South Carolina. I see in economic terms—businesses—everybody wants to come to South Carolina. There’s a reason. There’s a reason, and the main one is—it’s not the port, it’s not the the technical colleges, it’s not the research universities, it’s not all those things, the mountains, the rivers—it’s the people of South Carolina. When I talk to other people from other countries especially, they say the people of South Carolina are different. And I believe we are. And this, what we are expressing today, is one manifestation of that difference.

I like to look at things in perspective. When you look at how things throughout history…I try to learn as much and I think I forget more than I’ve learned…still, in history you can see that there have been great changes, great movements that have taken time. When it is all over and people look back, they say, “How did those people ever believe any other way?!” And that applies to a lot of things like voting, like ownership of other people, like the divine right of kings and queens, and those kind of things that we look at today and wonder how was it ever otherwise in how we see the light today. I think that this is one area—of human life—that some point in our future—it won’t be tomorrow but it’s coming—there will be a day when everyone will understand clearly that the right to life is the most important right there is, that life begins at conception, it is a God-given right, and we must do all we can to protect it.

You know they say, a lot of those realizations throughout history—and there have countless, all over other countries, not just here—and these were smart people, the smartest, the most educated, the most talented, they all on many things were dead wrong. Sometimes for centuries after centuries. So I am confident—and I see people here that I remember from years ago that have been laboring in this vineyard—my hat’s off to you. Remember this: You cannot beat the man or the woman who won’t quit. You can’t beat someone who won’t quit. So I urge you: don’t quit. We are doing the right thing. It’s a marvelous cause, and I’m looking forward to the day when we can look back and say that the people of South Carolina were in the vanguard of leadership in changing this notion in the United States and in the world about the right to life.

Thank you.

2018 Personhood Day

On January 24, 2018, legislators, pastors, and citizens of South Carolina gathered at the South Carolina State House to urge passage of the Personhood Act of South Carolina (S217 / H3530). Below are their passionate speeches, personal testimonies, and prayers in support of the right to life of all preborn babies…

1. Executive Director Dr. Matthew Clark & SC Governor Henry McMaster


2. Senator Richard Cash


3. Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant


4. Attorney General Alan Wilson


5. Mrs. Valerie H. Quick


6. Pastor Tommy E. Quick


7. Representative Josiah Magnuson


8. Personhood SC Board Member, Pastor Andrew Dionne


9. Mrs. Ashley Lawton


10. Mr. Yancey McGill


11. Mrs. Rose Duncan


12. Pastor Mike Gonzalez


13. Mr. Travis M. Childers


14. Personhood SC Executive Director, Dr. Matthew Clark