My name is Madeleine Herron, and I am a pro-life Charleston resident. Although I am not a Republican myself, I was initially excited to learn that my district is represented by Republican Senator Sandy Senn, as she also calls herself pro-life.
I belong to a generation that is increasingly aware of the need to address human rights violations in our society, and is therefore increasingly trending pro-life. We are ready for legislation to reflect our concern for disenfranchised members of our society. I am ready to see my SC State Senator accurately represent that concern by helping to enact the Personhood Act of South Carolina, a bill that would ensure the legal protection of all human beings from their earliest stages of life.
As the Personhood Act of South Carolina (S.217) was brought to the SC Senate Judiciary Committee for discussion and votes on February 20, I was hopeful that Senator Senn would vote in favor of it. She opted instead to abstain from voting, saying that she had some reservations about the bill in its current form, but did not want to vote against a pro-life measure. She voted in favor of the proposed amendment to improve the bill.
I am incredibly thankful that Senator Senn abstained from voting against S.217 in the judiciary committee meeting, as her abstention allowed the bill to move to the Senate floor for further discussion and refinement. I am also thankful for Senator Senn’s commitment to engaging in ongoing dialogue with her constituents on this extremely important issue, and for her openness in updating her constituents on her position on the bill, as well as her reasons for holding that position.
However, I would like to address some concerns I have with Senator Senn’s most recent update concerning S.217, wherein she states that this bill will likely not have her vote going forward.