South Carolina Lawmakers Considering Bill Declaring Unborn as Protected Persons

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a bill that would declare that the unborn have protection as persons.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant recently introduced S. 217, also known as the Personhood Act of South Carolina. The bill recognizes the God-given, unalienable right to life of every person, beginning at fertilization, based upon the protections afforded in the state Constitution.

“The General Assembly acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” it reads in part. “The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given, as all men are created in the image of God.”

“The rights guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this state, that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law nor denied the equal protection of the laws, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being,” the bill continues.

Local residents packed a Senate subcommittee hearing held about the matter on Thursday, filling the room to standing room only. Both sides spoke their mind on the subject.

“Stating that human life begins at fertilization is really not consistent with scientific fact. Both sperm and egg are alive prior to fertilization. Although there is DNA added, no real new life is created,” Dr. Michael Slowey of Coastal Fertility Specialists in Mt. Pleasant asserted.

Registered nurse Laura Fultz read a segment from a medical textbook in advising that a fertilized egg is indeed a new life.

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“From an embryology textbook written for medical students: ‘A zygote, fertilized egg, is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization,’” she read.

Vicki Ringer of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic took issue with the bill because it doesn’t allow for any exceptions, and would ban the destruction of embryos from infertility treatments.

“[The bill] would ban in-vitro fertilization, and it would ban abortion without exception—so rape, incest, if a woman’s life is in danger, if the fetus is going to die, there’s no exceptions for any of that. Women will have to suffer,” she stated.

But registered nurse and pastor’s wife, Valerie Quick, declared that it should never be man’s choice who lives or dies, no matter how they were conceived.

“When a child is conceived, whether intentional or not, there is nothing that his parents can do to decide whether or not that child has life,” she said. “The Lord decides. When a child is conceived, the Lord, who has the infinite right to choose, has chosen. When a child is aborted, it’s the same as murder. A life has been cut short by the decision of someone else.”

According to WSPA-TV and WIS-TV, so many residents signed up to speak that there was not enough time to hear them all. Another hearing is expected for this week before a vote will be taken.

As previously reported, Philadelphia legal writer, educator and Christian apologist Francis Wharton, who wrote several books on American law, penned an entire chapter on abortion in his book “American Criminal Law,” which was published in 1855.

Wharton called abortionists “persons who are ready to degrade their humanity to this occupation” and stated in regard to abortion in general, “Such conduct cannot be too strongly condemned, and is the more deserving of receiving the punishment awarded for the criminal offense in question.”

He proceeded to outline the wonders of fetal development in his book, showing that even in the fourth and fifth week of development, the facial features of the baby are distinctly recognized.


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  • james blue

    Seems to be a lot of theocratic speech going on there.

    There is a reason personhood has gone down in flames each time it has been on the ballot even in the reddest of red states.

    • Robert

      If their serious instead I think they should pass a bill declaring “the right of people to murder unborn yet living human children and also other undesirable human beings as the states see fit.” And let the supreme court deal with the first.. a right of the people to murder law. Go about. Baning the murder of unborn children by including them in undesirable humans people have a right to murder laws.

    • Robert

      Better yet south Carolina law makers should pass a law allowing the murder of unborn children and United states supreme court judges. And let’s see if those manure heads on the supreme court just sit back and do nothing about that. And I do mean manure heads since I can’t use the other word here.

    • cadcoke5

      What is the religion of the ones that declare that a fertalized is not a person? What is the proof that a person is a person only after they are breathing air?

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      ” It simply recognizes that both the federal and state Constitutions acknowledge God as being the Creator of life and the bestower of liberty.”

      Nothing “theocratic” about that.

      ““The rights guaranteed by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of this State, that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law nor denied the equal protection of the laws, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being,””

      Nothing “theocratic” about that.

      “From an embryology textbook written for medical students: ‘A zygote, fertilized egg, is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization,’”

      Nothing “theocratic” about that. Scientific, yes. Theocratic, no.

      I could go on but it’s pretty obvious by now that you didn’t read the article.

      • james blue

        Good morning Gnome

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Balerion

            As you clearly have nothing to say, it is clear (to anyone with any degree of intelligence) which category you fall into.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Well, we’ll just consider the source of that brilliant remark. Congrats! You’ve earned yourself another Plato Award. Too bad you can’t take them with you when you’re hurled into the Lake of Fire.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Balerion

            You are truly in a league if your own. In order for one to be your intellectual equal one would need to drink an entire breaker of mercury.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Not really. Just another Born Again child of God who is indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Joint-heir with Jesus Christ and seated in the heavenly placed. Blessed and highly favored.

            No different really than any other blood-bought Saint.

            Just as you’re no different that any other son of disobedience and child of wrath.

            But hey, thanks for showing the best you got! LOL

  • Hegelian61

    From the article:

    “He proceeded to outline the wonders of fetal development in his book, showing that even in the fourth and fifth week of development, the facial features of the baby are distinctly recognized”

    Francis Wharton wrote, in the 19th century, details about fetal development at 5 weeks? That is some fancy time travel to gain access to the requisite medical technology.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      I suggest you read what you wrote again and take some time to think about it this time. Hopefully this time you’ll see how foolish your statement actually is.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Or you could, you know, just make your point, instead of hinting at it. Because it sounds like a valid comment to me.

        • Hegelian61

          Conflating intellectual rigor about 19th century medical capabilities, to a “foolish” comment about the article doesn’t really merit a direct response. However, we both know our friend Royce can be prone to inaccurate conclusions.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Putting it generously.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that 19th century medical capabilities has nothing to do with his statement. Nor any intellectual rigor.

            And btw, I’m not your friend. A friend of Jesus is a friend of mine.

            “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:14)

          • Hegelian61

            Not your friend, hmm, bummer. So Mark 12:30-31 has some “wiggle room” in your estimation?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Nope. None whatsoever.

          • Hegelian61

            Good to know, friend.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Well, not sure what’s so hard to understand about “I’m not your friend. A friend of Jesus is a friend of mine.” But hey, if you wanna count me as a friend, good on ya. Hopefully one day you can be my friend too.

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

      • Balerion

        Perhaps you should heed your own advice. But alas, it would take a far greater degree of intelligence than you possess to realize just how stupid everything you say actually sounds.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Wonderful! What mankind have known all along; the unborns are fully human. They need protection from the moment of conception. Slaves can get education and overthrow the slave owners, but unborn children are truly defenseless and only get killed. Abolish abortion.

    • Balerion

      Except it won’t. It’ll just drive it underground, and more women will suffer serious injuries or die as a result. And in the end it won’t even significantly lower the number of abortions that actually occur.