It’s time to act NOW in order to save lives!
During last year’s legislative session the South Carolina House passed the Heartbeat Bill (H. 3020). Now it’s time for the Senate to follow their lead on this very important legislation. We were happy to see Senate leaders give the Heartbeat Bill a hearing and vote in the committee process last Fall, but there is much to overcome if this bill is to become law!
If the Heartbeat bill becomes law it will be the strongest pro-life legislation that has advanced in the South Carolina General Assembly since Roe vs. Wade. If South Carolina passes the Heartbeat bill, we will join with many other states across the country that have publicly made a stand for Life!
It’s important for South Carolina to pass the Heartbeat bill in order to continue the national momentum from last year and help encourage SCOTUS (The Supreme Court) to overturn Roe! The Supreme Court needs to see more states taking a stand for Life. If the Ohio legislature can pass their Heartbeat bill and we can not, then we may need to relinquish our proud title as the buckle of the Bible Belt.
Here is where the Heartbeat bill currently stands.
The Heartbeat Bill must overcome several procedural hurdles in order to become law. Unlike the SC House, the Senate has several rules which make reaching a final floor vote more difficult.
Since opposing Senators will likely try to stop the bill by placing a “Minority Report” on it, the Heartbeat bill must achieve “Special Order” status in order for the bill to be sent to the Senate Floor for the final votes. Once on the Senate Floor, the opposing side can then filibuster the bill, further delaying the process until time runs out. To overcome this, another procedural move called “Cloture” must succeed.
So, before it can even get to the Senate Floor, Heartbeat must first get two very important procedural wins. This leaves the Heartbeat Bill in a very difficult position since it needs the support of a “super majority” of the voting members present to overcome the obstacles. At this time, Heartbeat can’t afford to lose the vote of a single Senator, and we must make sure that every Senator knows that this is the most important vote of the year!
We need you, your family, and your friends to join us on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the South Carolina State House for the Heartbeat Rally! It’s time for us to speak with one voice for the unborn! We will gather at the State House for a Press Conference and Rally to show our Legislators just how important this issue is to the people of South Carolina. Please follow these links for more information and to register for the rally: https://heartbeatsc.com/ and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-heartbeat-rally-sc-tickets-74982850725
Will you stand for Life? Join us on Wednesday, January 15th!