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State House budget writers are putting a hold on the budget debate awaiting the outcome of the federal stimulus package vote.
That puts ’24′ up for debate on the House floor… likely tomorrow.
Abortion proponents are pressing legislators hard to amend the waiting-period bill, giving abortionists an “out” to the entire concept of a “period of reflection” before a woman can have an abortion.
Amendments are one of the greatest concerns of bill sponsor Greg Delleney. He said today that changes to the bill could basically nullify any strides made to extend the waiting period for an abortion from 1 hour to 24.
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Obama has named David Odgen to be Eric Holder’s Deputy. Apparently the stridently left-wing Holder needed an even farther left-wing attorney to back him up.
So who, you ask, is David Ogden?
- Ogden was quoted as saying women who have abortions are ”more likely to experience feelings of relief and happiness” than women who have or adopt children.
- Ogden also referred to the right of abortion as “fundamental”, while filing an amicus brief against parental notification of abortions for children younger than 14.
- Ogden served as counsel for the stunningly mistitled “People for the American Way”, who sued for the right to have federal funds to perform abortions.
- Ogden wrote an amicus brief on behalf of physician assisted suicide.
- Ogden wrote an amicus brief against the Children’s Internet Protection Act – forcing libraries to allow access to pornography on computers used by children.
- Ogden sued to overturn the law that forced pornographers to verify that their “actors” were of legal age.
- Ogden sued the federal government on behalf of Playboy in an attempt to force the federal government to fund braille translations of Playboy.
- Ogden wrote an amicus brief in the disastrous Lawrence v. Texas case that overturned Texas sodomy laws, and another in a case suing to allow gays to openly serve in the military.
So… Obama’s next “Hope and Change” moment is to put a guy who represents child pornographers, Hef, Larry Flynt, and the abortion industry as second in command of the Department whose job it is to stop child pornographers?
Unbelievable. And completely unacceptable.
The House Judiciary Committee spent more time yesterday afternoon debating an abortion waiting-period bill than a woman at a clinic in Columbia, Charleston or Greenville had to wait to abort her unborn child.
How ironic that representatives spent an hour-and-a-half debating Rep. Greg Delleney‘s bill (H. 3245) and a Planned Parenthood-backed amendment by Rep. James Smith before finally sending it unamended to the House floor.
The bill, in essence, extends the waiting period for an abortion from 1 hour to 24 hours. The sticking point for the representatives… when the 24-hour clock actually starts.
Currently, before she can have an abortion, a woman must wait one hour either (1) from the receipt of written materials at an abortion clinic or (2) from the time she’s had an ultrasound. When it was passed in the ’90s, the waiting period stopped the practice of abortion-on-demand in South Carolina.
James Smith’s amendment slightly altered the language of the bill, but had it passed, it would have dramatically changed the the law’s effect. Planned Parenthood, through Smith, was trying to give abortionists the leeway to basically perform abortion-on-demand by allowing women to say they had either received written materials in the mail… or that they had viewed abortion information on the DHEC website… 24 hours before coming in.
That would have all but negated the “reflection period” bill supporters are pushing to give women time to think about the life of their unborn child before making this life-changing decision.
Last year, lawmakers tried to require that doctors perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion. That effort was watered down, requiring doctors to only offer the ultrasound, but fears of malpractice and the requirement that doctors determine the gestational age of the baby in the mother’s womb have made pre-abortion ultrasounds routine in South Carolina.
So, as it stands now, the clock starts when the ultrasound is performed. As a father who has seen plenty of ultrasounds in my time, I have to agree with the statement that Greenville Rep. Wendy Nanney made during the debate… the statement that should be the rallying cry of this bill…
“Seeing the ultrasound changes you. It makes you think differently.”
H. 3245 now heads to the House for debate… which could become rather contentious… if yesterday’s hearing was any sign.
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The results? South Carolina’s ranking dropped in 2008 from 37th to 43rd, despite the tort reform and workers compensation reforms passed earlier in the decade?
Why are we ranked so low? The data points we took the most grief from included non-economic damages, the competence of our judges, and our treatment of scientific evidence. Class action lawsuits got a particular nod as well.
Here’s where that rubber meets the road – every frivolous lawsuit in South Carolina costs roughly $30K to defend. Since the median wage in the state is now hovering around $29K, this means that every single lawsuit against business costs the state roughly one job. So, the fact that we’re in the bottom ten in business friendly litigation and unemployment (currently 49th at a whopping 9.5%) at the same time makes some sense.
One other note on what’s wrong, before we get to the fix. The other problem that needs fixing relates to bad judges. In the recent Colleton Prep v. Hoover case, the SC Supreme Court, in a ruling handed down by Justice Don Beatty, found that a construction contractor was liable not for the damage that was done, but for the damage that could have been done when a roof partially collapsed. (That’s jurisprudential malfeasance, and it happens when legislators pick judges without regard to their judicial philosophy, but rather on who is scratching whose back, or comes from whose home county. But I digress…)
Into this mess steps Senator Larry Martin (along with 12 Senate co-sponsors and a probable House counterpart to be introduced next week by Speaker Harrell) with a tort reform bill S.350 that can have a solid positive impact on the business-friendly nature of our legal system.
“Martin/Harrell” – S.350 is modeled after the tort reform proposal of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and seeks to put our state on more of a nationally normed footing. That includes improvements to the way our state handles class actions, punitive damages, and admissibility of certain types of evidence. The bill includes a paragraph modeled after SC’s medical malpractice statute, giving businesses the same protective caps on non-economic damages that our doctors currently enjoy. The bill includes language worked out by Attorney General Henry McMaster to provide standards and accountability for the hiring of outside legal counsel. And, yes, the bill reverses the definitions of two bad SC Supreme Court decisions, including the “could have been” Economic Loss Rule provisions from the regrettable Colleton Prep case.
Senator Martin and Speaker Harrell should be applauded for bringing this bill to the Legislature, especially at a time when our economy needs a boost. The best kind of boost we can give is to ease the tort burdens on business that allow them to hire more workers. The House and Senate should work to pass this bill this year. We’ll be watching to make sure they do.
There has been a lot going on in the past couple of months, and it seems to me that with all of the good things we’re trying to do and all of the bad things the liberals are trying to do, there’s one great guy with us in the trenches these last two months – Senator Jim DeMint.
Stopping Hillary Clinton from turning the State Department into her own private social engineering lab? Didn’t work, but Senator DeMint voted against her confirmation – one of only two Senators to stand up and do the right thing.
Stopping a tax cheat from becoming Secretary of the Treasury (and thus, nominal head of the IRS)? Didn’t work, but Senator DeMint voted against the confirmation of Timothy Geithner, even as ten of his Republican colleagues buckled.
Stopping the ill-advised TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) that the Bush Administration was shoving down Congress’ throat? Didn’t work, but Senator DeMint was the only one to consistently stand up against the bailout.
Fighting against the Obama administrations policy to allow federal tax dollars to go for overseas abortions? Didn’t work, but Senator DeMint was the elected South Carolinian who brought the amendment to the Senate floor to strip the funding. <em>(seriously, how does a country like ours, with a trillion dollar deficit, whose economy is in the toilet, even begin to consider paying for other countries to kill babies? I just don’t understand this concept – at all. But I digress.)</em>
Now Senator DeMint is fighting against the $1T debt-funded Obama/Pelosi/Reid “stimulus” package (and twittering about it along the way.) I don’t expect we’ll win this one either, in the short run, but with Senator DeMint taking the right stands, we can hope it at least gets somewhat stripped down.
Keep up the good work, Senator. We may be losing these fights right now, but we absolutely appreciate having you in the trenches fighting for us. History will show that you continued to do the right things, even as all those around you lost their minds for socialist Big Government programs and bailouts.
Despite the fact that my friends have said this could very well be the best season of ’24′, there is a life-or-death battle in South Carolina that has absolutely nothing to do with Jack Bauer.
As quickly as one episode of the hit TV show unfolds is the amount of time a woman in South Carolina has to wait before one of the most life-changing events in her life takes place.
Of the 20+ states with abortion waiting periods, South Carolina is the only state with a 1 hour period of “reflection”. Every other state, with the exception of Indiana, has a 24-hour waiting period. (Indiana’s is 18.)
So in South Carolina, in time it takes to get your oil changed, have your photos developed, or get new glasses as LensCrafters, you can wait for an abortion. It takes longer to get a marriage license or adopt a greyhound dog in this state than it does to end the life of an unborn child.
Rep. Greg Delleney has introduced House Bill 3245 that extends the abortion waiting period to 24 hours. In fact, his subcommittee takes up the bill today at the State House.
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