August 30, 2022

South Carolina House: Pass a Strong, Life at Conception Act without Amendments Excluding Innocent Children Based on How They Were Conceived

“We are waiting upon South Carolina’s legislators to do the right thing and vote on the clean passage of the Life at Conception Act. This legislation protects women and the preborn while also drawing the line that we won’t accept a value system that allows abortion based on the way you were conceived. We urge House Members to do the right thing and defend all preborn babies today,” said Dustin Curtis, SFLAction Executive Director. 

CLICK HERE to read SFLAction’s petition

CLICK HERE to read Kristan Hawkins’ op-ed

COLUMBIA, SC and WASHINGTON, D.C. (8-30-2022) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is urging South Carolina’s House to pass the Life at Conception Act without prejudicial amendments today in order to protect the preborn from the moment life begins. Taking strong steps in defense of innocent life, the bipartisan Special Committee unveiled this legislation and passed it swiftly through the Judiciary Committee. In a recent op-ed, SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins and former Chairman of the SC Republican Party Chad Connelly commended this effort, writing:

“This bill safeguards life at conception, with support for medical care if a mother’s life is in danger but without prejudice against children for their sex, age, race, perceptions of their abilities or the circumstances of their conception. This cutting-edge measure has already passed in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

“For too long, abortion lobbyists have argued that we must hold children accountable for the crimes of their fathers. But tragic cases of rape and incest should not demand a death sentence for an innocent child. Perpetrators should be held accountable to the full extent of the law, but a child should not face the death penalty for the actions of another.”

SFLAction commended State Representative John McCravy’s efforts to lead this bill that protects women and doesn’t afford exceptions that discriminate against a baby based on their conception. Protections for the life of the mother are included in this effort, something pro-life leaders support across the board.

Click here to read an op-ed from Hawkins and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser on support for protecting women’s lives and opposition to prosecuting mothers, a second victim of a predatory industry.

SFLAction targeted 20 South Carolina State Senate districts, contacting more than 100,000 conservative voters through phone programming and text, as the session kicked off, held a rally at the capital, lobbied, and ran statewide digital advertising. SFLAction targeted an additional 30 House districts ahead of the full House vote, contacting another 70,000 conservative voters, while collecting support through an online petition.

To learn more about the Post-Roe Blueprint from Students for Life Action, read Hawkins’ op-ed at Fox titled America needs to get ready for a world after Roe or her op-ed at Newsweek titled  Forget the Kids’ Menu: The Pro-Life Movement Wants Real Policy Engagement.

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has 1,300 groups on middle, high school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.