Unfunded Liabilities: South Carolina Retirement Systems $15,979,000,000; Police Officers Retirement Systems $1,800,000,000; Other Post Employment Benefits (Retiree Health Care) $9,339,000,000
Total $27,118,000,000 Outstanding Debt: State Debt $1,562,795,000; Revenue Bonds $11,043,000,000; County Debt $1,903,867,000; Municipal Debt $2,833,753,000; School District Debt, General Obligations Debt $5,463,042,000; Special Purpose Districts Dept $1,060,524,000
Total $50.99 billion
S. 1237 adds $2.2 billion, so your debt is now $ 53.19 billion
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 23, 2016) Despite the fact that 2015 was not a good year for thereputation of Planned Parenthood locally or nationally, Planned Parenthood’s killing business in Columbia, S.C., skyrocketed last year, according to newly released data.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released its annual abortion report Friday, April 22, 2016, showing that the government-funded Planned Parenthood’s abortion business rose by nearly 20 percent (19.8 percent to be exact) while the two private facilities in Greenville and Charleston lost business. Abortions in hospitals also declined.
Art by Austin Cherry
All abortions occurring in South Carolina rose by a slight 1.2 percent in 2015 after a seven year period of steady decline, the DHEC report shows. (see the graph at www.sclife.org).
“The uptick in killing unborn children lies squarely with the government-funded Planned Parenthood in Columbia, S.C.” said Holly Gatling, executive director of South Carolina Citizens for Life.
“According to DHEC there were 326 more abortions there in 2015 than in 2014, she said. “It goes to show what government funding does for the abortion industry.”
Abortions Performed in South Carolina by Facilityd: DHEC Data
Charleston Women’s Medical Center
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Greenville Women’s Clinic PA
Medical University of SC
Piedmont Medical Center
Planned Parenthood, Columbia SC
Self Regional Healthcare
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Meanwhile taxpayer outrage over the government funding of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry in general is as strong as ever. This year the U.S. House and U.S. Senate voted to remove government funding from Planned Parenthood, but militantly pro-abortion President Obama vetoed the bill. There were not enough votes in the U.S. Senate to override the President’s veto.
On Saturday, April 23, a huge crowd of pro-lifers surrounded the city block on which Planned Parenthood is located off Forest Drive in Columbia, S.C., to observe thenationwide organized protest of the country’s largest abortion provider. Mark Baumgartner, the director of A Moment of Hope, a sidewalk counseling organization that compassionately reaches out to pregnant women going into Planned Parenthood, is disappointed by the DHEC data, but not discouraged.
“We need to redouble our efforts here and not lose heart,” Baumgartner said. “We have seen the facility in Columbia reduce its hours from 44 to 30 per week over the last three years. Let’s not give up,” he said.
Baumgartner told the crowd Saturday, “If we could each take just one hour per week to stand and pray for the unborn here, we could easily have coverage for every hour this place is open. More Christians present means fewer abortions.”
While it is always disappointing to get a DHEC report showing an increase in abortion over the year before, the pro-life movement still stands on the overall lifesaving gains, Ms. Gatling said.
“We mourn the loss of the lives of 5,778 innocent unborn children in 2015,” she said. “But we must give thanks for the lives that have been saved over the years because of the steady, faithful, long-range commitments of the authentic pro-life community.”
“Overall abortions are down in South Carolina by nearly 60 percent from the peak in 1988,” she said. “There are at least 157,486 babies whose lives have been saved over the past 28 years.”
Saving babies’ lives in South Carolina’s most notorious former abortion facility.
Street address: 1411 Barwell St., Suite 3
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Walk a Mile in her Shoes
Foothills Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Walk a Mile in her Shoes event in both Anderson and Oconee county! During this event, everyone is invited to walk with us as we march against sexual assault!
Anderson: The walk will be held April 28th beginning at the Carolina Wren Park. There will be tents set up so you can find us!
Oconee: Oconee’s walk will be held April 14th downtown Seneca on Ram Cat Alley.
Trash disposal sites confirmed for Hartwell Lake’s Cleanup campaign
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Officials at the Hartwell Lake Project site are preparing trash disposal sites in anticipation of the lake’s annual Cleanup Greenup campaign scheduled April 16-23. Corps officials encourage visitors to dispose of trash in proper and authorized containers such as public trash collection locations provided by counties surrounding the lake. For purposes of the cleanup, additional containers will be available during the event at the following locations:
Anderson County: Green Pond Landing and Event Center, Darwin Wright Park, Portman Marina and Big Water Marina
Oconee County: Clemson Marina
Pickens County: Twin Lakes Boat Ramp
Hart County: Hartwell Marina and Harbor Light Marina
Additionally, dumpsters will be available April 21-22 in Oconee County at Mullins Ford and Fair Play Recreation Areas.
Event sponsors remind volunteers that the conclusion of the campaign will feature an appreciation cookout at the Big Oaks Recreation Area in Hartwell, Georgia on Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. The event will include music, activities for children and door prizes.
To expose and recognize these efforts, volunteer efforts may be documented on the Corps’ public forums. Lake advocates are encouraged to share photos of their cleanup efforts and they may be posted on the Savannah Corps’ website. You may even be featured on the Corps’Facebook site! Submit up to five photos toThomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT US: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District plays a major role in water resource projects throughout the region. The District operates three hydroelectric dam and reservoir projects on the Savannah River (Hartwell, Richard B. Russell, and J. Strom Thurmond); maintains the federal shipping channels at the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; and processes Regulatory (stream/wetland) permits for development projects within the state of Georgia. The District also oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina. The District provides expertise across a wide range of disciplines–from engineering, architecture and design to construction, master planning and environmental services. Learn more at www.sas.usace.army.milor visit our social media sites.
The South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore has announced the appointment of Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, to the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB).
Bryant, who manages Bryant Pharmacy & Supply in Anderson with his father and brothers, has served in the S.C. Senate since 2004. He currently serves as chairman of the General Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Corrections and Penology, Finance and the Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) committees. He also serves at sub-committee chairman of the LCI that oversees the Department of Employment and Workforce.
As a member of SWDB, Bryant will help provide direction to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) on workforce development issues in order to create a skilled labor force that gives South Carolina a competitive advantage by ensuring that an effective workforce system exists to improve the prosperity business and lives of South Carolinians.
“We are excited to welcome Sen. Bryant to the State Workforce Development Board. We look forward to the leadership and insight that he will bring to the board,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of DEW. “He possesses knowledge of workforce issues as both an employer and legislator. He is well aware of the needs and issues of hiring the right people and of the needs of the state’s workforce.”
Bryant is married to his wife, Ann, and has three children.
Here’s a little humor from Sen. Joel Lourie (D-Richland) from our debate on S. 997. I refer to him as my BLFF (bestest leftest friend forever) as he calls me his right-wing-brother-from-another-mother.