Ensuring the Integrity of Our Republic

Ensuring the Integrity of Our Republic

The premise of the American Republic is built on the promise of free and fair elections. Every time Americans go to the polls, we need the assurance that every vote cast is both legal and counted.

Far too many Americans have lost confidence in the election process. This is a confidence that must be restored if we are going to solve the serious issues facing our nation.

As Congress returns to Washington, DC this week and takes the necessary steps to certify the votes of the Electoral College, we encourage the South Carolina Congressional Delegation to support all reasonable efforts within its power to investigate and address issues of voting irregularity stemming from the 2020 election.

We also encourage them to work together with others who are encouraging reform measures to protect our election system as we move forward.  This effort is vital to guaranteeing the promise of America for future generations.

To our South Carolina Congressional Delegation, we pray that God will give you wisdom as you move forward to restore the people’s confidence in our election system.

 

 

In Honor of Stovall Witte

In Honor of Stovall Witte

It was with great sorrow and sense of loss that we learned on Monday morning , October 5th, that our friend, partner in ministry, and fellow Board member Stovall Witte finished his race on earth and entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior. For over ten years Stovall served on the Board of Palmetto Family providing both professional and spiritual guidance and oversight to this ministry. His gentle spirit and kind heart will be deeply missed.

Stovall is survived by his wife, Jan, and three grown children.

Here is a small snapshot of Stovall’s life in his own words…

I graduated from The Citadel in 1972 and served in the United States Army for the next 24 years as an Airborne/Ranger Infantry Officer. I served in a range of posts from Company Commander, to Brigade Executive Officer, to managing the Hell-Fire Anti-Armor missile program. I retired from The Army in 1997 as a Lt. Colonel.

For the next six years of my life, I served in senior staff positions within the US House of Representatives, including three years as Rep. Henry Brown’s Chief of Staff.

When the opportunity to settle in South Carolina arose, I took it and spent the last six years serving as the Vice President for Advancement and Marketing at Charleston Southern University. I left that post to focus on my bid for the First Congressional seat Rep. Henry Brown vacated.

As a community leader, I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts of America, Campus Outreach and the Palmetto Family Council. I’m also a member of the Downtown Charleston Rotary Club. My family and I attended East Cooper Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

I’ve been married to the love of my life – Jan Pitts of Dallas, Texas, for forty-seven years. We have three children: Meredith, who is married to Mr. Shane Knight and lives in Richmond, VA; Evelyn who graduated from Union University and lives in North Charleston; and 2LT Stovall Witte III, US Army.

 

Marriage Is the Ticket Out of Poverty

Marriage Is the Ticket Out of Poverty

Marriage Is the Ticket Out of Poverty
Rep. Ted Budd, NC / @RepTedBudd / February 24, 2020 / From The Daily Signal

Why are some millennials more financially secure than others? The answer has to do with individual life choices.

Americans who graduate high school, start working, get married, and have children—in that order—are significantly less likely to fall into poverty than others. These four core life choices, when sequenced together, provide the best path to a prosperous future.

This formula, known as “the success sequence,” is the key to both financial and general life success. Studies show that 97% of young adults who follow this sequence are more likely to work their way into the middle- or upper-income tiers by the time they reach their late 20s or 30s.

In particular, tying the knot before having children offers the most benefits. In their study on the “success sequence,” W. Bradford Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, and his colleague Wendy Wang, director of research for the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Institute for Family Studies, found that 95% of millennials who married before having children had higher family incomes than millennials who had children before marriage.

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That remains true even for millennials from low-income families and different racial backgrounds.

Children from two-parent families are also more likely to enjoy financial security than children from single-parent families. Recent research conducted by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution suggests that the increase in child poverty between the 1970s and the 1990s was a direct result of “the decline of stable marriage” and that child poverty would be significantly lower in the United States if more Americans had strong marriages.

The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector summed it up perfectly when he said “marriage remains America’s strongest anti-poverty weapon.”

With all the clear benefits of marriage, one would think Americans would eagerly jump to tie the knot. But that’s not the case: Marriage rates in America continue to plummet.

Americans are also getting married later. In recent years, the average age at first marriage for women is 27.8 years old and 29.8 for men. That’s a dramatic increase from 1960, when the average age was 20 for women and 23 for men. In addition, reports from the Urban Institute and Pew Research Center predict that a large number of millennials will remain unmarried through age 40 and that 25%, once they reach their mid-40s to 50s, are likely to have never been married.

To that end, we should all be worried about the social and economic costs that declining marriage rates have on society. Research shows that divorce and having children out of wedlock cost taxpayers $110 billion each year.

Regrettably, children are the ones who pay the price. Those born into single-parent homes are more likely to experience a whole host of destructive life events, such as dropping out of school or abusing drugs and alcohol. The bottom line is that we need to incentivize more marriage in America, not less.

When it comes to policy, one way Congress can help is by eliminating the “marriage penalty” that exists in the tax code, which taxes two people more as a married couple than they would be taxed if they filed individually.

That’s why I’m proud to have joined a colleague, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., to introduce a bill to eliminate this “millennial marriage penalty.” The bill would allow both spouses in a marriage to claim the $2,500 student-loan interest deduction instead of just one.

Fundamentally, the tax code should not financially stand in the way of two people getting married. Strong families are the building blocks of strong nations and Congress should do more to remove existing barriers so that marriage is easier for more Americans.

Rep. Ted Budd

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PETITION: South Carolina Needs To Pass The Heartbeat Bill

PETITION: South Carolina Needs To Pass The Heartbeat Bill

Sign this petition now to tell our state leaders and your fellow South Carolinians that you believe life in our state should be protected by passing the Heartbeat Bill.

Last year alone, almost 6,000 babies were aborted in South Carolina. That means thousands of precious humans never had the fundamental opportunity to experience life.

We believe that number should be zero in South Carolina, but to make that happen we need your help!

During the 2018 legislative session, the Heartbeat Bill was passed by the South Carolina House of Representatives before stalling in the Senate. But now, in an unlikely move, the Senate Medical Affairs Committee has decided to take up the bill this summer instead of waiting until the next session set to begin in January.

On September 10th, the committee will have a hearing and hold a vote to recommend the bill to the full senate.

Sign this petition if you believe the Senate Medical Affairs Committee should protect life in South Carolina by vote in favor of the South Carolina Heartbeat Bill.

Palmetto Family will be hand-delivering each signed petition so that your voice is heard. Don’t hesitate — sign now!

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Planned Parenthood Secretly Builds ‘Megaclinic’ About 10 Miles From Embattled Abortion Facility

Planned Parenthood Secretly Builds ‘Megaclinic’ About 10 Miles From Embattled Abortion Facility

News indicates Planned Parenthood is focused on performing abortions even as the practice becomes less and less accepted in society.

Planned Parenthood secretly has built an 18,000-square-foot “megaclinic” in southern Illinois, 10 to 15 miles from the last abortion clinic in neighboring Missouri, which is in a fight to keep its license.

The nation’s largest abortion provider built the nearly complete facility in secret to circumvent protests and other setbacks that could suspend construction, said Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

“We were really intentional and thoughtful about making sure that we were able to complete this project as expeditiously as possible because we saw the writing on the wall—patients need better access, so we wanted to get it open as quickly as we could,” McNicholas told CBS News.

Construction started in August 2018, with Planned Parenthood using “a shell company to construct the facility, leaving no public trace that the former medical office would become one of the largest abortion clinics in the country,” according to CBS News, which visited the construction site in August, about a year later.

 

Planned Parenthood says the abortion clinic should be ready to open later this month. It is not clear how much the project cost.

Pro-life organizations say the development is an example of Planned Parenthood’s operating as usual.

Jill Stanek, the national campaign chairman for the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a written statement to The Daily Signal that Planned Parenthood is staying true to its mission of abortion on demand and without apology.

“Once again, Planned Parenthood has proven they are in the business of abortion on demand,” said Stanek, an Illinois native, adding:

As Missourians expand protections for unborn children and their mothers, Planned Parenthood is working right next door to make Illinois the late-term abortion capital of the Midwest.

The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act is one of the strongest pro-life laws in the country, including provisions that limit late-term abortions—a policy 82 percent of Missouri voters support—but Planned Parenthood seeks to undermine these protections for profit.

This secretly constructed mega-facility placed strategically at Missouri’s backdoor will perform abortions up to 24 weeks [of pregnancy], as Illinois’ extreme abortion law allows. It’s clear Planned Parenthood thinks nothing of preying on vulnerable women to advance their extreme abortion agenda.

Steven Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com that Planned Parenthood is staying true to its mission.

“How appropriate that Planned Parenthood has built a secret ‘mega-center’ to go with its mega-sized status as America’s biggest abortion business–fully one-third of all U.S. abortions are done at a Planned Parenthood facility,”  Aden said.

March for Life, another pro-life organization, said the news indicates Planned Parenthood is focused on performing abortions even as the practice becomes less and less accepted in society.

“As the national abortion rate drops, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers and market share continue to increase as they open more ‘mega-facilities,’” March for Life tweeted.

This article was written by Rachel del Guidice and originally published on October 3, 2019 by the The Daily Signal.

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