By Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life
(COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, May 10, 2018) –Pro-Life champion Representative Greg Delleney, R-Chester, Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, tearfully bid farewell to the South Carolina General Assembly Thursday afternoon after 27 years in the House of Representatives. He received three standing ovations during his brief remarks.
Mr. Delleney, 66, an attorney, was elected to the House in 1991, the year after the S.C. General Assembly passed its first pro-life law, the Parental Consent Act. The Parental Consent law stopped Planned Parenthood (and any other abortion promoters,) from taking underage girls for secret abortions without the knowledge or consent of the girl’s parents.
During his nearly three decades as a pro-life lawmaker, Mr. Delleney supported and shepherded 14 more pro-life bills that became law. He witnessed a correlating 63.8 percent decline in the number of abortions occurring in South Carolina.
Those law were the 1994 Woman’s Right to Know Act and the Abortion Clinic Regulation Act; the 1997 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act; the 1998 Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban Act; the 2000 safe Haven for Abandoned Newborns Act; the 2001 Chose Life License Tags (overturned by the 4th Circuit); 2005 Autumn’s Law (Denies convicted rapists parental right); the 2006 Unborn Victims of Violence and the Choose Life Tag via the DMV; the 2008 Ultrasound Act; the 2010 24-Hour Waiting Period Act; the 2012 Born Alive Infant Protection Act and the Opt Out of Abortion in Obama Care Act; the 2016 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
“Greg Delleney is the most upright man of integrity who always does what he says he’ll do,” said Joe Mack, the lobbyist and senior policy advisor for South Carolina Citizens for Life. “That doesn’t do him justice, but words can’t describe him.”
NRLC President Lisa Van Riper said, “For his 27 years in the S.C. House of Representatives, Rep. Greg Delleney has been a stalwart for the lives of the unborn and the medically fragile.” She noted passing pro-life laws has resulted in 174,904 unborn babies’ lives being saved in South Carolina.
“Representative Delleney epitomizes what it means to be a pro-life legislator. He will be missed.”