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Georgians for Life joins African-American Leaders’ Call to Defund Planned Parenthood

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Remarks of Ricardo Davis, Georgians for Life
At the “De-fund Planned Parenthood” Press Conference

Washington, DC – June 26, 2008

Planned Parenthood’s Roots In The Black Community

George Grant in his exposé Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood wrote, “Birth Control Review, founder Margaret Sanger’s magazine and the immediate predecessor to the Planned Parenthood Review, regularly and openly published the racist articles of the Malthusian Eugenicists. In 1920, it published a favorable review of Lothrop Stoddard’s frightening book, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy. [Note: Sanger later invited Stoddard to join the board of directors of her American Birth Control League, a position he retained for years.] … In 1932, [the Review] outlined Sanger’s ‘Plan for Peace,’ which called for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilative concentration camps for all ‘dysgenic stocks.’ In 1933, the Review published ‘Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need’ by Ernst Rudin, who was Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. And later that same year, it published an article by Leon Whitney entitled, ‘Selective Sterilization,’ which adamantly praised and defended the Third Reich’s racial programs.”

In October of 1939 Sanger outlined a plan for stopping the growth of the Black community in response to requests by “southern state public health officials.” Grant notes that she predicted, “The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their rebellious members.” One example of Sanger’s success was an incident reported almost 25 years later. An article was published in the January 17, 1963 edition of Jet magazine where the “tragedy of Negro mothers sterilized in the Virginia town” of Warrenton. John Britton’s article noted that “some physicians and scores of Protestant clergy endorse the WHY of the plan” – population control – but some clergy started to rebel. Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle criticized the clinic’s efforts and inferred that “scores of poor Negro mothers were stampeded into the ‘voluntary’ sterilization operation by veiled threats of a welfare aid cut-off should they refuse.” Rev. Ranldolph Haskin, pastor of Warrenton’s First Baptist Church, called the sterilizations “legalized murder” – prescient of the Roe v. Wade opinion ten years later that legitimized another of Sanger’s birth control methods. Sanger’s plan to make it appear that handpicked Blacks were in control was followed and still reaps success. Faye Wattleton’s position as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America was testimony that as long as African Americans demonstrate a “good quality gene pool” – as long as they “act white and think white” – then they are esteemed as equals. But now more leaders in the African American community are turning back to the Bible’s view of the dignity of all people and the Bible’s prescription for sexuality and family life. As a result we are exposing the scandalous libertine and racist roots of Planned Parenthood and are committed to tearing down the cultural, legal, governmental, and financial framework that sustains Margaret Sanger’s vision. That’s why I stand in unity with my friends to call for our nation’s leaders to protect the African American community from the scourge known as Planned Parenthood by cutting off its sources of government funding and investigating allegations of criminal and fraudulent acts.

Planned Parenthood Faces Serious Allegations of Racism, Criminal and Fraudulent Acts

Planned Parenthood staff in Ohio, New Mexico, Idaho and Oklahoma have been captured on tape agreeing to accept money earmarked to abort black children; Planned Parenthood failed to fire these employees. Clinics in Kansas have been charged with performing illegal, late-term abortions, falsifying records, and protecting sexual predators who have raped underage girls. Back in Georgia, an investigation has recorded Planned Parenthood staff giving cover to child predators by not reporting incidents where minors seeking abortions informed staff that older men impregnated them. Continuing to fund Planned Parenthood with tax dollars only protects them and their lawless agenda. I call on Georgia’s federal legislators and the leadership of political parties to use their influence to support investigations by state officials into Planned Parenthood’s clinics suspected of breaking the law.

Planned Parenthood’s Appropriations Violate the Intent of the Constitution’s Framers

It is a travesty that Planned Parenthood profits from its services and a shame that people give money for this organization to continue its work in propagating Sanger’s vision. But what is inexcusable is that Congress appropriates money for Planned Parenthood’s activities. The framers of our federal Constitution made no provision for appropriations of specific welfare from the public treasury. “Provide family planning services” isn’t listed as one of the enumerated powers of Congress in Article I. By the time Margaret Sanger was advancing her “Negro Project,” the federal government had recently undergone a structural upheaval under which the federal government became the dispenser of public money for social welfare projects. Cutting the $305 million in federal funding spent on Planned Parenthood each year would be a good start toward eliminating debt-ridden federal budgets that have a disproportionate negative impact on the poor. Thus I call on Georgia’s federal legislators to refuse to vote for any appropriation bill with funding for Planned Parenthood, and publicly reject and return contributions of any kind from Planned Parenthood.

Miracle Moment in Montana!

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Montana House Bill 403 is a state constitutional amendment to establish the personhood of the unborn child and his or her unalienable right to life. The bill passed in committee and will probably be voted on the floor February 12th! The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rick Jore (Constitution Party), requests prayer — they need all the GOP and CP representatives to vote for the bill plus 1/6th of the Democrats must votefor the bill to pass in the House.

Georgia Christian Action League Endorses HB 1

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

(Atlanta) January 18, 2007 – Marc Laseter, president and founder of the Georgia Christian Action League (GCAL), today announced the League’s enthusiastic support for HB 1. “This is the only bill introduced so far this session that would establish the personhood of the unborn child and unequivocally protect the right to life of every unborn child. The bill also protects the secondary victims – the child’s parents –from the devastating physical and mental health consequences of abortion. We encourage every Christian voter in Georgia to contact their state representative and House Speaker Glenn Richardson today and ask that they support HB 1.”

Interview With Judie Brown on Pro-life Hope From Dramatic Georgia Bill

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

President of ALL makes appeal for unity by among pro-life supporters

By Peter J. Smith
LifeSiteNews.com
Tuesday January 16, 2007

ATLANTA, Georgia, January 16, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the Georgia House of Representatives prepares to debate a bill designed to challenge Roe v. Wade, pro-life groups in Georgia are mobilizing constituencies to create a groundswell of support for the proposed total ban on abortion. In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com, Judie Brown, president of American Life League, spoke about House Bill 1 sponsored by pro-life champion Rep. Bobby Franklin in the upcoming pro-life battle for Georgia and the bill’s potential for success especially in how it responds to Roe v. Wade…

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Abortion foes renew legislative push for ban

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

01/10/2007

By Dave Williams
Staff Writer – Gwinnett Daily Post

ATLANTA — Abortion opponents came to the Capitol Tuesday with a new weapon in a fight they have waged for years: affidavits from women who say they’ve suffered irreparable harm from having the procedure. “Abortion hurts women physically and psychologically,” Linda Schlueter, vice president of The Justice Foundation, a Texas-based anti-abortion group, testified during an informal hearing on a House bill outlawing abortion. “That is the reality these women arespeaking.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, virtually bans abortion in Georgia. Its lone exception would be in cases involving the death of an unborn child that occurs after a doctor makes a “medically justified” effort to save the lives of both the mother and fetus.

Since taking complete control of the General Assembly two years ago, Republicans have pushed through legislation requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Lawmakers also have debated a bill mandating that doctors give women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before deciding whether to have the procedure. But the legislature has stopped short of attempting to reverse the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand. Franklin, a longtime abortion foe, has introduced abortion bans for years without success. But on Tuesday, he expressed optimism that 2007 will be different. “We expect great things to happen with this bill this year,” he said.
“I know this is not the most popular thing to do,” added Rep. Melvin Everson, R-Snellville, a co-sponsor of Franklin’s bill. “It’s the right thing to do.”

The Georgia Christian Coalition has put the abortion issue at the top of its legislative priorities for the 2007 session. But Dionne Vann, interim executive director of NARAL-Pro Choice Georgia, said an outright ban on abortion isn’t any more likely to pass in Georgia this year than in the past. “We don’t feel it represents the majority of the people of Georgia’s opinions on abortion, so it’s not going to go anywhere,” she said.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Franklin accepted sworn affidavits from about 2,000 women from around the country who say their lives have been harmed by undergoing abortions.

House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, hasn’t taken a position on Franklin’s bill. Richardson spokeswoman Clelia Davis said he will allow its fate to be decided through the normal committee process.

Georgia Prepares to Battle Roe v. Wade

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

House bill challenges Roe by establishing personhood of unborn
By Peter J. Smith

Atlanta, Georgia, January 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Georgia House of Representatives has taken up the gauntlet to challenge the 34-year-old Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion with a new bill that establishes an unborn child as a human person at conception deserving full protection under the law with no exceptions.

House Bill 1 sponsored by Bobby Franklin with many other cosponsors, declares that “a fetus is a person for all purposes under the laws of this state from the moment of conception” and cites the decision of Roe v. Wade itself to justify its complete ban of abortion.

Franklin’s bill states that “The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death,” and adds that three decades of legal human abortion have “negatively impacted the people of this state in many ways, including economic, health, physical, psychological, emotional, and medical well-being.”

“As a direct result of three decades of legalized abortion on demand, the nation has seen a dramatic rise in the incidence of child abuse and a dramatic weakening of family ties, with the infamous Roe v. Wade decision pitting mothers against their children and women against men.”

The legislation continues: “Georgia Constitution, at Article I, Section I, Paragraph II, provides: ‘Protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws. Because a fetus is a person, constitutional protection attaches at the moment of conception.”

Under article 5, the legislation quotes the Roe decision: “Justice Blackmun, writing for the majority in Roe v. Wade , 410 U.S. 113 (1973), wrote: ‘when those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer [to the question of when life begins].’ Now, 30 years later, the General Assembly knows the answer to that difficult question, and that answer is life begins at the moment of conception.”

In the 1973 Roe decision, Justice Blackmun admitted that Roe would lose its legal justification if an unborn child were determined as a person deserving of rights guaranteed in the 14th Amendment. “[Texas] argue[s] that the fetus is a ‘person’ within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment… If this suggestion of personhood is established, the [pro-abortion] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

The bill was brought before a house committee hearing January 9, where Sandra Cano, “Mary Doe” of Roe’s companion case Doe v. Bolton, offered testimony and was joined by Dr. Alveda King, niece of the famed Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.

The bill has been greeted with enthusiasm from pro-life organizations. Rev. Flip Benham, Director of Operation Save America/Operation Rescue, described the measure as “the very best bill that any state has brought before its legislative body yet… it is an all out declaration that human life begins at conception and therefore is due protection under the color of Law.”

AJC: Abortion foes split on best ways to accomplish legislative goals (1/10/2007)

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

LEGISLATURE 2007: Abortion foes split on best ways to accomplish legislative goals


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/10/07 Abortion isn’t supposed to be a hot topic at the Gold Dome this year —- at least according to common political wisdom about a nonelection year.

But state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta) and several anti-abortion groups have a different take on the matter. They held a news conference, a prayer vigil and an informal hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday to support House Bill 1, a measure sponsored by Franklin that would ban all abortions in Georgia, with no exceptions.

Several political watchers say the bill is unlikely to gain much traction during the legislative session, but it underscores the balancing act Georgia’s GOP majority must strike between social conservatives and moderate Republicans.

“It’s always tough to maintain that balance once you’re in the majority,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “I think a lot of lawmakers know where that balance is —- though they might not say much publicly. Most know a bill banning abortion is too hot to handle, even though some may support it. But it’s doubtful they’ll want to put it on the front burner.”

Even within Georgia’s anti-abortion movement, major differences in opinion exist on how best to accomplish the goal. Franklin, for example, said this is the third straight term —- spanning six years —- that he has introduced a bill attempting to ban abortion. None of those proposals has made it to the House floor for a vote.

“I think if it comes to the House floor, it will pass,” Franklin said Tuesday.

Asked to handicap the bill’s chances, Clelia Davis, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Glenn Richardson, would only say, “This bill, like all other bills, will go through the legislative process and be assigned to a committee. We look forward to the debate.”

Some anti-abortion groups’ leaders say they support Franklin’s efforts but have other legislative priorities. The leaders of Georgia Right to Life, for example, said Tuesday they are focusing on a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound and give them the opportunity to review the images of the fetus before an abortion, a measure that failed in 2006. Kevin Harris, the group’s lobbyist, said they also plan to pursue a proposal to amend Georgia’s Constitution to ban abortion.

Pat Chivers, a lobbyist and spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, said the church is putting its efforts into the ultrasound bill, which has not been introduced yet this session. Chivers said the Archdiocese supports Franklin’s anti-abortion efforts but is not actively lobbying for his bill.

“We’re concerned about the way it is written, knowing that it would need to go before the Georgia Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court,” Chivers said. “There needs to be some changes on the U.S. Supreme Court before there would be a consideration for this bill.”

Anti-abortion advocates have scored victories in promoting their agenda —- bottled up by Democrats for years —- since the Republicans completed their sweep of the House, Senate and governor’s office in 2004.

In 2005, Georgia Right to Life and the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta helped pass the Woman’s Right to Know Act, which included a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion. Last year, those groups helped push through the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a crime to kill or injure an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy.

Those recent legislative successes by anti-abortion advocates have spurred abortion rights supporters into action as well. Last year, several women’s rights groups helped derail a house bill that would protect from disciplinary action pharmacists who object on moral or religious grounds to filling a prescription that would terminate a pregnancy. Opponents of the measure worried it could be interpreted to include emergency contraception.

The final measure that passed the General Assembly —- approved as an amendment to another bill —- specifically states that the measure doesn’t authorize a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription for birth control.

“We’re not too worried about it becoming law,” Dionne Vann, executive director of NARAL/Pro Choice Georgia, said of HB 1. “But we are concerned and keeping an eye on the fact that a growing number of representatives are jumping on the bandwagon for whatever reason.”

Chuck Clay, a former state senator and former state GOP chairman, said he thinks many anti-abortion leaders have matured politically and know they have a better chance of passing bills that restrict abortion than an all-out ban.

“I respect Bobby Franklin —- he’s entitled to bring his bill, and it’s a pressure valve release for those who feel strongly on the issue,” Clay said. “But on the other side, there’s a practical reality. This bill is not going to reach add the floor, and it’s not worth undermining the leadership of the House and Senate, which are both, in most respects, profoundly pro-life.”