Archive for January, 2007

Sue Ella Deadwyler’s WMVV Radio Commentary, 1/19/07

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Day five of the 40-day session begins Monday at 1:00. That gives legislators time to attend the pro-life march to observe the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand. Since that time, almost 50 million babies have been aborted and their expectant mothers were never fully informed of the baby’s development and possibility of living outside the womb.

But if the Woman’s Right-to-Know bill has been implemented as passed last year, they won’t be ignorant of the consequences and alternatives when they make that death or life decision about the little human they’re carrying inside. If H.B. 1 passes this session, abortion would be outlawed. Workers would be born. Inventors and artists and businessmen and professionals and mothers and fathers would be born and grow up to become citizens of a country that protects and values human life.

Representative Bobby Franklin has introduced a bill that, at best, has an up-hill battle for passage. He pre-filed H.B. 1 before the session and officially introduced it January 9. The Speaker assigned it to the House Judiciary Committee that handles civil matters. Non civil matters such as H.B. 1 are, usually, assigned to the Non-Civil Judiciary Committee.

The bill reminds us all that life begins at conception and the State has a duty to protect that life. It explains that abortion has a devastating effect on physical, psychological and emotional health. He quotes the Georgia Constitution that says, “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.” Since an unborn baby is a person, regardless of public opinion to the contrary, the constitution should be applied to protect its life.

Many people believe the baby is the only victim of abortion, but H.B. 1 lays that notion to rest. Women who’ve had abortions experience unique health problems that often continue throughout life. In a test group of women who had abortions, twenty-five percent went to psychiatrists, while only three percent of those that did not have an abortion sought psychiatric help. Nineteen percent of women who had abortions experience post-traumatic stress disorder and 60 percent of them reported suicidal tendencies. Twenty-eight percent of that group actually attempted suicide. Of them, half tried to kill themselves two or more times.

Abortion’s victims far exceed the almost 50 million that have died. Their surviving mothers find life very difficult, indeed. Some are so traumatized they will never get over the emotional stress and pain. But that won’t bring all those babies back to life. H.B. 1 is a good bill, but I’ve noticed many things in my years monitoring the legislature. For example: the definition of good had changed. We’re all watching as the Scripture is being fulfilled. It predicts that the time will come when they’ll call good evil and evil good. Thirty-four years of wide-spread legalized abortion is proof.

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.”

Will this new law allow for exception for the health of the mother?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

By Brian Kindzia

No. Many people are unaware that abortion was NEVER illegal to actually save the life of a mother in the instance of a real medical emergency. One example would be a violent car crash where the doctors had to prematurely deliver the baby to save the mother. It has always been legal to save the mother’s life in cases like this by taking the baby, this is EXTREMELY RARE. A health exception (which is what our current abortion laws allow for) is a loop hole which basically allow for abortion any reason. It just takes the abortionist having a reason from the patient which could be emotional.

Unforgiving November (a poem)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Jordan Starling

In the bleakness of the month November
Each year it seems I must remember
Callous never seems to grow
Where the myopic cut was bore
And as the crimson leaves are falling
Deafening is the faithful calling
Never ceasing, never stalling
To relieve me of my dolor

And as each season turns
The fire within me burns
And the misery, it churns
A grinding beating on my soul
It’s no different in May
As I watch the toddlers play
So very innocent and gay
They seem, as they their mother’s hold

But each year in the Fall
It seems I do recall
More vividly, the gall
Of that fateful day of yore
The iridescent leaves
Mock the weary heart that grieves
And the body that vainly cleaves
To a hope for something more

Wracked with pain
Wracked with regret
The need for refuge
Remains unmet
Tomorrow will only beget
A fresh reminder of the stain
See, the blood is on my hands
See, the verdict against me stands
And no opinion or ruling of man
Can change the falling of the blame

And I’ve tried so hard to avoid
The fact that I so wickedly destroyed
A life, and that I also toyed
With the idea of playing God
How foolish it now seems
And my conscience within me deems
Me to be the villain of my dreams
The murderer banished to Nod

And each Fall it never fails
The spirit of defeat always prevails
And each anniversary of my mistake entails
Memories from that doctor’s table
The scalpel that he used
Was cold enough to bruise
My unfeeling heart, and now I can’t choose
To forget, even if I were able

All around me, I hear infants crying
It seems my will to live is dying
As all my efforts at trying
To move on rebound against my past
The memories I can’t get out of my head
The lies that everyone around me said
Still I know my child is dead
The die against me is cast

And I often wonder, when I hear a baby cry
That if my baby, who unmercifully had to die
In heaven, when I meet her, will recognize
The Mommy who took her life away
And will I, the wretch, also cry
In the presence of the Savior who came to die
And will I still wonder why
I did what I did and it happened that way?

The cross that hangs around my neck
Helps me so I won’t forget
Through the pain and through the regret
The grace that has now come
For the angels that welcomed my daughter
On that day of gruesome slaughter
Because of Christ, will not falter
To see me safely home

Copyright 2007 Jordan Starling, used with permission

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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S.D. Abortion Strategy Was Off Issue

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

How to focus the abortion debate
By Jim Rudd
The Covenant News ~ November 10, 2006

As long as the pro-life focus is on “abortion hurts women” pro-life activists will consistently lose the public debate to pass legislation to outlaw abortion.

To be successful, in the public eye, the debate must center on why the passage of such legislation is needed to outlaw a cruel and horrific crime. The strategy must highlight the criminality of killing babies by abortion with a primary focus on the carnality of abortion, which is the crime the legislation is attempting to outlaw — and why the good citizens want it outlawed in the first place.

The conclusive evidence of the murdered bodies of aborted babies is on our side. Which means, it establishes the need for such legislation beyond any reasonable doubt. This is why the 2006 South Dakota Abortion Referendum strategy failed. It failed to shut down further debate beyond the “conclusive evidence” because the focus was on “abortion hurts women” and not on the murdered bodies of aborted babies.

Furthermore, the “abortion hurts women” strategy does not pass the “conclusive evidence” test in the public eye. Sure, the pro-life side can produce post-aborted mothers giving testimony that abortion hurt them. But likewise also the pro-aborts can produce post-aborted mothers saying that abortion was the best thing that ever happened to them. So there will never be “conclusive evidence” on “abortion hurts women” that will shut down public debate. The debate will just go on and on.

When we force the abortion people to publicly argue against the butchered bodies of aborted babies we win that argument every time because they can not produce evidence to the contrary. They can not show the world a picture of a baby with his head cut off by abortion and convince the public it was a self-inflected wound or suicide. That would be stupid. They simply can not defend their actions.

The pro-aborts should be made so ashamed of their homicidal butchery that they refuse to show their faces in public, much less make comments to the press.

It is also unethical to NOT clearly articulate to the public the purpose of the legislation when attempting to pass such referendums. The end result of the legislation is to see this bloodshed outlawed, to have the baby murderers hunted down like the mad dogs they are, arrested, prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law.

The South Dakota Abortion Referendum strategy failed because the people running the political campaign adopted a strategy that was off issue. For some unexpland reason they desided not to convince the public that abortion is murder.

THE ABORTION GALLERY

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.”

It’s About Time!

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Welcome to the Georgia for Life Coalition blog. This is the place for the latest happenings on the progress of House Bill 1 sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin.