juda myers 4/2/2014
Below I have reposted a post from Right to Life of Northeast Ohio‘s FB page. I’ve known that there are few groups who will stand strong against offering the rape and incest conceived child as sacrifice to legislators. Georgia Right to Life is one of the strongest along with Right to Life of Northeast Ohio and I’ll also add Right to Life Idaho. Sadly a new organization has plowed its way into Georgia holding the sacrificial rape conceived unborn baby and has been given the trophy by the National Right to Life organization to be their new official affiliate. I dare say that it is a blessing that NRTL does not want GRTL affiliated with them. GRTL is way above them in morality and justice. I can’t say thank you enough Georgia Right to Life for not caving into the acceptable death of my peers.
“DID THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN GEORGIA?!!
On March 28, Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) was voted out as the state affiliate of National Right to Life (NRTL) after 43 years in favor of the two week old Georgia Life Alliance. It is hard to stay silent about the political maneuverings that occurred to make this happen.
A little more than 10 years ago, GTL was ranked as one of the least effective Right to Life organizations in the United States partly because of the lack of strong pro-life legislation and pro-life legislators in the state. Not so anymore. They picked themselves out of the bottom of the barrel, decided to strongly enforce their “100% pro-life” beliefs and are now the strongest pro-life organization in the country. They rightly endorse only 100% pro-life candidates—no endorsements for anyone who has a rape/incest/fetal anomaly exception—and don’t back down for any reason. If a candidate wants their endorsement, they must affirm their pro-life commitment by signing the following statement:
“Whereas, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, ‘nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law,’ Georgia Right to Life PAC affirms the principle that the right to life is the bedrock upon which all other Constitutional rights are derived. In addition, we believe, in the face of compelling biological evidence, that a continuum of human life and personhood begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at natural death, the ethical treatment of human embryos must include their ‘best interests,’ Therefore, as a candidate for public office, I affirm my support for a Human Life Amendment to the Georgia Constitution and other actions that would support these principals. This would assure that regardless of race, age, degree of disability, manner of conception or circumstances surrounding a terminal illness, that the civil rights of the pre-born at an embryonic or fetal level, the elderly and those with mental or physical infirmities are protected by law and are violated when we allow destructive embryonic stem cell research, therapeutic or reproductive cloning, animal human hybrids, abortion (except to save the life of the mother), infanticide, euthanasia or assisted suicide.”
Over the course of the last 10 years, this strong stance has enabled Georgia to elect an abundance of pro-life legislators. Today, 89% of the primary candidates endorsed by GRTL have won their races. Sadly, GRTL’s position has alienated a lot of self pro-claimed pro-life candidates and issue sponsors who could not obtain the GRTL endorsement.
One major piece of legislation in contention between NRTL and GRTL is the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S1670). If passed, this law would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks from fertilization in order to protect pain-capable unborn children from excruciating deaths. There are exceptions when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother or to avert a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. Along with GRTL, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio (RTLNEO) did support this legislation in the House until the last minute, when the house rules committee bowed to media pressure and amended the bill to add a limited rape and incest exception. Considering that this bill was supported by almost every single pro-life organization in the country and would have most certainly passed the Republican controlled house without the exception added, it was a slap in the face to those who worked so hard for the legislation to be able to prevent abortions within the current timelines of what the Supreme Court has interpreted for legal abortion. In addition, it is widely believed that this bill would never make it through the democratically controlled senate anyway, so why add the rape exception? Georgia Right to Life wisely withdrew support for the bill unless the exceptions were removed. NRTL continues to heavily push for passage of the bill with the rape exceptions intact. RTLNEO did reach out to NRTL and other national pro-life organizations urging for withdrawal of support until the exceptions were removed, but NRTL was one of the few that did not respond.
The newly formed Georgia Life Alliance (GLA) has no track record or position statement. What they do have is a group of founders composed primarily of those who have failed to obtain endorsements for political office from GRTL, or those who refuse to comply with GRTL’s successful 100% pro-life stance on issues. One of the founders of GLA is Red State editor Erick Erickson, who went so far as to comment that GRTL was on the side of Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates in opposing the Pain Capable Act. He said their stance was “stupid”, and that they were putting ideology ahead of saving lives. The fact of the matter, however, is that allowing exceptions to legislation and by legislators creates a class of people based on their conception that are considered expendable when it comes to politics, and that it just plain wrong.
I don’t know or care to know what kind of maneuvering went on to cast off GRTL’s state affiliation in favor of GLA. What I do know is that GRTL has been one of the few pro-life organization’s to protect ALL human life from conception through natural death with no exceptions, and am also proud that Ohio Right to Life, our own state affiliate, voted against this change in affiliations. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio has always been 100% pro-life, and it is difficult to understand how anyone who proclaims to be pro-life is not the same way. We may all take different paths to our goal of saving lives, but ALL those lives need to be protected. Some use the argument that agreeing to exceptions will at least save SOME lives. That logic means that we have to choose those who die in order to save the ones that live. Just because God gave us free will does not mean He gave us the ability to control who lives or dies.
I salute the bravery and fortitude of Georgia Right to Life and their 100% pro-life attitude and actions, and pray that more will come on board with this position in order to bring our country back to LIFE.”
The abolition of evil laws is not impossible but we must not be silent when we are backed into a corner. Those of us who hear that our lives are expendable or necessary to “save others” can’t cheer loud enough for those who are protecting our lives. God is well pleased and so are we! The number of people refusing to allow any baby to be killed is growing. Thank you.