by Steven Ertelt
April 20, 2007
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision this week to uphold a national ban on partial-birth abortions and language in the ruling discussing the power states have to regulate abortions, a Georgia pro-life group says it will pursue a total abortion ban in the next session of the legislature.
Georgia Right to Life spokesman Dan Becker says the bill would be similar to one the South Dakota legislature approved last year to challenge Roe v. Wade.
The difference is that the Georgia legislation would ban all abortions, including not allowing it in a potential circumstances where it could be necessary to save the life of the mother.
Despite the reach of the abortion ban, Becker told WorldNetDaily he thinks the group has enough votes in the legislature to send it to Governor Sonny Perdue, who is pro-life.
Becker said the group is "within striking distance" of having the votes and discussed the positive change in the number of pro-life lawmakers since seven years ago when they began a concerted effort to change the makeup of the statehouse.
The Thomas More Law Center, a pro-life law firm based in Michigan, drew up the legislation for the group and it focuses on establishing a full-fledged right to life for unborn children.
it woudl prohibit abortions by virtue of establishing legal rights and personhood for unborn babies.
"The right to life is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person … and the word ‘person’ applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency, including unborn children at every state of their biological development, including fertilization," the measure says.
"It is time that the citizens of Georgia be able to speak decisively to this most fundamental right," said Caryl Swift, president of Georgia Right to Life, told WND.
"When is a person a ‘person’ under the laws of our State and therefore entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Let’s let Georgians decide," she added.
The state legislature has approved other pro-life laws that have lowered abortions. Though Georgia’s population as increased 42 percent, the number of abortions as dropped 18 percent.
This year, the pro-life group has been focused on a bill allowing women to see an ultrasound before having an abortion with the hopes that it would change their mind.