by Steven Ertelt
August 2, 2007
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Georgia pro-life groups and supportive local churches are kicking off a rally on Friday to raise support for a legislative proposal that would amend the state constitution to prohibit all abortions. The amendment would also protect human life from euthanasia, destructive embryonic stem cell research, and human cloning.
Georgia Right to Life, the A+ Women’s Care pregnancy center, and local churches are coming together for the rally to educate pro-life advocates about the new effort.
Rep. Martin Scott of Walker County is the lead lawmaker behind the measure that would 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.
Scott says that passing House Resolution 536 would make Georgia the first completely pro-life state that outlaws every objectionable practice that targets unborn children or the disabled.
“The time is now, and Georgia is the place to launch a final assault on Roe v. Wade," he told the Chatanoogan newspaper. "But while we are attempting to save the lives of these unborn babies, let us not forget to care for their mothers."
The rally will kick off a 10-day tour of the state to generate grassroots support for the proposal that Georgia Right to Life is sponsoring.
Earlier, Georgia Right to Life spokesman Dan 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.
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.
The rally will be held in LaFayette at the Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church on Battlefield Parkway at 3:30 p.m.