by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2008
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee led a crowd of more than 5,000 Georgia residents at a pro-life rally on Tuesday. Huckabee spoke of his pro-life views and the rally served as an event to help spark the promotion of a constitutional amendment that would restore personhood to unborn children.
We’re in the middle of 35 years of a national nightmare that needs to end soon, Huckabee said at the rally. I’ve always said I got into politics because I’m pro-life.
He repeated his message that a national human life amendment is needed and that overturning Roe and letting states ban abortions is merely a first step in protecting human life.
"There cannot be a geographical distinction when it comes down to something that is either right or wrong," he said. "The logic that each of the states can come up with their own definition of how to respect human life is the logic of the Civil War. And we saw how that turned out."
"This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue," he said.
Georgia Right to Life executive director Nancy Stith said Huckabee’s presence surely helped the group set an attendance record but she said the amendment is drawing in new supporters as well.
Part of its the excitement of HR 536, she told the Times Free Press newspaper. Its excitement in grass-roots involvement.
HR 536 is the Paramount Right to Life amendment that would extend constitutional protection to unborn children from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency.
Huckabee’s support for the amendment played a role in his receiving the pro-life group’s endorsement. He applauded the amendment on Tuesday and talked about his own efforts for similar legislation in Arkansas.
State Rep. Martin Scott, a Republican from Rossville who is sponsoring the measure in the legislature, is telling lawmakers that it could help boost turnout among the GOP base in the 2008 general elections if they can get it on the ballot.
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 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 has increased 42 percent, the number of abortions has dropped 18 percent.