Georgia Voters Approve Nonbinding Abortion-Personhood Amendment in Test

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 21, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Georgia Voters Approve Nonbinding Abortion-Personhood Amendment in Test

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 21
, 2010

Atlanta, GA ( — Georgia voters were presented with a what-if of sorts when they went to the polls on Tuesday to participate in Democratic and Republican primary elections. Voters cast ballots on a non-binding version of the personhood amendment that would prohibit abortions if upheld in court.

The amendment would alter the Georgia State Constitution and say the "right to life is vested in each human being from their earliest biological beginning until natural death" and that right should be protected by law.

In all 46 counties where the amendment was presented it passed with about 75 percent of the vote.

Georgia Right to Life officials say the results are proof that the amendment has a good chance of passing if ever put before voters throughout the entire state in a general election situation.

"There is no question that the people of Georgia would pass a Personhood Amendment," says Dan Becker, president of the organization. "The ball is now in the Legislature’s hands to allow the people a voice on the most pressing human rights issue of the 21st century — deny them at your own peril."

However, because of the non-binding status, abortion advocates and the media did not weigh in on the amendment and those pro-life groups concerned about its fate in the courts did not explain why they think other strategies are needed to stop abortions.

GRTL officials informed today that Butts County was the only one in the state to see a majority of both Democrats and Republicans approve the measure.

Becker said his group, next year, will use the results of the ballot to lobby the Georgia Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the 2012 general election ballot.

Related web sites:
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