Voters in Georgia yesterday strongly supported a ballot proposal stating that human life begins at conception — more proof that voters in the southern state share pro-life values.
By a 2-to-1 margin in the Georgia Republican primary, voters supported the personhood language stating all “human life from its earliest biological beginning.” Responding to the vote, Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker today called on the state legislature to acknowledge clear public sentiment and approve placing a pro-life amendment before all voters in 2014.
“Personhood amendments do not grant rights to anyone – they merely recognize the God-given rights of every individual human being. The people of Georgia have shown that they are ready to vote ‘Yes’ on personhood, it is time for the legislature to ensure that the Georgia Personhood amendment is on the ballot,” Becker said. he added that it is “time to let every Georgian decide the human rights issue of the 21st century.”
State law requires legislative approval to authorize ballot amendment questions, he noted.
Tuesday’s non-binding GOP primary results showed that a super-majority (66% of voters) expressed support for amending the state constitution to grant the “paramount right to life” to all innocent human beings from their earliest biological beginning until natural death. The Amendment question won in 158 of 159 counties, garnering 593,250 votes of the 902,512 cast statewide. In most counties the “YES” vote was between 71% to 78%.
Saying it’s time for such a measure, Becker pointed to recent national polls that show most Americans no longer support abortion on demand. He also noted that the elderly, disabled and infirm are aware of the increasing threats to their well-being due to pending Medicare cuts and the looming possibility of healthcare rationing.
“We’re living in a society that sadly accepts death—either abortion or the willful neglect of the fragile—as a way to deal with perceived problems,” Becker said, “and that violates both God’s will and our right to life guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence.”
“The tide is turning,” he added, “more and more people are rejecting the culture of death that has pervaded our cultures for decades. It’s time to say—no more.”
As for the elderly, disabled and infirm, Becker said the debate over Obamacare revealed that unless stopped “ . . . the writing may be on the wall as some people feel society simply cannot afford extensive healthcare for everyone. God help us if we start applying cost-benefit analysis to healthcare.”
Personhood amendments seek to define life under state law as beginning at the moment of fertilization. Although no truly pro-life group opposes the concept of personhood for unborn children, most top pro-life legal experts say they will not have the effect of ending abortionand would likely be overturned in court or upheld as merely a statement of position that has no bearing on abortion’s legality.
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For any amendment or abortion ban to be upheld in court and provide legal protection for unborn children, most pro-life groups believe changing the Supreme Court is necessary first as the high court currently has a, at best, 5-4 pro-abortion majority. The goal of changing the Supreme Court to allow for an abortion ban, pro-life groups say, begins with defeating pro-abortion President Barack Obama and electing a pro-life Senate to approve new justices.