Focus on the Family
Abortion Ban Introduced in Georgia
A Georgia lawmaker today introduced a bill that would protect human life from the moment of conception and outlaw the killing of preborn children.
HB 1, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin and co-sponsored by Rep. Melvin Everson, directly challenges Roe v. Wade -- the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
The legislation reads, in part: "Justice Blackmun, writing for the majority in Roe v. Wade … wrote: ‘when those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and the theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer (to the question of when life begins).’
"Now, 30 years later, the General Assembly knows the answer to that difficult question, and that answer is life begins at the moment of conception."
Members of a state House committee heard testimony from Franklin and Everson as well as Dr. Alveda King and Sandra Cano. Cano was "Doe" in the Supreme Court case Doe v. Bolton – the follow-up to Roe v. Wade that made way for unfettered access to abortion services. King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The legalization of abortion on demand has resulted in a dramatic rise in the incidence of child abuse, committee members heard, as well as a dramatic weakening of the union of family.
Abortion has pitted "mothers against their children and women against men," the bill contends.
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Georgia State bill HB 1 includes the following declaration in SECTION 1.:
"A fetus is a person for all purposes under the laws of this state from the moment of conception;..."
Over 20% of the States in America had active abortion ban bills of various kinds in the 2005-2006 legislative year (Note: "exceptions" to a ban on abortion are unconstitutional, as illustrated in the text of the Roe v. Wade decision itself):
11 State bills in 2005/2006 banning abortions:
- ALA, GA, IND, KY, LA, MO, ND, OH, SC, SD, TENN (over 20% of States in U.S.)www.christianlifeandliberty.net/H3213-S111-121.doc
The 1973 Roe decision stated that if legal "personhood" was vested for the unborn, that the pro-abortion argument would then collapse. For almost 34 years now, the pro-life movement has failed to achieve that goal by a state-level, statutory declaration that pre-birth human beings are legal "persons" at fertilization, without exception. As illustrated by the Roe decision itself, "exceptions" to legal personhood are unconstitutional:
Right to Life Act of SC - news conference and "Jesus Christ is Lord of the Gates" pro-life rally - Jan. 17, 2006
In the very text of the Roe v. Wade US supreme Court decision it states, “[Texas] argue[s] that the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment… If this suggestion of personhood is established, the [pro-abortion] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
In other words, there never would have been legalized abortion under Roe v. Wade. But tragically, Texas had an “exception” which undermined their entire “personhood” argument. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote: “[ Footnote 54 ] When Texas urges that a fetus is entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protection as a person, it faces a dilemma. Neither in Texas nor in any other State are all abortions prohibited. Despite broad proscription, an exception always exists…
But if the fetus is a person who is not to be deprived of life without due process of law, and if the mother's condition is the sole determinant, does not the Texas exception appear to be out of line with the Amendment's command? ...”
The Right to Life Act of SC, in statutorily vesting legal “personhood” at fertilization for ALL human beings, satisifies the Roe formula published 33 years ago. The issue of legal “personhood” for ALL human beings, without exception, is a key to unlocking the 33 year old Roe v. Wade abortion enigma.
Jesus said, "... I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Steve Lefemine, pro-life missionary
dir., Columbia Christians for Life
http://www.christianlifeandliberty.net/ (click on "RTL Act of SC")
January 11, 2007