The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. Read more
Georgia State Senator Loudermilk is the primary sponsor of a bill (Senate Resolution 420) to put personhood on the Georgia ballot in 2014. Georgia does not allow a citizens’ initiative, so the legislature must initiate ballot propositions. SR 420 proposes to add to the Georgia state constitution the following:
This state shall recognize the paramount right to life of all human beings as persons at any stage of development.
Sounds good to me. Thank you, Senator Loudermilk.
The Christian News Wire reports that Georgia Right to Life plans to introduce “enabling legislation” that will lay out the legal consequences of recognizing the right to life of unborn human beings. Such legislation could help deflate Planned Parenthood’s scare tactics, though I suspect they’ll lie anyway.
In response to Drew’s post.
We are extremely encouraged by last summer's vote! It's all based on the understanding of state politics in GA. Your analysis can't just be based upon a single data point.
The article should have been entitled "66% of Republicans (which included an estimated 20% of the state's Democrats) Supported Personhood". In Georgia anyone can appear at the polling place and select either a Democrat or Republican ballot REGARDLESS of their registered party affiliation. When a registered Democrat lives in a county that is overwhelmingly Republican they are entitled under GA law to select the Republican ballot so that they have a say in local county elections. In many counties the race for Sheriff or County Commission Chairman vies for top spot on the ballot even over many statewide races.
The Republicans in the GA legislature are only ONE House seat short of having a 66% majority in GA government. The majority Party is overwhelmingly Republican. A large portion of Democrats voted on the Personhood question when they pulled a Republican ballot. The Republican party estimated that it was as high as 20% of registered Dems in the state.
We only need 50% +1 to pass an Amendment. The question that needs to be determined is how many of the Dems do we need to pass the Amendment. We need to persuade only 20% of the Dems who voted on the Democrat ballot last July. In the 2010 primary, we actually had the question on Democrat ballots and the result was that rural Dems voted 72% in favor of the Amendment.
Yes it will be tough. But don't make the mistake of discounting the prolife benefit of a "non-binding vote". Last July's primary spoke volumes to our elected officials. It passed in 158 out of 159 counties. EVERY single politician saw that a majority of THEIR OWN constituents are not only pro-life, but strongly pro-Personhood. Our lobbying strength at the GA capitol for all things pro-life, just went through the "Gold Dome!"
During the Georgia Republican primary last year, Georgia Right to Life included a survey called Question 5 on the Republican ballot. Here’s the text of Question 5:
Do you support an amendment to the Georgia state constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death?”
As this article reports, 66% of Republican primary voters voted yes on the survey. Only 66%. It sure didn’t help that the Catholic Bishops opposed the measure. I’m unfamiliar with Georgia’s internal politics but I find this result very troubling. If you can get only 2 of 3 Republicans to support human rights in a non-binding vote, you’re in deep trouble when the pro-aborts spread their lies in an actual election. It shows we have a lot of work to do.
Dan Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life, has already written a rebuttal. He believes that “enabling legislation” will counter the myriad of lies that are regurgitated by pro-aborts. I hope he’s right.
Contact: Suzanne Ward, Georgia Right to Life, 770-891-8320
NORCROSS, Ga., May 21, 2012 — Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker today announced that Republican voters in all 159 GA counties will have the opportunity to approve granting “personhood” status to all human beings from their earliest biological beginning. The ballot question will appear on the July 31st Republican primary ballot.
“Of all the freedoms we hold sacred,” Becker said, “the right to life is paramount. It is the ultimate civil right granted to us by God—without this right all other rights are moot.”
While the resolution is non-binding, Becker said its approval would “send a clear message to all elected officials in the state that a majority of voters reject the current culture of death created by abortion on demand.”
Specifically, the question reads: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?”
To become a law, the GA legislature would vote to place the Personhood question on the general election ballot in 2014 to be approved by Georgia’s voters.
“While abortion advocates like to claim the practice should be safe, legal and rare, the reality is that 56 million innocent lives have been sacrificed on the altar of choice since Roe v Wade in l973,” Becker said.”
Over 34,000 preborn children are killed annually in Georgia. Earlier this year, the Legislature approved, and Governor Nathan Deal signed, a law that prohibits abortions after a preborn is capable of feeling pain, which was set at 20 weeks.
“That was a significant step forward,” Becker said, noting that it will save an estimated 1,500 lives a year, “but now it’s time to completely end this holocaust in Georgia.”
Georgia Right to Life promotes respect and effective legal protection for all human life from its earliest biological beginning through natural death. GRTL is one of number of organizations that have adopted Personhood as the most effective pro-life strategy for the 21st century.
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February 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Personhood bills and amendments are gaining notice and approval across the United States, with a one such bill having passed the House in North Dakota and another the Iowa House subcommittee. Georgia, Montana, Texas, and Oklahoma have also introduced personhood legislation, reports Personhood USA.
House Bill 1450, The Defense of Human Life Act, overwhelmingly passed the North Dakota House last week 68-25. The text defines “human being” as “an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development.”
“The overwhelming community and legislative support for HB 1450 proves that North Dakota could be the first state to recognize the value and dignity of every living human being,” stated Representative Dan Ruby who introduced the bill. “The Defense of Human Life Act is just common sense… I look forward to its passage in the Senate in the near future.”
In Iowa, the House subcommittee approved a personhood bill in a 2:1 vote on Monday. House File 153 states, “life is valued and protected from the moment of conception, and each life, from that moment, is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons.” The bill will soon go to the full committee for a vote.
“The Personhood movement is growing rapidly, and we expect victory in every state,” stated Keith Mason, cofounder of Personhood USA. “Personhood USA is in it to end it, and as we continue to see new personhood amendments and legislation, we are witnessing a historical movement to finally end the destruction of human lives and to protect women and children at all stages of life.”
The Georgia Senate has filed a new amendment to State Constitution today that would recognize the personhood of an individual from the moment of fertilization.
Senate Resolution 153, called “Paramount Right to Life,” states, “The rights of every person shall be recognized, among which in the first place is the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life … the word ‘person’ applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency, including unborn children at every stage of their biological development.”
Georgia Right to Life sponsored a non-binding poll in 46 Georgian counties last July that gauged voter support of a personhood amendment, the results of which indicated that Georgians are largely in favor of the new amendment. The poll question, which received between 60-92% support, was almost identical to the question submitted with SR 153.
Monday also saw the introduction of a personhood amendment in Montana. The Constitutional Initiative No. 102 or “Personhood” Amendment has nearly identical wording to Georgia’s, recognizing the personhood rights of all human beings.
Rebecca Kiessling, a woman conceived in rape, gave a moving testimonial to the Montana Legislature at the hearing Monday. “I may not look the same as I did when I was four years old or four days old yet unborn in my mother’s womb, but that was still undeniably me and I would have been killed through a brutal abortion.”
Meanwhile Texas introduced amendments to the Health and Safety Code in House Bill 1109, filed earlier this month. The bill maintains that life begins at fertilization and that preborn children have “the rights, protections, and privileges accorded to any other person in this state.”
In Oklahoma, a personhood amendment was also recently introduced. “Protecting everyone, including the preborn, is consistent with the vision of our Founding Fathers,” stated Representative Blackwell, one of the bill’s sponsors.
Georgia Voters say “Yes” to Personhood Amendment
Throughout the state yesterday, citizens had a chance to express their sentiment regarding the important policy question of when life begins and when it should be protected in law. Select metro counties throughout Georgia placed the following question on their respective ballots:
“Do you support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each
human being from their earliest biological beginning until natural death?”
The amendment passed overwhelmingly in all 46 counties. 323,474 total votes were cast and the average margin of voters approving the question was an amazing 81.1%!
Georgia Right to life chapters began work this spring in requesting that their local county parties place this non-binding “party” question on their local party ballots. Both Democrat and Republican parties were approached. Butts county was the only county to succeed in getting both parties to cooperate and approve the measure (Republicans 79% and the Democrats 72% . “There is no question that the people of Georgia would pass a Personhood Amendment” IF given the chance!”, says Dan Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life. “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.”
The passage of the question sends a strong message to our legislature that Georgia is pro-life and that its voters desire an opportunity to vote on the issue of when life begins. In 2011, GRTL will use the results of the ballot to lobby the Georgia Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the 2012 general election ballot. A super-majority of each chamber of the Georgia General Assembly is required to place the Personhood Amendment on the ballot. Once placed on the ballot, it would require a majority vote from the citizens of Georgia (50% plus 1 vote) for the item’s passage.
The following counties voted “YES” on the Personhood question on July 20, 2010:
Bacon, Banks, Bartow, Brantley, Bulloch, Burke, Butts (BOTH Republican and Democrat ballots), Carroll, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Coffee, Colquitt, DeKalb, Dooly, Fannin, Fulton, Glynn, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lamar, Liberty, Lowndes, Murray, Muscogee, Paulding, Pickens, Pierce, Spalding, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troup, Twigs, Union, Walker, Walton, Ware, Wilcox, and Worth.Daniel Becker President
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GA Right to Life ask about a “Personhood Amendment” on ballot
By Sarah Panko
Published: July 19, 2010
Muscogee County voters who ask for a republican ballot tomorrow will see something a little different.
You will find a question on the ballot that reads;“Do you support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death?” The question is being posed by the non-profit group, Georgia Right to Life.
The organization asked the Muscogee County Republican Party to put the question on the Republican ballot, and they agreed.According to its website the group says it promotes values and protects human life. The question asks when someone’s life begins and if you would support an amendment that would allow the legislature to pass laws that would protect life from the “earliest biological beginning until natural death”
According to Elections Director Nancy Boren, the question is not a binding referendum and,
Therefore, carries no weight. The question will appear on 47 ballots. One is a democratic ballot.