The state of Georgia has a voting procedure in the state’s primary that may sound foreign to some of us. This procedure allows citizens to speak their minds and let their legislators know, beyond a doubt, what issues are important to their constituents. The primary ballot in Georgia poses non-binding questions to voters – on issues such as gambling, guns, and lobbyists. This year, on July 31, voters in Georgia’s Republican primary will be asked to answer “yes” or “no” on the Life Amendment.
Should 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?
The Life Amendment states the basic foundation of the entire pro-life movement, but it is being supported specifically by the Personhood wing. Georgia Right to Life speaks about why the Life Amendment is necessary in Georgia and what its purpose is:
While legalized abortion has been with us since 1973, it is painfully clear that human life at all stages is threatened as never before. Indeed, technology was in its infancy in 1973 when Roe v Wade was decided. The reality of life in the womb made possible with ultrasound did not exist. Emerging technologies, such as cloning, transhumanism, and genoism, or even the science of organ donations were purely science fiction. Ethics and legal protection lag far behind scientific possibilities and experimentation. Your “YES” vote on the life amendment will help close the gap.
Look around and you’ll see – the prolife position is increasing all the time. A 2010 straw poll in 47 counties across Georgia, found an astonishing 75% that said “YES” to life, even in predominantly Democratic counties! A 2010 Gallup poll confirmed for a third time that more Americans call themselves prolife than prochoice on abortion, calling the prolife majority the “new normal” in the United States.
The more often that American citizens – from any state – stand up and declare that they support human life at every stage, the sooner abortion will end in our nation. The destruction of innocent life stops not when people are silent. It stops when people add their voices and agree that we must be done, once and for all, with killing the innocent. Georgia Right to Life posted another of Thomas Jefferson’s quotes (see my article on this Founding Father’s pro-life values) in their discussion of the Life Amendment:
The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only object of good government. [Emphasis mine.]
Let us return to the values we once held dear as Americans. Let us join together and proclaim that if we do not give life to the most innocent and helpless among us, we stand for nothing. If we do not reach out a hand to help those who need saving, we are no longer the shining light on a hill we once were. If we do not remain strong in the fight for life, we will fail. As the wise saying declares, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
Georgia Right to Life has created a simple, powerful, and easily understandable video detailing the Life Amendment. In this video, they refute false claims often made against personhood amendments around the nation. Watch, and if you live in Georgia, vote “YES!” on question 5 on July 31!
For more information on voting in the Georgia Republican primary and for answers to questions about the Life Amendment, visit Georgia Right to Life’s FAQ page.