Posted: 1:36 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014

New rival challenges Georgia Right to Life 

By Jim Galloway

We apparently have a fight in this state’s pro-life movement – and an overt attempt to sideline Georgia Right to Life’s pre-eminence among anti-abortion forces in the state Capitol.

A rival group, Georgia Life Alliance, based in Rome, will challenge GRTL for membership within the National Right to Life organization. Only one member per state is permitted.

Our information on the new organization is limited. According to the secretary of state’s website, the organization was formed only March 13. Lance Cooper, a well-known Cobb County attorney and former candidate for state Senate, is listed as an officer. Also listed is Emily Joy Matson, a Rome attorney, and Kristin Radtke of Suwanee, who appears to the be wife of Trip Radtke of the Stoneridge Group.

There’s an assumption in these quarters that this has everything to do with the U.S. Senate race. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, is prominently featured on the current GRTL website, praised for his endorsement of the organization’s aggressive approach – which some critics have described as all-or-nothing.

Likewise, the group’s antipathy toward former secretary of state Karen Handel dates to the 2010 race for governor and beyond.

The major point of contention: The National Right to Life organization allows for exceptions to abortion bans in cases of rape and incest. GRTL does not, and has insisted that no politician who endorses those exceptions can be considered pro-life.

Last June, Broun voted against a “fetal pain” abortion bill backed by House Republicans that would ban abortions after a fetus is 20 weeks old. He and Georgia Right to Life blanched when House Republican leaders inserted exceptions for rape and incest.

Posted on the GRTL website:

Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker today expressed disappointment that a local group is challenging its effectiveness as a pro-life advocacy group in Georgia. The group called, “Georgia Life Alliance,” served notice GRTL that it will seek to replace GRTL’s membership at the National Right to Life Board (NRLC) at that organization’s March 29 meeting.

GRTL became an affiliate of NRLC in 1971. NRLC has mentored, guided and helped GRTL in many ways. Much of our success has been aided by their efforts.

“This newly formed organization claims it will do a better job of promoting, pursuing and achieving the primary goals of National Right to Life (NRLC).” Becker said. “That’s unbelievable since our guiding principles are the same as NRLC’s.”

Here are a few paragraphs from a June article by Erick Erickson of Redstate.com, making the counter argument:

“It is Georgia Right to Life that is morally vacant. Their pharisaical positions leave no room to advance the fight on life. They would rather death continue than some deaths be abated. They seek cover behind their characterization of a piece of legislation and denounce virtually every other pro-life organization in the United States of America.

“But ultimately, the exceptions are there and popular because Georgia Right to Life has failed at its mission. Instead of admitting defeat and working for victory, Dan Becker and Georgia Right to Life would now rather defeat their own allies than accept their own failures.

“The rape and incest exceptions exist because pro-life groups like Georgia Right to Life have failed to persuade a majority of Americans that those exceptions should not exist. Instead of trying to persuade Americans, Georgia Right to Life would prefer to brow beat politicians who are trying to advance a pro-life agenda.”

43 comments
Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Republican politicians playing on the religious beliefs of their constituency in order to garner votes! Tell me it isn't so! This just has to be the fault of Obamacare. Bwah hahahahahaha!

ddooley
ddooley

This is clearly a political ploy by a campaign consultant - Joel McElhannon-  trying to secure pro life endorsements for their clients by creating a fake pro life group that can be co-opted by candidates. . One board member's husband works for Stoneridge. A company Joel McElhannon works with closely on political campaigns. The other board member is trial attorney Lance Cooper. Lance made millions off of handling personal injury cases and he also ran for State Senate in 2004. Guess who his campaign consultant was? You got it Joel McElhannon.  Joel also represents David Ralston who has a primary opponent. 


The third member of the board just happens to be a personal injury attorney as well.

Shakatavius
Shakatavius

You people have a reading comprehension problem. The isn't a battle over abortion. It's a battle over whether or not all politicians in GA who want to call themselves a "conservative" have to kiss Dan Becker's ...uhm... ring.  It really doesn't matter if you lean pro life, you have to meet all the criteria that matches the Gospel According To Dan Becker, including "personhood" for single-cell zygotes and almost impossible standards for in vitro fertilization.

Point
Point

Anyone can have an opinion on pro life/pro choice. Your opinion only matters to me if you can get pregnant.

td1234
td1234

This seems like they are nothing more than angry Karen Handel supporters. 


Her views on abortion have nothing to do with the reason I WILL not vote for her. I will not vote for her for the same reason as I did not 4 years ago in the Governors race. She has a GED and then does not have a College degree. Sorry but to me a bachelor's is a minimum requirement to be a US Senator.   

johnscreekfamily
johnscreekfamily

What is Georgia Life Alliance? Their website is a blue page with a logo and a Rome GA address? What "group?" What "organization?"  wwwlgeorgialifealliance.com  Doesn't seem like they will be able to do much for quite a while--the RINOs and Dems are thrilled, no doubt.

Caius
Caius

Erickson has a point.


The US Supreme Court says that a woman has a constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion.


Nothing GRTL has done has had any influence on that fact.  And for those who want to do away with abortion as a constitutional right, it is at the Supreme Court that it will or will not happen.

The anti abortion movement needs to focus on who sits in the White House.  Obama getting over 54% of the women's vote in two straight elections continues to be ignored.


Women are 53% of all voting age persons in the US.  The pro choice organizations have painted Republicans as at "war with women".  To date that has been a successful tactic.


 




Charles50
Charles50

Oh my goodness.  Like they used to say in the school yard--fight, fight.  This should be interesting.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Democrats' best hope in Georgia is that the far right continues to repeatedly attack women's reproductive rights, stoke Christian religious fervor, and coddle the extremely wealthy with the same income tax rate as professional workers/ trust tax breaks/ low capital gains rate, and all sorts of loopholes in the tax code. 

The liberal media, like this blog, will be more than happy to focus upon it.

Capt Tom
Capt Tom

GRTL is in dire need of new and not-nuttier-than-squirrel-farts leadership. Dan Becker has become a caricature and has made GRTL a sad-trombone punchline.

BK37
BK37

As if Georgia needs another group of anti-choice extremists running around.

honested
honested

@ddooley  

All wrong wing kooks not qualified to be considered 'leaders' of anything!

honested
honested

@Shakatavius  

Well, not all Georgians get all bowed-up over abortion.

Let's just settle on a reasonable time like say 60 weeks and stay out of the way!

RomeObserver
RomeObserver

@Point You might want to consider whether the male or female child whose life is subject to being terminated is entitled to an opinion. Perhaps I could introduce you to a few people who are here only because their life was not prematurely ended.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Liberals who constantly cite Europe as a legislative role model won't tell you that.

And exactly who are these "[l]iberals who constantly cite Europe as a legislative role model"?

Please show your work.

Thanks in advance

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

How about her not working since she was publicly fired from her last job?  She is a professional campaigner.

Charles50
Charles50

@EdUktr  It only warms your heart to post it in multiple locations.  While I don't consider myself a liberal I am a Democrat, and to you it's one in the same.  So yes, I do take exception to your statement.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

Well, you almost get it.

But tell me, what do 'Liberals' have to do with some new backward-looking nut organization?

Point
Point

I've considered many things Rome Observer. How many children have you carried and given birth to?

Charles50
Charles50

@Kamchak  I've noticed that too.  On one hand they use them as role models, and on the other as examples of liberalism.  What's wrong with finding documentation in the good old U S of A?

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak  

Glad to hear you're(?) the one liberal who doesn't.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist  Good point but I am sure part of the reason why has to do with the settlement with the organization that fired her. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Of course, Independents are frowned upon by most AJC posters as much as Republicans - only socialists or left wing Democrats tolerated.

Kamchak
Kamchak

I'll therefore attribute your apparent reading difficulties to your imperfect grasp of English grammar.

(shrug)

Stalling and deflection tactics.

You can either back up your assertion, ""[l]iberals who constantly cite Europe as a legislative role model", or you can't.

It's not complicated.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak  

By the way, in your post immediately above, the comma after "constantly" goes within the quotation marks.

I'll therefore attribute your apparent reading difficulties to your imperfect grasp of English grammar.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Actually read the posts before you reply.

I did, and according to the punctuation, you posted a declarative statement attributing a position to me that I did not take.

BTW, still waiting for proof of, "[l]iberals who constantly cite Europe as a legislative role model".

Since you used the word "constantly", you should have little or no trouble at all backing up this assertion.

Just remindin'.


EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak  

Actually read the posts before you reply.

Just suggestin'

Kamchak
Kamchak

Glad to hear you're(?) the one liberal who doesn't.

Where did I post anything about whether I agree or disagree with European legislatures?

Perhaps you should respond to what I actually post, rather than respond to the sh*t you make up and wish I had posted.

Just suggestin'.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @The_Centrist  I doubt it.  She doesn't have a particular career field other than politician so it's not a conflict of interest if she, say takes a job at WalMart or a local law firm.  The real issue is who would touch her.  Based on her last situation almost every employment will probably face some scrutiny and companies are probably not interested in dealing with it.  


She needs to be a good little Republican woman by staying home raising a family and having dinner on the table when hubby gets home.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Maybe because they dislike Deal so much more than her, and she is simply the favorite Republican.  No doubt if she won the Republican nomination they would turn on her McCain style like the pack of rabid dogs they are.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist  I did not realise they did. She is as Conservative as Broun and Gingrey but for some reason the LSM does not want to admit it.


She is actually a nice lady. I talked to he a few weeks ago at our local Republican party meeting. I just will not vote for her for the reason I stated. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Any idea why the AJC likes her so much - just because she is a female Republican?

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist  Paid off I am sure but it is a undisclosed settlement so we will never really know the terms. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

What - she can't take a job, or got paid off enough for a several year vacation?

Charles50
Charles50

@EdUktr @Charles50  Actually I read through it the first time you posted it somewhere else where I clearly pointed out the flaws.