Posted: 11:19 am Saturday, March 29th, 2014

National organization boots Georgia Right to Life 

By Daniel Malloy

This just in: National Right to Life has named Georgia Life Alliance as its new state affiliate. That means Georgia Right to Life is out.

The challenge came as a result of GRTL’s fierce opposition to allowing abortion exceptions for rape and incest.
Here is the full release:

WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, today voted to seat the Georgia Life Alliance as its official NRLC affiliate for the state of Georgia, replacing Georgia Right to Life in that capacity.

In response to the actions by the board of directors, the following may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life:

“National Right to Life looks forward to working with the Georgia Life Alliance, and with grassroots pro-life citizens throughout Georgia, to advance the pro-life cause in Georgia and nationwide. Georgia Life Alliance has assembled a diverse group of seasoned pro-life activists to steer their efforts on behalf of life in Georgia.
There is a single National Right to Life affiliate in each state, which sends a director to the national Board. It is rare for a longstanding state affiliate to be replaced on the Board, and it is action never undertaken lightly. However, Georgia Right to Life last year demanded that members of the U.S. House of Representatives vote against National Right to Life’s top-priority federal legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and subsequently praised some House members who did in fact join with pro-abortion congressmen to vote against that landmark bill.

“Fortunately, only two members of the U.S. House delegation from Georgia heeded this destructive counsel and voted against the bill, but the episode demonstrated that Georgia Right to Life was willing to seek defeat of National Right to Life priority federal legislation. Furthermore, this year Georgia Right to Life praised a U.S. House member for not voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a bill to strengthen and expand prohibitions on federal funding of abortion – another another top legislative priority for National Right to Life.

“In short, by its own actions, Georgia Right to Life ruptured its relationship with National Right to Life.
National Right to Life and its affiliates seek to restore legal protection for all unborn children from the moment of their conception. Until the Supreme Court allows broad protections for unborn children, we work to protect as many children as possible by passing the strongest possible laws at the state and federal level. That legislative strategy has helped save millions of lives – and continues to save lives today.”

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Georgia Right to Life issued a statement of its own in response, calling NRLC’s move a “tragedy” and touting its policy successes in Georgia:

Georgia Right Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker expressed “heartfelt sadness” that GRTL’s affiliation with its national counterpart has ended.

“It’s a tragedy that a pioneering, highly successful pro-life organization is considered unworthy to remain affiliated with National Right to Life (NRLC),” Becker said. “It’s especially hard to understand, since GRTL has accomplished so much.”

NRLC voted today to replace GRTL’s membership with a newly-formed group that claims it can do a better job of carrying out NRLC’s goals and objectives.

Becker pointed out that NRLC’s stated mission is to: “…protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from beginning of life to natural death.”

“That’s virtually identical to GRTL’s mission statement,” Becker said. “From a policy standpoint, we’re on the same page.”

GRTL Vice President Mike Griffin noted that, “GRTL has been highly effective in carrying out NRLC’s mission by electing rock solid pro-life candidates and directing NRLC’s flagship legislative initiatives in Georgia: the Woman’s Right to Know Act and most recently, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Other national groups recognize Georgia’s premier pro-life status. Americans United for Life listed Georgia second in its 2013 “All Star” ranking, and has included the state in the top 15 “most protective” states since 2007—reaching as high as 8th.

In 2000, GRTL changed its candidate endorsement criteria and legislation policy to ensure that all pre-born children are protected, except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened.

As a result, Georgia is the only state where all its statewide constitutional officers do not support rape or incest exceptions. Georgia is one of only two states that have kept exceptions out of their legal codes.

“Since 2005, by the grace of God, GRTL, along with our supporters and courageous elected officials, has enacted nine major life-affirming laws,” Griffin said. “The most recent was this year’s ban on taxpayer funding of abortions.”

The schism has implications for the U.S. Senate race. GRTL endorsed Paul Broun and has been in open war with Karen Handel for years. I caught up with Broun at a tea party-sponsored “Ethics, Morality and Principles” forum at a Baptist church in Rincon, not far from Savannah where all the Senate candidates will gather for a debate tonight:

“I’m saddened that those of us that believe in life are fighting amongst ourselves. We ought to be fighting to protect the lives of unborn children instead of quibbling about differences of opinion of strategy. I’m honored that Georgia Right to Life has endorsed my candidacy for U.S. Senate. …

“I know that Georgia Right to Life has been at the forefront in the state of Georgia fighting for life. What National Right to Life did is I think unfortunate for the people who have been involved with Georgia Right to Life for a long period of time.”

I asked Broun if the split diminished the power of GRTL’s endorsement:

“Absolutely not, no. Georgia Right to Life is very well respected by people throughout the state who are concerned about this issue. So I don’t think their standing amongst Georgians is going to be diminished one bit.”

Georgia Right Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker expressed “heartfelt sadness” that GRTL’s affiliation with its national counterpart has ended.

“It’s a tragedy that a pioneering, highly successful pro-life organization is considered unworthy to remain affiliated with National Right to Life (NRLC),” Becker said. “It’s especially hard to understand, since GRTL has accomplished so much.”

NRLC voted today to replace GRTL’s membership with a newly-formed group that claims it can do a better job of carrying out NRLC’s goals and objectives.

Becker pointed out that NRLC’s stated mission is to: “…protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from beginning of life to natural death.”

“That’s virtually identical to GRTL’s mission statement,” Becker said. “From a policy standpoint, we’re on the same page.”

GRTL Vice President Mike Griffin noted that, “GRTL has been highly effective in carrying out NRLC’s mission by electing rock solid pro-life candidates and directing NRLC’s flagship legislative initiatives in Georgia: the Woman’s Right to Know Act and most recently, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Other national groups recognize Georgia’s premier pro-life status. Americans United for Life listed Georgia second in its 2013 “All Star” ranking, and has included the state in the top 15 “most protective” states since 2007—reaching as high as 8th.

In 2000, GRTL changed its candidate endorsement criteria and legislation policy to ensure that all pre-born children are protected, except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened.

As a result, Georgia is the only state where all its statewide constitutional officers do not support rape or incest exceptions. Georgia is one of only two states that have kept exceptions out of their legal codes.

“Since 2005, by the grace of God, GRTL, along with our supporters and courageous elected officials, has enacted nine major life-affirming laws,” Griffin said. “The most recent was this year’s ban on taxpayer funding of abortions.”

- See more at: http://www.grtl.org/node/481#sthash.DgDgNQ2K.ue7J9ZrU.dpuf

Georgia Right Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker expressed “heartfelt sadness” that GRTL’s affiliation with its national counterpart has ended.

“It’s a tragedy that a pioneering, highly successful pro-life organization is considered unworthy to remain affiliated with National Right to Life (NRLC),” Becker said. “It’s especially hard to understand, since GRTL has accomplished so much.”

NRLC voted today to replace GRTL’s membership with a newly-formed group that claims it can do a better job of carrying out NRLC’s goals and objectives.

Becker pointed out that NRLC’s stated mission is to: “…protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from beginning of life to natural death.”

“That’s virtually identical to GRTL’s mission statement,” Becker said. “From a policy standpoint, we’re on the same page.”

GRTL Vice President Mike Griffin noted that, “GRTL has been highly effective in carrying out NRLC’s mission by electing rock solid pro-life candidates and directing NRLC’s flagship legislative initiatives in Georgia: the Woman’s Right to Know Act and most recently, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Other national groups recognize Georgia’s premier pro-life status. Americans United for Life listed Georgia second in its 2013 “All Star” ranking, and has included the state in the top 15 “most protective” states since 2007—reaching as high as 8th.

In 2000, GRTL changed its candidate endorsement criteria and legislation policy to ensure that all pre-born children are protected, except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened.

As a result, Georgia is the only state where all its statewide constitutional officers do not support rape or incest exceptions. Georgia is one of only two states that have kept exceptions out of their legal codes.

“Since 2005, by the grace of God, GRTL, along with our supporters and courageous elected officials, has enacted nine major life-affirming laws,” Griffin said. “The most recent was this year’s ban on taxpayer funding of abortions.”

- See more at: http://www.grtl.org/node/481#sthash.DgDgNQ2K.ue7J9ZrU.dpuf

Georgia Right Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker expressed “heartfelt sadness” that GRTL’s affiliation with its national counterpart has ended.

“It’s a tragedy that a pioneering, highly successful pro-life organization is considered unworthy to remain affiliated with National Right to Life (NRLC),” Becker said. “It’s especially hard to understand, since GRTL has accomplished so much.”

NRLC voted today to replace GRTL’s membership with a newly-formed group that claims it can do a better job of carrying out NRLC’s goals and objectives.

Becker pointed out that NRLC’s stated mission is to: “…protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from beginning of life to natural death.”

“That’s virtually identical to GRTL’s mission statement,” Becker said. “From a policy standpoint, we’re on the same page.”

GRTL Vice President Mike Griffin noted that, “GRTL has been highly effective in carrying out NRLC’s mission by electing rock solid pro-life candidates and directing NRLC’s flagship legislative initiatives in Georgia: the Woman’s Right to Know Act and most recently, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Other national groups recognize Georgia’s premier pro-life status. Americans United for Life listed Georgia second in its 2013 “All Star” ranking, and has included the state in the top 15 “most protective” states since 2007—reaching as high as 8th.

In 2000, GRTL changed its candidate endorsement criteria and legislation policy to ensure that all pre-born children are protected, except in cases where the life of the mother is threatened.

As a result, Georgia is the only state where all its statewide constitutional officers do not support rape or incest exceptions. Georgia is one of only two states that have kept exceptions out of their legal codes.

“Since 2005, by the grace of God, GRTL, along with our supporters and courageous elected officials, has enacted nine major life-affirming laws,” Griffin said. “The most recent was this year’s ban on taxpayer funding of abortions.”

- See more at: http://www.grtl.org/node/481#sthash.DgDgNQ2K.ue7J9ZrU.dpuf

194 comments
GrandpaJohn
GrandpaJohn

Great News. If this had happened 35 years ago, Georgia's abortion industry would have been abolished in the 1980's.


Non-compromising leadership in Georgia Riht to Life resulted in the continuing the annual slaughter of thousands of babies in the womb for the last 35 years.

Judycat21
Judycat21

Well women will just have to go back to using coat hangers. douching with bleach and basement abortions like the good old days. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

It is already becoming increasing difficult and risky for women to obtain a therapeutic abortion in the state of Georgia.  A political prisoner, the Johns Hopkins educated physician, Dr. Tyrone Cecil Malloy, was recently incarcerated for performing abortions.  The intention, of course,  to make all Obstetricians and Gynecologists reluctant to perform this procedure.  I noticed, Jim Galloway, that you did not receive comments from the former Gynecologist, Phil Gingrey.  All physicians with proper training in the United States, including Paul Broun, have performed abortions, at least in medical school, and I'm quite certain Gingrey continued that activity well into his practice.  I think he may have even been sued for malpractice regarding a complication.  That would be worth knowing before the Republicans decide on their candidate. 

Pam1J
Pam1J

GRTL: Here's a new strategy for you: Target all men. Get men to stop having sex with women and that way you can stop the need for any and all abortions.

historywriter
historywriter

 Medical decisions often involve abortion discussions because of the mother's health or the unborn child's health.  This includes cancer, chemotherapy choices, blockages, and birth defects, and others that you probably are not aware of.  When you have been through that, you realize how important it is to be able to discuss all the options.  But that discussion can be curtailed by legislation that censors what doctors may discuss with their patients.  To be able to discuss a patient's beliefs and a doctor's beliefs makes for improved decision-making  for all parties.  The ability to make choices makes for better and more confident parents if the baby is born, and less trauma (though still grief) when it is not.  A supportive environment for those facing frightening life choices is much healthier than a negative, fearful environment created by politics. 

dkendr
dkendr

Why are we so worried about what other people do with their own lives, minds and bodies?

WesleyCole
WesleyCole

What this also means which has not been included in any of the information from Daniel Malloy that I have found so far WAS included in an article in a local magaize called Fenuxe. In that magazine Fox Newshead Erick Erickson will be a huge part pf this new group and promoting it because the "old" group is not extreme enough. Eric is also using his platform with ADF to support criminalization of just being gay in Europe, Asia and Africa...I am sure he will support this in America, too. 


So the question remains because of this wing nut how closely will he link supporters of the new Georgia Life Alliance and Alliance Defending Freedom (unless you are gay)


Stop the wingnuts before they regroup on their losses



Corey
Corey

Td123, it's medical because it's performed by doctors and not clergy. 

honested
honested

Well at least this new group of American Tealiban  accepts the need for at least two exceptions more than the previous accepted group of American Tealiban.


In a few decades, they might move slowly toward a realistic position of accepting that they do not hold sway over the personal authority of other American Citizens.

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

This is a very quiet 'un-coupling' from dangerous psycho nutty-nut-nut Dan Becker.

When the nuts think you're too nutty, well you might.......

nah, never mind. You're helping turn Georgia blue faster than we ever could.

heheheh


cloudodust
cloudodust

"Don't we still have a thousands of troops in a foreign country that we sent to protect the people from being dominated by a bunch of religious zealots, and having them force their strict interpretation of religion on the masses?"...An interesting approach that doesn't wash. Our government sent troops in an attempt to supposedly free the people from their tyranical leadership. Tyranical leaders will never be obliterated. Shoot, they run the Senate in America...but when it boils down, if it has a heartbeat, whether we can look it in the eye while it stands on two feet or on an imaging machine, it's a life. As I said earlier, that's just my belief. To all, have a great Sunday morning. I'm out to run my own little Currahee...Hi-Ho Silver

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

To the extent these folks will provide approximately 2 million loving, caring homes a year for unwanted children, then you have justification for popping off...abortion will happen regardless of your numbers.  Your approach is not practical.


A woman has absolute control over her body.  This is the case whether the religious right et al think so or not.  The only question IMO is at what point is it inhuman.....seems this is more a medical ethics issue than a religious issue.  


Religion works for many folks. It's when such groups become selfish and push views on others that people take offense..All would benefit from less selling and less government influence.  Stick to your own knitting.  The church going community shrinks every year....what does that say?

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@Pam1J The troll, td1234, appears to have a very strong interest in this matter - laying detritus throughout this blog.  Apparently, he has great difficulty attracting women - not hard to understand.  Also, I wonder if the one time he impregnated someone, it was aborted.  The motivation of these aging white males, beating the drum on this issue, puzzles me and I wonder if you have any insight?

td1234
td1234

@Pam1J  Women control sex. They say who, when, where if any sex is going to happen. 

td1234
td1234

@historywriter  And exactly what % of abortions have to happen each year due to these circumstances? 1%, 2%? 

td1234
td1234

@dkendr  We do not unless and until it involves an innocent life. 

dkendr
dkendr

@WesleyCole It's "recoup," not "regroup."  And you don't recoup on losses, you just recoup them. There's something wonderfully ironic about someone protesting ignorance while displaying it.  Get a brain, moran.

Pam1J
Pam1J

@Corey So sorry you had to take time out of your day to explan that.

td1234
td1234

@Corey  It is also medical when a doctor administers a lethal injection in a death penalty case. Abortion is the same type of procedure.   

td1234
td1234

@honested  Well maybe one day the uninformed abortion on demand crowd will realise that a little personal responsibility could eliminate the deaths of millions of unborn citizens. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@honested -- Maybe.  But, IMO it's all a political ploy.  They want us to think they've gotten rid of the crazies to make themselves more palatable on a grand scale to a larger number of Americans.  However, once they get where / what they want, they'd bring the crazies right back into the car and put them in the driver's seat.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@RaindroidWillBoy "It's when such groups become selfish and push views on others that people take offense.."

I wonder how all the people quoting the bible would feel if suddenly the people who abide by and practice the Koran started a movement to make the Koran's principles into established US law?  Think they'd like some religion telling them what to do then?   Not so much.

coj
coj

@td1234 @Pam1J  And why are republican MEN trying to pass laws that diminishes a woman's control of their bodies? Maybe republican WOMEN should try to pass laws that would diminish a man's access to viagra?

coj
coj

@td1234 @historywriter  And you would deny those the right to safe abortions for their health and welfare for your ideology?

coj
coj

@dkendr @WesleyCole  Sometimes it is beat not to display ignorance online where people can read it. Moran, indeed!

dkendr
dkendr

@td1234 @CoreyDoctors don't administer lethal injections; it's done by orderlies or phlebotomists who haven't taken the Hippocratic Oath.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@td1234 @Corey  No it's not!  Maybe next time, before you make another comment like that; you may want to use that thing called "GOOGLE" and try to get some info on the subject.  Just advising....

AdamSilber
AdamSilber

if you don't like  abortion do not have one.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Lumps of tissue are not 'unborn citizens'. There is no legal definition of 'unborn citizen' as there is no need for such a definition.

td1234
td1234

Yes Debbie in your twisted mind it is crazy to protect life but it is sane to pull the head of an unborn child out and ram a rod in his/her brain to kill it. 

honested
honested

@DebbieDoRight @honested 

My suggestion does not in any way offer validity to their position. I just suggest they have come to absorb some minor flash of reality.

When they grasp gravity, evolution and astrophysics then an introductory conversation MIGHT be in order.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@dkendr WRONG a Licensed Dr has to be present for a lethal injection.

td1234
td1234

@DebbieDoRight @td1234 @Corey  I chose not the read the left wing propaganda on the subject of abortion. Common sense tells you it is the same because both decisions are dealing with taking a life. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@td1234 @Corey  -- the above comment was meant for my old friend td1234; not corey.  Should've made that clear earlier....

td1234
td1234

@AdamSilber  That is similar to the argument in the early 19th century that is you do not like slavery then do not own one. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@td1234 @honested  That's not an end-all be-all there TD.  Some states apply the law when the fetus is 6 months or more; while others apply it only to fetuses who are closer to 9 months in gestation.  A couple of weeks of pregnancy?  Zilch. Zip. Nada.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  Wrong. GA Code 16-5-80 was first implemented in 1981 in Georgia. There are currently 38 states with Fetal homicide laws including CA, MA and Maryland with many of them ratified prior to 1973. 

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  So you have proof that this is not the law of the land in northern states? BTW: Was this not the law prior to 1973 also?

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Yet another errant legal effort in red states that unduly complicate murder trials.

A concept that will eventually be set aside and could potentially allow a murderer to go free.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  Except for that little legal thing that when a pregnant woman is murdered then the person is charged with double murder. This has to mean that the law believes the unborn is a citizen. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@td1234 @honested Oh noze!!  Not the Slavery WAs The Law Card!!!  That comment is melting all the logical comments on the subject!!  eyes:rolling

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Odd that you cite an example that was substantially in place because of religious justification.

It appears that when religion interferes in Governance, the result is always bad.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  FoR now. Slavery was the LAW OF THE LAND for more than a 100 years and SEPARATE BUT EQUAL was the LAW OF THE LAND for almost 100 years before the American people had a moral awakening and said they were wrong. Abortion has only been the LAW OF THE LAND for 40 years and we are moving closer and closer each and everyday to being declared yet another moral atrocity.