Posted: 12:00 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014

Georgia Right to Life launches national personhood group 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Georgia Right to Life is taking the state’s pro-life schism national, as it announced today the launch of the National Personhood Alliance.

GRTL, long a force in state politics advocating a strict no-exceptions line on abortion, was booted as an affiliate of National Right to Life in March after it clashed with the national group over supporting a U.S. House bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks — while allowing exceptions for rape and incest. The newly formed Georgia Life Alliance took over, promising a less confrontational approach and a push for incremental gains over an all-or-nothing approach.

GRTL and its backers held that this is, in fact, a life or death issue and should be treated as such. Today’s announcement includes backing from a pro-life group in Cleveland and said the National Personhood Alliance will be officially formed at an October conference in Atlanta, with the goal of becoming a force on Capitol Hill with a “higher standard than is currently embraced by most national pro-life groups today.”

Erick Erickson, the Atlanta talk radio host who is on the board of Georgia Life Alliance and has been critical of Georgia Right to Life, weighed in with this via email:

“I’m excited for them. I think no group should have a monopoly on the life issue and a national group competing against NRTL will force NRTL to focus more on the issue and less on Republicans. … NRTL will force NPA to work on advancing an agenda and not just on screaming.”

Here’s the full release from Georgia Right to Life:

NORCROSS, Ga., June 16, 2014—Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Daniel Becker today announced the formation of a new national pro-life organization, the National Personhood Alliance (NPA), a confederation of faith-based, pro-life organizations and leaders who believe pursuing Personhood is essential to protecting all innocent human beings in the 21st century.

“The focus of NPA will differ from most national pro-life groups,” Becker said. “The general consensus of many in the movement is that it’s time for a fresh strategy for ending the disregard for innocent human life. We intend to be ‘standard-bearers’ as opposed to ‘king-makers’. This will require the application, politically and legislatively, of a higher standard than is currently embraced by most national pro-life groups today.”

Becker said, “There has been an overwhelming call from many within the movement to form a new national pro-life group which will represent us on Capitol Hill.”

The new organization will be officially formed at a convention to be held in Atlanta, GA on October 10th and 11th. Representatives of existing pro-life organizations and leaders from across the country are invited. Attendees who affirm the founding charter will begin the process of electing a national board of directors representing each state.

“The pro-life movement is more than 40 years old,” Becker said. “From its inception in the late 1960’s, the focus has primarily been on ending abortion. Our concern must be expanded to encompass the dignity and value of each human being at any developmental stage through natural death.

“To achieve that goal, we must ensure that our strategies are consistent with our policies and objectives. Compromise is not possible. This is not like roads or highways or agricultural subsidies; when we compromise – someone dies.”

Keith Mason, Personhood USA President: “Personhood USA looks forward to working with emerging groups like the National Personhood Alliance who share our commitment to never compromise on the lives of pre-born babies.”

Other groups, such as Cleveland, OH Right to Life (CRL) have pledged their support for the new organization.

“GRTL has helped lead the way with a winning pro-life strategy for the 21st century,” said Molly Smith, CRL President. “This strategy will help restore the family and finally bring an end to destructive practices that devalue and destroy human life. Our organization is excited to become a charter member of NPA and bring America back to life by restoring first principles.”

Becker noted that, “Georgia has proven that pro-life groups don’t have to compromise when it comes to electing pro-life officials or enacting life-saving laws.”

Since 2005, Georgia’s pro-life legislators have enacted eight major life-affirming laws. Georgia is one of only two states in the nation which have not encased “rape & incest” exceptions into its legal code.

In addition, Georgia is the only state where all eight statewide constitutional officers have affirmed their refusal to support rape and incest exceptions in any public policy or legislation.

“NPA, which is supported by many national leaders, will provide guidance and assistance in helping other states implement these proven strategies,” Becker said. “It’s time to bring our nation back to life.”

For information regarding participating as a founding delegate in the initial NPA convention see www.personhood.net.

101 comments
Bernie31
Bernie31

Why should American Women and Women of Georgia FEAR Middle East TERRORIST? when their Terrorist are other AMERICANS who are ALWAYS and Constantly in seek to DENY FREEDOM to the Women of America. if they are concerned so much about LIFE why is they DO NOT attack the NRA. whose Deaths Number in the TENS OF THOUSANDS of American Deaths Year in and Year OUT!

There is something REALLY WRONG in these supporters THINKING and Rationale of their Cause.

Does not The TALIBAN utilize the same approach in the CARE and TREATMENT of Women of the Muslim Faith?

DixiesDew
DixiesDew

Dan Becker with his litmus test of life beginning at conception is nothing but a modern day Torquemada trying to use the rule of Law to support his own religious beliefs. Please tell me where the Christian Bible establishes the beginning of human life as a single-cell zygote? If you want to go all Old Testament on people you could go prosecute all the men that have "spilled their seed upon the ground," good luck with that one. My God tells me that it is better that a girl who has been raped by her father take the morning after pill than be told by this old goat that she must carry the abomination to full term. My God is happy that a loving childless couple can utilize science to have their own biological child.  Far from being a winning "strategy for the 21st century" this is an obvious attempt to circumvent the Constitution and allow the enforcement of one group's religious beliefs over all of us as was done in the Middle Ages. 

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Still wondering who is going to be concerned about all the lives in Georgia being denied basic healthcare by the decision not to expand Medicaid.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

I am always amazed at how the right can be so sanctimoniously self-righteous regarding this issue, using phrases like "innocent babies," "all life is precious," one day, then turn around the next minute and advocate for bombing and warring on half the world. Likewise they see no moral issue with allowing 'guns everywhere."

The right and their malefactors who scripted the Iraq invasion still swear that it was the right thing to do, despite that it is estimated that anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 living, breathing sentient human beings were killed. They cheered 'shock and awe,' despite being fully cognizant that not every bomb landed on a combatant. Those 'innocent lives' are written off as 'collateral damage,' yet an American citizen exercising their right to privacy is condemned as a murderer, by the anti-choice--yet pro war-- crowd.

Then td brings up how many Black 'children' have been aborted in the last 40 years, and posits that this  equates to 'genocide' for the Black community.  Again, he blithely ignores that the easy availability of guns, a consequence of his and the NRA's belief that guns should be available anywhere, any time to anyone with the money to buy one, has contributed to more deaths in the Black-and White--communities than abortion ever will. They tout their inalienable right to a gun as justification for guns everywhere, and ignore the murders that result, yet would deny a woman her inalienable right to privacy in her family and medical decisions, because that is immoral, "it is murder."

Love their selective views on what constitutes murder, and their selective moral outrage.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

GRTL stops in the delivery room, once the child is born he or she are on their own. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

Margaret Sanger card.

Soooooooo predictable.

Just sayin'.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

It's real simple. GRTL has to try to stay relevant or Dan Becker loses his meal ticket. It should be heartening to him that Jimmy Swaggart still pulled in millions after the 2nd whοre.

td1234
td1234

Blacks following this philosophy of the far left is better than anything the KKK could have conceived of in the wildest wet dream. 



td1234
td1234

"

According to the poll, 27% say that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, 13% say it should be legal in most circumstances, 38% say that it should be legal in few circumstances, and 20% say abortion should always be illegal....Most Americans have never favored using public funds for abortions for women who cannot afford them. According to the survey, 56% remain opposed, with only 39% favoring public funding for abortions."

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2014/03/10/cnn-poll-58-percent-of-americans-oppose-abortion-in-all-or-most-circumstances-n1806283

Shar1
Shar1

Just what we need.  Another vicious, self-righteous fascist who is convinced that everyone else must be forced to follow his interpretation of faith.  "Compromise is not possible."  Dan Becker as jihadi.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

The republicans obviously don't want the female vote.

BigHat
BigHat

My girlfriend's vagina is a person; it talks dirty to me every night.  

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"a confederation of faith-based, pro-life organizations"

-Georgia Right to Life


So, it's churches trying to make the United States become a theocracy again. 


Bring in some scientific proof of when life starts, and maybe you can start talking, but until then, science says that when the brain develops enough, then it's life.  Not at conception, not at implantation, not at blastocyst stages. 


So, keep your beliefs away from in-vitro vertilization and contraception.  Those are important pieces of today's world.   If you do not believe in those things, then don't use those things.  But do NOT try to enforce those beliefs on others.   When you do that, you fall into the theocracy trap that ensnares so many countries in the middle east. 


Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 - TD what do you know of BLACK PEOPLE In America besides your distorted views and opinions?


td1234
td1234

"Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion

On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.

This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."

A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions."


http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 And that same 20% of abortion naysayers also do not want to give a single dime of their taxes to feed those unwanted babies.

Shar1
Shar1

@td1234  Let's have a poll on whether women with unwanted pregnancies should be remanded to back alley butchers and given a high probability of bleeding to death or dying of sepsis or if they should just be forced, by law, to bear children they don't want.  What do you suppose the result of that poll would be?


td1234
td1234

@LogicalDude How about if we start when life is viable. No abortions after 20 weeks. 

honested
honested

@LogicalDude 

Unfortunately, many walk among us who would rather behave as modern Iraqis and determine who's interpretation of their imaginary friend's 'word' is true and correct, then proceed to beheading the rest of us for not 'hearing'.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Blacks following...

 Minority women...

And there's your signs.

lithoniaguy
lithoniaguy

@td1234 @LogicalDude bow about u lave a womans reproductive decisions to the woman? so much for the right wings "less government" lie

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak Can not debate the facts of the genocide happening in the black community by blacks due to following the progressive agenda now can you. 

td1234
td1234

@LogicalDude I thought you were talking about science and I was reaching out as a compromise. Science has proved that life is viable at 20 weeks.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Kamchak 

You are not capable of debating 'facts'.

When facts interfere with your arguments, you change the terms or even the field.

There is no 'innocent life' involved in this decision.

There is no sentient being involved in this argument.

There is no 'genocide' involved in this argument.

AND, if left alone, the chance that every baby born will be wanted, cherished, loved and raised to successful adulthood improves.

 

Shar1
Shar1

@td1234 @Kamchak And maybe, just maybe, black women have abortions at a greater rate because they are disproportionately deprived of birth control options by a Republican establishment that refuses to either educate the public about birth control or include coverage under public health insurance - while never questioning the value of public money flowing to erectile dysfunction medicines, of course.  Or maybe, just maybe, the ceaseless Republican attacks on "welfare mothers" who always seem to have a black face discourage black women from having those children and being demonized by old white Republican men.

Kamchak
Kamchak

...black community by blacks...

And there's the same sign.

Just sayin'.

GaBlue
GaBlue

@td1234 


Abortions after 20 weeks are rare and almost always the result of serious medical problems. Many tests to determine serious deformities aren't even done until 17 weeks -- IF a woman can actually get scheduled in with the kind of doctor who does that. In many parts of the state, prenatal care with high-risk specialists is not easy to get. Republican legislators have made it clear THEY DO NOT CARE if a woman has access to a doctor while pregnant. Legislating these procedures threatens women who intended to carry to term when something horrific was discovered. You weren't paying attention to this debate, because in your twisted little mind, you think you already know everything. You know nothing td1234.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@td1234 @LogicalDude I actually don't have a big problem with 22-24 weeks.  5.5-6 months is more than enough time to decide.  But, then again, I've never been raped before.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@td1234 @LogicalDude My definition is related to brain activity.  If my threshold is by how developed the fetus is, based on brain activity, then it's not based on how many weeks. 


If there is a line of people waiting to adopt those unwanted 20 week undeveloped fetuses, and are willing to pay for their care, then that can be the CHOICE of those mothers. 


Tell me, would you be satisfied if the law was 20 weeks?  Or would you work even harder to shorten the timeframe or ban abortions outright? 

td1234
td1234

@honested Keep telling yourself that so that your conscience can be clear for accepting and following the progressive agenda. The statistics do not lie. 



12% of the population and 35% of all abortions. 


85% of all planned parenthood abortion mills located in the black community. 


Those are facts and they are not in question. 

td1234
td1234

@Shar1 I do not buy that argument. Contraception is available to anyone at the local CVS. 


"Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn't that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Is her vision being fulfilled today?"


http://www.blackgenocide.org/planned.html

td1234
td1234

@LogicalDude Not going to lie. I believe abortion is murder so I will always work to end the practice. I could live with the rape exception but that should be done with the morning after pill. The mothers life endanger is another exception if it is two doctors documented opinions only. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Why do you have such malice against those who do not fear your superstitions?

Your statistics reflect well, nothing.

It is just your standard fallback whenever you lose the CHOICE argument.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Shar1 

"contraception is available at the local CVS".....

IF I were in charge of the world, abortion services would be too, 24/7, with an armed guard to shoot any nutcase pro-forced-birther that attempted to interfere.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@td1234 @LogicalDude Good to see you at least support the morning after pill and/or contraception.  Do you feel that in-vitro vertilization is killing babies too (for embryos that are not implanted), or are they also exceptions to your rules? 


Some of the groups above find these items are also abortions, which is basically the fringe of today's beliefs.   To reduce the amount of abortions, would you support fully free contraception to anyone who wants it, as well as free morning after pills? 

Shar1
Shar1

@td1234 @LogicalDude td, you can believe anything you want.  Santa Claus.  Obama's a Kenyan.  UGA football is clean.  Whatever.  I can believe anything I want, too.  You just don't have the right to force me to follow your beliefs, any more than I can force you to follow mine.  Don't like abortions?  Don't have one.  Work to provide assistance for women who want to have children.  Adopt.  Just don't tell me what I have to do because you believe a certain way.


honested
honested

@td1234 @LogicalDude 

Then don't ever get an abortion......

But don't determine your 'belief' authorizes you to interfere with the life of another.

td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234 I have not lost any argument. The standard response is the winning argument because none of you progressives have ever been about the rebut it. You all do not even attempt to on a logical or moral level. 

td1234
td1234

@honested Good thing you will never be in charge of anything in the political sphere. 

td1234
td1234

@Shar1 I could care less what you believe or do not believe. Having an abortion is killing an innocent life. Plain and simple.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

Your specious 'argument' has been rebutted, repeatedly, even on this thread...

You simply refuse to accept being wrong about possessing the authority to oversee another adult's behavior.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Shar1 

Only in a religious context, and the United States allows all Citizens freedom from religion.

td1234
td1234

@honested The argument is biased. The government oversees our behavior on a day to day basis from telling us that we can not drink and drive, have to wear seat belts, helmets to ride a motorcycle or even a bicycle to having to have certain vaccinations in order to attend government schools. 


The government says we can not spank our children after they are born. 


If the government can totally control ones life after they are born then protecting the life of a child unborn is surely within the parameters of the government.  

td1234
td1234

@honested The taking of innocent life is not allowed in any secular society I can think of. Can you name us some that it is allowed in? 

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

And there is where you are wrong, an 'unborn' parasite of a host mother is not 'protected' within parameters of protection greater than the host.

I'm sure you still don't get it, but there it is.