Daily Archives: February 15, 2010

H.B. 1178 “The Patient’s Right to Nutrition and Hydration Act

This piece of legislation was submitted by Representative Martin Scott and co-authored by Rep. Tim Bearden and Rep. Mark Butler. It has been registered in the clerk’s office, but will not receive its first reading and assignment to a committee until Tuesday (Feb. 16th) when the session reconvenes.

This legislation seeks to insure that no patient shall be denied food and hydration. It has been brought to the attention of Georgia Right to Life and our Legislature that there have been cases where patients have been denied basic food and hydration in order to speed up the dying process.

As all of you know, GRTL is firmly against euthanasia. We believe that the unnecessary withdrawal of food and hydration ranks among what should be called “cruel and unusual punishment.” We are living in a day when it is illegal for even an animal to be denied food and water! If this is true for animals, then how much more should this be true for human beings?

Attorney David Gibbs has been very helpful in counseling us on this very important piece of legislation. Many of you may remember Mr. Gibbs from the Terri Schiavo case a number of years ago. This bill seeks, among other things, to establish the fact that the feeding tube should be considered ordinary care, not medical care. It should be considered ordinary care just like a cafeteria tray is necessary in bringing lunch to a patient.

The bill does allow for exceptions under an advanced directive. Most Georgians do not realize that there is a loophole in Georgia law right now regarding advanced directives. An advanced directive is a document that states what medical procedures you want done in case you have a serious illness or accident and are unable to speak for yourself. However, Georgia allows physicians or administrators to override the wishes or desires of an advanced directive! Please pray that we can begin to close such a loophole.

Two weeks ago Rep. Ed Lindsey and Rep. Wendell Willard introduced legislation (H.B. 999) in an attempt to overhaul much of the language regarding advance directives and portable medical orders However, many pro-life experts have interpreted this legislation as being a forerunner to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. It is our understanding that much of the language in this bill came from parties that are not interested in seeing life preserved, but seeing it end more quickly. There will be a hearing Monday (Feb. 15th) to try to amend and improve H.B. 999 with language from H.B. 1178. There should be some interesting conversation at that hearing.

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A Statewide Day of Prayer and Fasting in Georgia

During crucial events in our nation’s history, the American people, as a nation, often turned to God for direction, guidance and Divine intervention.During a time of devastating drought, the pilgrims sought God’s intervention to bring rain and a bountiful harvest, which He did.

Upon hearing the news of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the First Continental Congress sought God’s Divine Providence as they prepared for war against a far superior military power, Great Britain.

During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin reminded the delegates that without God’s assistance in building this nation, they would be no more successful than the builders of the tower of Babel. Franklin then encouraged them to join together in prayer and ask for God’s Divine intervention on their proceedings.

On June 6, 1944, as our soldiers, sailors and airmen landed on the beaches of Normandyto liberate the people of France from Nazi oppression, President Roosevelt asked the people of America to join together to pray for God to lead our men, “straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith,” as they“struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”

Today, there is still a “suffering humanity,” seeking the most basic right given by God to every man, the right to live. In Georgia, approximately 33,000 children, every year, are denied their right to life through the practice of human abortion.

As many throughout our history have turned to God for His Divine assistance, pro-life members of the General Assembly are calling upon the Christian community across the State of Georgia to join together in a statewide day of fasting and prayer, for the liberty of
human beings not yet born.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, we will join with citizens across the state to ask for God’s Divine intervention in our efforts to pass the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act, this year, which will begin to bring an end to selective abortion in our beloved state.

Please join Representative Barry Loudermilk, the Georgia Legislature, and Georgia Right to Life on February 24, 2010 for a day to ask for God’s divine intervention in Georgia.

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H.B. 1155 “Prenatal Non-discrimination Act” (PreNDA)

by Mike Griffin, Legislative Director

This piece of bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Georgia House by our good friend Representative Barry Loudermilk and cosigned by 5 other Representatives. Four out of the first six names are African Americans and two out of the six are Democrats. The bill would make it a crime for anyone attempting to coerce or solicit a female to abort based on the race or sex of her unborn child would be guilty of a crime.  It also would be a crime to perform an abortion, while knowing it was motivated by the baby’s race or sex.  Likewise, it would be a crime to perform abortions intended to control the population of a specific race or sex.

Pregnant women targeted for criminal solicitation of abortion would not be criminally or civilly liable.  Victims of violations could recover all damages available under state tort law, as well as damages for the homicide of an unborn child.  Systemic violations of abortion law could be prosecuted under the corrupt organization statute and harmed individuals would have a private cause of action.  Convicted abortionists could be sentenced to prison for one to ten years.

H.B. 1155 is partly based upon existing federal legislation that Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona introduced last year in the U.S. Congress. Our bill, like his, would make it illegal to abort a child for reasons of sex or race or the race of their parents. Note the evidence from the outline below that shows some of the reasons justifying this kind of legislation:

1)      In 2008, blacks made up 30% of the population but over 59% of the abortions in Georgia.

2)      In 2008, Georgia had 18,901 black abortions – which is the highest reported number of black abortions in the U.S. (in the 37 states that report.)

3)      Because of targeting, 94% of the abortion clinics nationwide are located in urban areas where blacks reside.

4)      As a result of coercion and solicitation, black women abort their babies 3 times the rate of white women.

5)      Prenatal sex selection is available in the United States and worldwide.

6)      Young Georgia women pregnant with bi-racial babies have been coerced into abortion to prevent mixed-race births.

To view HB 1155, http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb1155.htm

For more statistics check out www.toomanyaborted.com

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