At Georgia Right to Life our mission is to restore respect and effective legal protection for all human beings from earliest biological beginning to natural death. Everything we do supports that mission. It is that simple and that complex because the right to life is our most basic and fundamental right.
The GRTL position statement on In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) follows our mission. “While GRTL empathizes with the many couples who turn to IVF as a treatment for infertility, we caution that some commonly used procedures surrounding this practice can cause the deaths of children at the embryonic stage. Any IVF procedure which leads to the destruction of human life at any level of development is opposed by GRTL. To protect both mothers and children, GRTL calls for parents undergoing the in vitro process to limit the number of human embryos created in a single cycle to the number to be transferred in that cycle. In IVF, as in any other means of procreation, the responsibility of parents to protect and nurture their children begins at fertilization.”
It is time that public figures and politicians realize their public policies have consequences. If a candidate or politician makes a claim of being pro-life GRTL PAC seeks to find out if their positions square with their rhetoric. They can’t make the claim to being pro-life if any of their positions end with a dead innocent human being.
Such is the case we have at hand. IVF as currently experienced in the USA ends with dead babies through selective reduction (too many embryos so some are killed) and Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) where the babies are tested to determine which are worthy of life and which are not.
These are the irrefutable facts. “A public figure which supports unregulated IVF can not be pro-life because it ends with dead babies, and babies with anomalies are the first chosen for killing. Currently, around 90% of babies with Down’s Syndrome are killed before they are born,” said Melanie Crozier, GRTL PAC Director.
A candidate for public office may say they don’t support selective reduction, or the termination of babies with anomalies, but again the facts are by supporting unregulated IVF, that is exactly what they are supporting.
Georgia Right to Life PAC can not endorse Ms. Handel for Governor because Georgia needs a Governor who will protect all life. GRTL is not alone. The only national pro-life woman’s organization, Susan B Anthony List, interviewed Ms. Handel. Their sole goal and mission is to identify pro-life woman candidates, endorse them, fund them and work hard to see them elected. On the basis of their own interview with Ms. Handel they rejected her pro-life claims.
“Ms Handel needs to understand that her public policies and rhetoric have consequences. When she says she supports unregulated IVF, the result is dead babies,” said Crozier.