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Defending Chloe’s Existence.

“I did however say this award was bittersweet, and it is sad to receive an award for defending the very existence of your child and those like her!  Imagine if 90%+ children with brown hair and brown eyes were identified, targeted and eliminated prenatally and you were the proud, loving parent of one of the few survivors. Would you fight to defend your child and let the world know what a gift and Blessing your child is?”

Continue reading Kurt Kondrich’s article here.

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Georgia Files Bill to Strengthen Patient’s Rights

Atlanta, GA- This past week H.B. 1178 “The Patient’s Right to Nutrition and Hydration Act” was introduced in the Georgia House by Representative Martin Scott and co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Bearden and Rep. Mark Butler to help provide more protections for Georgian citizens in end of life care.

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..

Mike Griffin, Legislative Director of GRTL noted, “We live in a time where it is illegal to deny a dog or cat food or water, but it is legal to deny a person food and water. We must value every person’s life, especially in the final moments of life.”

Attorney David Gibbs, counsel for the Schindler family in the Terri Schiavo case, has provided legal counsel on this bill. Mr. Gibbs noted, “Food and water should not be considered “life support,” in my opinion.  If this bill is passed into law, Georgia would recognize that important distinction to protect its citizens.”

This bill seeks, among other things, to establish the fact that the feeding tube should be considered ordinary care, not medical care. The bill does allow for exceptions under an advanced directive.  Currently in Georgia physicians and administrators can override a patient’s wishes in an advanced directive.

“Ultimately, this bill seeks to strengthen patient’s rights in Georgia. Under existing law, a doctor can override a patient’s desires to have the basic essentials of food and water. No medical establishment should take away the right from a patient or their family the right to make the very private and tough decisions about end of life care,” stated Dan Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life.

Georgia Right to Life (www.grtl.org) promotes respect and effective legal protection for all human life from its earliest biological beginning through natural death. GRTL is one of the number of organizations that have adopted Personhood (www.personhood.net) as the most effective pro-life strategy for the 21st century.

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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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What are you doing November 14th?

Hi Everyone,

The question is very simple:What are you doing Saturday, November 14th, 2009? While there are many thingsbiotechface that you may have planned for that day, very few of them could be as important as this day. Georgia Right to Life is hosting its South Metro Conference in Tyrone, GA.

This conference “How to Be Pro-Life in the 21st Century” is crucial to understanding where the pro-life movement has been and where we are going in the future. 

Whether you are a mom, dad, pastor, student, teacher, prayer warrior, etc, there is no event like this conference that will give you key insight into the battle ahead of us and the tools to use in the fight for the sanctity of human life.

The Conference will feature Dan Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life discussing where the pro-life movement has been, and where we need to go in order to be effective in the 21st Century.

Catherine Davis will be discussing the History of Eugenics in America and how to Reclaim the Legacy of the African American community and society at large.

make a difference pic 2Other presentations will include the Top 10 Ways to Impact Life in the 21st Century and insight on efforts to get involved in the South Metro area and Georgia.

Again, you don’t want to miss this life changing event.

Tickets are $1o for Students, $15 for adults, and 2 for $25. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 12, 2009.

The conference will be held at Operation Mobilization, 285 Lynnwood Ave, Tyrone, GA.

For more information about the conference or to register online, click here

Remember in order to change the culture, we need you to be present!

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Personhood – Being Pro-life in the 21st Century

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By Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life
October 16, 2009

Personhood is the pro-life battleground of the 21st century. Throughout the history of the Church the doctrinal teaching of the “Sanctity of Life” (Genesis 1:26-27) has been the belief that Man is created Imago Dei (Latin: in the image of God) and therefore has worth at all stages of life. This is the bedrock of Western civilization’s understanding and practice of human dignity. We are told in the gospels that John the Baptist was known by God, called by God, named by God and then filled by God with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. This is an example of the biblical worldview of Personhood.

Let’s contrast our biblical worldview with an emerging secular worldview. Peter Singer is the DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. This excerpt was taken directly from his website’s FAQ’s:

 “Q. You have been quoted as saying: “Killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all.” Is that quote accurate?

A. It is accurate, but can be misleading if read without an understanding of what I mean by the term ‘person’ . . .”

 He argues his case in his book, Unsanctifying Human Life. He believes that the “right to life” should be granted to all “persons” equally. Unfortunately, his definition of “person” is very narrow and excludes all pre-born children, disabled children, born infants (through 18 months) and the elderly infirm. He goes on to declare that his own mother probably wouldn’t be alive if he were the sole caregiver in his family.  According to Singer, a self-aware dog would have more “personhood” than his mom.IMG_0604

 One would think that Singer’s position would be considered on the loopy fringe of public policy discussions. Surprisingly, his prestigious position at Princeton and his vast international influence has earned him the acclaim of being one of the leading bioethicists of our day.  Don’t be surprised if twenty years from now we find his positions on “personhood” to be encased in our law, our hospitals, our research laboratories and universities. The Right to Life movement is “fifteen years behind the curve”, according to pro-life bioethicist Wesley Smith, “in addressing and responding to this threat.” Our narrow focus on being anti-abortion in the 20th century has not expanded to embrace a host of issues which are emerging in the 21st century.

Destruction of human children at the embryonic level has now expanded beyond research laboratories to be enshrined as a “pro-creative right” of infertile couples seeking to become parents.  It is not uncommon to create between fifteen and twenty children at one time and then through the processes of selective reduction and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) kill all but one of those children. When did it become acceptable for a couple’s “right to parent” to supersede another’s right to life?

 Drug companies and biotech businesses need human subjects to perfect their products. A steady supply of human embryos are needed in order to conduct these lethal experiments. Because fertility clinics can not possibly supply the large number of embryos needed, the biotech industry has resorted to a transgenic solution . . . combining 98% human DNA with 2% cow DNA to form a human-animal hybrid child known as a “chimera.” Cornell University, May 2008, created a “glow in the dark” human child by crossing human genes with a fluorescent gene from an Australian jellyfish. A spokesman for the National Institutes of Health said, “the Cornell work would not be classified as gene therapy in need of federal review, because a test-tube embryo (child) is not considered a person under the regulations.”

 Our effort to promote a culture of life in our day, requires that we develop a clear and consistent message to alert our culture to the dangers that lie ahead if the definition of “person” is eroded and changed from its historical meaning. This is the clear battleground of the pro-life movement in the 21st century. Our website at Personhood.net is our attempt to engage the 21st century with a clear “Sanctity of Human Life” foundation and we would encourage you to familiarize yourself with its resources and message.

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