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Georgia House Leadership Continues to Block Prolife Legislation

Senator Barry Loudermilk and Representative Ed Setzler’s Private Right of Action Bill, SB 210, has been refused a committee hearing in the Georgia House. Atlanta Journal Political writer Jim Galloway has this to say about the bill’s effect,

“Pro-life forces have long suspected that many of the state restrictions imposed on physicians who perform abortions – parental consent for women under 18 among them – are routinely ignored. Enforcement by the state is nearly non-existent, they claim.

SB 210 would allow another avenue for enforcement, through civil suits.”

Georgia House Speaker has said that SB 210 will not have a committee hearing this session. He was quoted in the Atlanta Journal.

““When you’re dealing with things that are so fundamental and so important, it seems to me that’s an issue we ought to be having a serious, thoughtful discussion about,” Ralston said. “I’m not sure that happened over there [in the Senate]. I’m not sure there’s enough time to have the kind of serious discussion that requires over here.”

This seems reasonable until you hear the qualifying facts. The facts are that this bill was part of another bill in 2010 (SB 529) that passed three House Judicial Committees, a Senate Judicial Committee, and the full Senate. It has had plenty of vetting. Truthfully, the 2010 version of the bill was much stronger language than this year’s version. And there IS enough time for it to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee if Speaker David Ralston wanted it heard.

We have worked closely with the leadership of the Senate the last three years and have been overwhelmed by the strong cooperation and support of Lt Governor Casey Cagle, President Pro Tem Tommie Williams and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Nearly all of our prolife legislation has passed with mostly unanimous Republican support. We commend the Senate for representing Georgia’s prolife values and working hard to protect the most vulnerable among us.

In contrast, the House’s response the last two years seems to confirm a troubling trend. Meaningful prolife bills lack House Leadership support. This is entirely a House Leadership problem. We have the floor votes to pass any prolife bill in the House . . . if House Leadership would permit the bills to proceed. The Senate has passed four pro-life bills in three years. None of the prolife bills that originated in the Senate have been allowed to come to the floor of the Georgia House for a vote. And now it is happening again.

Please call the Georgia House Leadership and ask them, “Why the House Leadership continues to block meaningful pro-life legislation . . . especially legislation that has been passed in other states and has a proven track record of saving lives?” (You are unlikely to get through to the legislator, leave a message with your name with the secretary.  The calls will only take you 5 or 6 minutes to complete.)

House Leadership:

Speaker of the House               Speaker Ralston                   404-656-5020

Speaker Pro-Tempore             Rep. Jan Jones                     404-656-5072

Majority Leader                         Rep. Larry O’Neal                404-656-5052

Majority Whip                             Rep. Ed Lindsey                   404-656-5024

Majority Caucus Chair             Rep. Donna Sheldon            404-656-5025

Majority Caucus Vice Chair   Rep. Matt Ramsey               404-656-7146

Majority Caucus Secretary     Rep. Allen Peake                  404-656-5025

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Not a Social Conservative? Read This.

The George Bailey Effect


Posted: January 31, 2009
1:00 am Eastern

By Larry Burkett
© 2010 

Editor’s note: The late Larry Burkett, popular Christian financial counselor and author, penned this article in 1998. It is a compelling “response” to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent statement that the economy benefits from “family planning.” Joseph Slife contributed to this column

The George Bailey Effect.

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A Christian Voter Asks Scripture’s Daniel for Advice

Dear Daniel,

There has been a lot of heated discussion within our home regarding Christian civic responsibility.  How I wish I could talk to you face to face and hear your perspective on these issues.  You were a brilliant man, full of wisdom, courage and diplomacy.  During the long years you spent working within the Babylonian and Persian governments you displayed an unswerving commitment to our God.  Surely you could  give me some guidance.   In reading the account of your life one thing is clear: you would never advocate compromising ethical standards to promote a “greater good”.  Nor would you let yourself be drawn in to the particular idolatry of your age.

Surely your participation in the Babylonian government provided protection for the innocent and you probably became an advocate for your people exiled in a strange country.  It is easy to see that you were not ambitious for personal power or glory, but the honor of God and His glory were uppermost in your motives.  You were not afraid or intimidated by wicked men or wild beasts, but were bold to point out to despotic rulers the inevitable consequences of their evil deeds.  Your participation within an evil system brought a measure of security and justice to the innocent in that society and, more importantly,  glory to God.

It is impossible for me not to view current political issues through the grid of my own life experience.  When I ponder the subject of socialism, immediately the contrast between North and South Korea (my birthplace) comes to mind.  Both countries could be considered socialistic, but the differences in living conditions and freedoms between the two are overwhelming.

North Korea is a very dark country- dark from satellite view and very dark spiritually. If I were a North Korean homemaker I would have gotten up this morning off a hard floor, facing a day of brutally hard work, deprivation, and hopelessness.  My children would likely be half-starved and sick from drinking muddy, bacteria-ridden water, with little energy or motivation to play or learn due to malnutrition and lack of opportunity. I would be tempted to severe anxiety for my children, wondering what we were going to eat, wear, or whether we would survive when the bitter North Korean winter hit. If a soldier thought my daughter was beautiful and wanted to “have” her or my husband wanted to sell her into prostitution I would have little recourse.  Any attempt to evangelism or worship (unless it was a government monitored service) would probably mean imprisonment or death. As a North Korean citizen I must always show respect to the “dear and noble leaders”, one of whom is already in Hell.

In contrast, the South Korean homemaker rises (like myself) in a comfortable temperature-controlled home.  She and her family will have plenty of light, food, clean water, and clothing.  They actually might dicker over what they wanted for breakfast or even whether they are hungry enough to eat at all.  She and her husband might have a thriving business and a comfortable car which takes them along newly-paved roads through prosperous villages and countrysides, dotted here and there with pretty churches.  She can, without fear, rear her children, take them to church, and share the gospel with her neighbors.  When her children are sick, good medical help is available.

How can there be such a contrast between the two countries which share a common history?  I would like to think that it is because the gospel has shown into the lives of the South Korean people and because they chose to adopt a governmental structure  modeled after that of the United States.

The United States, like South Korea, could easily be defined as a socialist country.  Anyone can see that we have been and continue to descend into an abyss of government control.  But I would much rather live in the US than North Korea.  There is still a striking difference between the countries.  The blessings we enjoy ultimately come from God our heavenly father.  But my understanding is that we are also blessed because our forefathers were faithful  and structured a government that reflected(not perfectly) the principles they saw revealed in Scripture.  We are losing, but still retain many of the freedoms that others do not have.

Daniel, you were a man of fasting and prayer.  Some of our greatest weapons are  prayer and evangelism through the Word.  Ultimately the world must be changed through the gospel-change of hearts.  But don’t you think it is irresponsible and ungrateful  not to participate in a governmental process handed down to us through our faithful forefathers as an out working of their understanding of Holy Scripture.  Shouldn’t Christians participate while they still can exert even a little influence.  I am reminded of what was accomplished by the power of God through the obedience of a few men during Gideon’s time.  What is the saying? “All that is necessary for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.” To retreat and do nothing is to expedite the descent into tyranny.  I don’t want to live in a North Korea.

Twenty-three years ago a friend and I were arrested in front of an abortion clinic for trying to give literature to women going in for abortions.  We had been standing on city right- of -way and were within our legal rights. Unfortunately, our appointed judge was a committed feminist.   Later, during court proceedings, the attorneys were interviewing prospective jurors. At least one pro-life Christian asked to be excused from jury duty.  I wish she had stayed and participated.  If she had, we probably wouldn’t have been convicted.

Daniel, you were not the only man in the Scripture who faithfully participated within the corrupt social structure of his day. I am reminded of Hananiah, Mishael,  Azariah, the godly kings and judges of Israel, Nehemiah, Ezra and others.  Sometimes I observe  those of my particular theological “camp” -alongside their legitimate desire for doctrinal purity – refuse to work with others who are not perfect in their political views.  Do you think that working alongside such people constitutes an “unholy alliance”?  Or are we so perfectionistic  and demanding of others that we are paralyzed  in our ability to serve the Lord and work for good in our society.  Many will not accept any kind of incremental effort toward good.  What is wrong with incrementalism as long as ethical compromises are not made?  I must work incrementally with my children toward their sanctification.  How glad I am that God works incrementally with me!

Daniel, would you argue that the qualifications for a civil leader should be identical to those of a church leader?  If so, then there are only a few we could legitimately support.  I myself could never support any candidate who would not chose to protect innocent human life. Nor could I support a woman who would desert her little children to serve political office.  What qualifications should one look for?  Where do we draw the line?

If God wills, this Sunday morning our family will rise after a comfortable nights sleep to a satisfying breakfast (if they want it at all).  We will choose from a variety of nice clothes, board a comfortable air conditioned van and drive to our church to worship and listen to the precious Word preached – without fear or physical discomfort.  The only obstacle we have to sharing the gospel is our own cowardice or lack of love.  I often take these blessings for granted.  I know it is pleasing to the Lord to assemble together on Sunday. I know what is appropriate for Sunday.  But …Tuesday is voting day …

Unlike North Korea, many will go to the polls unhindered and unafraid.  Is it an exercise in futility, or worse, a compromise to participate in an evil system?  The Scripture says, “when the wicked rise in power, men hide themselves”  If I do not vote am I hiding myself and is that not shirking my responsibility?    Scripture also says,” a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”   Daniel, I wish you could give me some guidance  – where is my thinking wrong?  And…

Daniel … what should I do on Tuesday?

Respectfully,

A Christian registered to vote in Forsyth County

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Pro-Life Campus Training Impacts Students: One Girl’s Story

In March, Georgia Right to Life partnered with Justice for All to offer three trainings and two outreach opportunities at Georgia Tech and at Kennesaw State. While many people often wonder whether what they are doing makes an impact, many of the students, even the high school students were impacted by their ability to dialogue with their peers. At Georgia Right to Life, we are determined not just to give the next generation life, but to train them with the skills they need once they are here to defend life. Below is an account of one young woman who shared her story with us.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29

All that we speak must be acceptable to God. Whether with friends being silly or talking with others seriously, we have to be careful what we say. It may not be what we say to someone that stays with them, but how we say it. When speaking with someone on such an important topic as abortion, we must think about what we are going to say and how we say it.

We cannot just start yelling at someone telling them they are wrong for thinking abortion is right or ok. The Bible says that a soft answer turns away wrath. At the last day we will be held accountable for every word that comes out of our mouths. These are some of the things that I thought and prayed about before most of the conversations I had. The most helpful technique I learned was to trot out the toddler. I would have never been able to do that if I had not gone through the 5 hours of training. When I first heard of the training I thought it was going to be a long slightly boring seminar.

Once the training started and we were all talking and role playing I really was enjoying it. Breaking into the smaller groups was helpful also; it gave more one on one time. The mentors were amazing helping us through some of the more difficult scenarios. I really enjoyed the training more than I thought I would. The training was very overwhelming, but enough stayed with me to where I felt confident enough to answer questions and have a decent conversation with someone. Being on campus made me extremely nervous. I was put with a mentor for three conversations. After that I listened to a few more then was sent out.

My first thought was “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” -1 Corinthians 10:31. I am not here to please men but to please God. I prayed through my partner’s first conversation, because I knew I would be next. As we walked up to this young lady I prayed, “Lord please give me the right words to say”.

Job 6:25 says “How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?” I had to calmly talk to her, that was it. As we approached her, I could not find my voice. I was never this nervous in my life. I quickly prayed for courage. I then asked her if she wouldn’t mind taking a survey. My voice went right along with my shaking hands. I was so happy when she said that she was pro-life. We talked for awhile longer then said good-bye. As we were walking away she pulled me aside and thanked me for talking with her. She also told me to introduce myself, and she said don’t worry about what others think. She told me that I knew what I was talking about and not to worry. It was very encouraging.

After a few conversations I conquered my nervous fear. Then I didn’t want to stop talking to people. Until I talked to one guy, he said his mom is a doctor in India and performs abortions. “AHHHH, run away” was the first thing that popped in my head. As we talked and as we asked him questions, I realized something. Before every answer he gave us he said “My mom thinks…” or “My mom believes…” or “My mom says…”

I realized this man is not answering anything for himself. Not everyone was willing to talk though. One man signed the poll table with the question “Should abortion remain legal?” He said yes, as went to leave I said “Excuse me sir, may I ask you a question?” He replied with a slightly raised voice “No, I don’t need to talk to you”. Others don’t care and just walk by as if nothing is there. Like Psalm 115:5 says they have eyes but do not see. These people are blinded to the truth.

All in all it was a wonderful experience. The JFA staff was fantastic. If at any time I got stuck in a conversation I could call someone over to help. Everyone was cheerful and enthusiastic. If I had any questions they would lovingly explain it to me. The only thing that I own that is worth keeping, the only thing that makes me rich, and I got to share it with others! My faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest thing I have! I love being able to share that with others. My last thought as leaving, was just the beginning. My last thought was “I want to be like them”!

There were three things I learned through all of this:

1) Learn- I had to learn how to speak to these people, without debating.

2) Share- Share what I had learned.

3) Pray- Pray that the seeds that were planted would grow, and be fruitful!

If you are interested in learning more about the campus outreach program that Georgia Right to Life is starting, please call us at 770-339-6880.

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Navigating the Mine Field that is a Black Woman’s Womb

by Malaka Grant

When I was growing up in Ghana in the home of a Black radical (my mother) and a regular dude (my dad), I was taught by my mother and other radicals of her ilk that “civilization was carried on the womb of the black woman”, that her children were “kings and queens”, that her “feet were shod with truth and beauty”.

You get the picture; and anyone who was born between 1968-81 and raised in a home of “Black consciousness” knows what I’m talking about. For a short stretch of time, it was a good and honorable thing to raise a Black family with two parents, some kids, maybe even a dog.

There was a time, and not too long ago, that if a Black man wanted to have sex with a Black woman, by God he was going to have to marry her. We had that much respect for ourselves, our bodies and the concept of family.

I turned the page of this Black book and suddenly being “Black” in the new century means a life style of promiscuity, immaturity and irresponsibility. If you turn on BET, it’s like our women have fought for exclusive rights to exhibit whoredom. Sex is pervasive in our community, and generally when people have gratuitous and unprotected sex, they make a baby.

It gets to be a slippery and dangerous slope when you begin to discuss abortion amongst feminists and black folks, but that’s exactly where I’m headed. Folks get fidgety and indignant because you may be attempting to trample on their “rights” and “choices” with this kind of talk. But when a soldier in Iraq has an 80% higher chance of making it home from war than a Black baby has of making it alive out of his mother’s womb, I have to speak on it. Before I get started, I’ll tell you I’ve heard all the arguments before:

What do you say about children who are a product of rape and incest, Malaka? Should a woman be forced to keep the baby in those cases, just to fit into the scope of your narrow Christian ideals?

My answer is:

Ideally, there would be no rape or incest, but I’m going to go ahead and take a leap and say that the over 1400 Black babies being aborted every day are not all the result of ‘rape or incest.’

For anyone who thinks that I’m removed from the sensitivity of abortion because I’m married, go to church and can “afford” my three kids, let me assure you I am not. I have relatives and friends who have had several abortions…killed their babies like they were squishing an irritation, like an ant.

For some women, it’s the men in their lives that coerce/convince them into having the procedure, and for others it’s a very easy decision to make.

For my own part, the biological father of my firstborn (whom I did not marry), had sanctioned 5 abortions before her birth and one that I know of thereafter, wanted me to consider killing this baby as well.

My own father and current father-in-law wanted me to have an abortion because my first child was conceived and born out of wedlock. My dad called Nadjah at 10 weeks old in the womb “just a fetus” and “a collection of cells.” Mr. Grant Sr. casually suggested an abortion as a way to right all wrongs. Was it an easy decision for me as a single, scared 26 year old working a crummy job to keep the baby?

Nadha at one week old and Malaka

Nadjha at one week old and mom

No, but I could never fathom the burden of destroying a human life. Have you ever seen or read Horton Hears a Who? The Whos ask Horton (who, though he cannot see them, is able to hear them quite well) to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to do, proclaiming throughout the book that ‘‘even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small’’. The entire movie is centered around this maniacal kangaroo who is trying to get Horton to admit that Whoville doesn’t exist because she can’t hear or see the Whos. Eventually, she tries to (unsuccessfully) boil Whoville in a vat of boiling oil.

The point is, my baby was not and never was a “collection of cells”.  At 10 weeks in utero she had fingers, feet, eye sockets and a heartbeat  From the night of her conception to this morning when I dropped her off at pre-school, she was and is my ‘Nadjah-bear’.

Has anything I’ve said today going to change anyone’s views on abortion? Maybe…but probably not. Most folks feel about abortion the way they do about heavy metal or the opera: They either can tolerate it or they cannot…they or are for it or against it.

It is a rare occasion that someone from either faction is dissuaded from their core beliefs on abortion. But what has me ticked off as a Black woman is the fact that as a race, we’ve bought hook-line-and-sinker this

silly concept that who gets to live outside of or die in the womb is a matter of ‘choice’.

For the most part, we truly do not understand

the spiritual and social implications of destroying our children in the womb. There’s a whole cultural movement in that direction and li’l ol’ me is not big enough to fight against it. And let’s be honest. The decision to abort a baby has everything to do with lifestyle and convenience.

It is neither glamorous nor convenient to have a child, be it 1 or 5 in tow while you try to do groceries or get your hair done. It’s an economic decision, because if you are a good parent, the majority of your funds will inadvertently be redirected towards those kids. Is it easy to go to school, conduct business or work when you have an unwanted/unintended pregnancy?

No, but it’s not impossible.

Malaka and daughters Nadjha and Aya

Malaka with daughters Nadjah and Aya

If you don’t want to face grown up consequences, stop playing grown up games and make the “choice” not to get in bed without a condom, a pill, or here’s a novel idea, NOT AT ALL unless you’re prepared to face the fact that you might make a baby that day.

In 1970, Louisiana judge Leander Perez said “The best way to hate a nigger is to hate him before he is born.” Our ancestral mothers had their babies ripped from their arms on auction blocks all around the south, had them tossed overboard ships during the middle passages, and watched, cried and screamed in agony while slave masters sold them off for profit. I daresay they would be disappointed in our women today and their “choices.” There’s a whole lot of nigger hating going on today, and it seems to be us niggers that’s doing the hating.

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