Georgia Right to Life Election Endorsements

Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) has issued their endorsements for the August 10 runoff election.  Click here.

GRTL has very strict requirements for getting their endorsement.  Each candidate must sign the following statement:

WHEREAS, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law,” Georgia Right to Life PAC affirms the principle that the right to life is the bedrock upon which all other Constitutional rights are derived.

IN ADDITION, we believe, in the face of compelling biological evidence, that a continuum of human life and personhood begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at natural death, the ethical treatment of human embryos must include their “best interests,”

THEREFORE, as a candidate for public office, I affirm my support for a Human Life Amendment to the Georgia Constitution and other actions that would support these principles. This would assure that regardless of race, age, degree of disability, manner of conception or circumstances surrounding a terminal illness, that the civil rights of the pre-born at an embryonic or fetal level, the elderly and those with mental or physical infirmities are protected by law and are violated when we allow destructive embryonic stem cell research, therapeutic or reproductive cloning, animal human hybrids, abortion (except to save the life of the mother), infanticide, euthanasia or assisted suicide.

As a candidate for public office I agree to uphold these principles and positions.

Note that politicians who support a rape/incest exception would NOT get the Georgia Right to Life endorsement.  What do you think about this agreement?  Is it strong enough?  Too restrictive?  Please comment.

I think I would add a requirement that the candidate also sit and watch a video of abortion, e.g., the video on the www.AbortionNo.org website.  Do you agree?

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6 Responses to “Georgia Right to Life Election Endorsements”

  1. August 6th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Robert says:

    Karen Handel (candidate for Governor) uses the rape/incest exception. I’m not happy about that but, I’m supporting her because her opponent in the Republican run off voted to give money to Planned Parenthood while he was in the U.S. House.
    The Democrat candidate is the worse.
    By the way….this is my third attempt to leave a comment on one of your posts; maybe it’ll work this time.

  2. August 6th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    admin says:

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  3. August 6th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Dan Becker says:


    Thanks much for your notice of our endorsement criteria. It actually is one of the toughest in the nation.

    Many people assume that having such strict standards would actually marginalize our influence. Nothing could be FURTHER from the truth. We began this practice over ten years ago. Today, the MAJORITY of publicly elected legislators in the state of Georgia hold to “life of the mother ONLY” exception. In the last decade we went from the bottom of the list of states ranked by AUL for its pro-life legislation to currently we are 8th in the nation in 2010.

    In the current race for Governor, 6 of 7 candidates (all EXCEPT Robert’s pick above)supported our position AND supports a Personhood Amendment to our GA Constitution.

    We in the pro-life movement have been misled by our leaders in thinking that a biblicaly based, principled approach to politics is NOT achievable. We have demonstrated otherwise. Proving politicians “only see the light when they feel the heat.”

    Thanks for all you are doing to end abortion in our day.

    For the Sanctity of all life in the 21st century,
    Dan Becker

    PS Robert, you can’t be pro-life and believe that it is OK to kill a child based on its manner of conception. Besides it was KAREN HANDEL that funded Planned Parenthood ($1.2 Million), check out the facts on DEAL and HANDEL on http://www.grtl.org.

  4. August 8th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Robert says:

    From a Catholic point of view, an abortion isn’t allowed just because of the “life of the mother exception”. It’s still a compromise choosing someone using your criteria.
    Deal has baggage.
    “After attacking Handel’s abortion record, Deal is facing questions of his own 1993 vote as a Democrat in Congress to authorize $500 million in funding for Planned Parenthood.”
    Neither Deal nor Handel are perfect from a pro-life standpoint. Anyone claiming one is more or less pro-life than the other is being disingenuous.

  5. August 8th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Fletcher says:

    Robert, are you being serious?

    A 1993 vote is nearly 20 years ago. Organizations like Georgia Right to Life and CBR/Pro Life on Campus exist to change people’s minds on abortion. We are doing it, too. Must we assume that nobody can change his or her mind? If that’s true, I’d have to fire half my staff, because a lot of pro-life people used to be pro-choice in the past.

    Regarding life of the mother, can you really say that a woman with an ectopic pregnancy should allow herself to die for no reason? A dead mother cannot keep a baby alive. There is nothing she can do to save her baby’s life. If the fallopian tube and baby are not removed, the mother will die and then the baby will die immediately thereafter. The only pro-life thing you can do is to deliver the child so that the mother can live. The difference is that this procedure is done to save life, not destroy it.

  6. November 4th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Pro-Life Politicians Sweep Statewide Offices in Georgia says:

    […] of them won their elections.  This achievement is made even more remarkable when you consider the very strict endorsement criteria employed by […]

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