A House Democrat to sponsor personhood amendment

Today is the first day that bills can be pre-filed for next year’s session of the General Assembly.

We’re told that two lawmakers intend to submit “personhood” resolutions – proposed constitutional amendments that would declare that life begins at fertilization, as would legal protection. All abortions would be banned; in vitro fertilization would be restricted.

Mississippi defeated a similar measure last week by 58 percent.

In the Senate, the sponsor will be Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville – no surprise, given his pro-life reputation. In the House, the sponsor will be Rick Crawford of Cedartown.

Here’s the thing: Crawford is a Democrat.

“I’m from rural Georgia,” he said. “I have to be well in step, and people have to trust me to represent their interests. It’s not a surprise to anyone that I’m pro-life. This is a discussion that is appropriate for us to have.”

Crawford is currently teaching political science at Shorter College – the school that now requires all employees to foreswear pre-marital, adulterous or homosexual relationships. Crawford also once studied to be a pastor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. So the biography fits.

But the fact that the premier piece of anti-abortion legislation in the House will be carried by a member of the minority caucus clearly is a sign that the rift between House Republican leaders and Georgia Right to Life is still going strong.

With Bobby Franklin gone to his Maker, and James Mills now in the business of sending certain state prisoners to theirs, we may have a shortage of rank-and-file House GOP members willing to be caught in the crossfire.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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271 comments Add your comment

Reality Check

November 15th, 2011
4:08 pm

Pretty sad that House leadership isn’t conservative. Not just on the abortion issue but on just about everything.

honested

November 15th, 2011
4:12 pm

An early start to regain our well earned position as National Laughingstock!
Couldn’t we have let Mississippi retain this for a couple of years?

dixiesdemons

November 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

@ honested

“An early start to regain our well earned position as National Laughingstock! ”

We never lost it !!

AtticusFinch

November 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

I’ll believe these guys are serious about this when they say that starting at fertilization, Georgians can start counting the ‘person’ as a dependent for tax purposes.

xdog

November 15th, 2011
4:26 pm

Now if they’d only allow the fertilized egg to be considered a corporation, we could have deductions that didn’t pay taxes.

GRTL NRTL

November 15th, 2011
4:30 pm

By continuing to push this legislation, which may outlaw popular forms of birth control and will restrict in vitro fertilization, GRTL is actually hurting the anti-abortion cause. This extreme idea can’t even prevail in very heavily Republican and Conservative areas. A form of it even failed at the 2008 10th District Georgia Republican Convention, for example. I could care less whether GRTL makes common cause with a Democrat as one is about as influential as the other.

Bill Orvis White

November 15th, 2011
4:47 pm

I have been honored to meet both Mr. Loudermilk and conservative Democrat Mr. Crawford. Even though he’s misguided on his party affiliation, Mr. Crawford is more than right about promoting the rightful personhood amendment. I’m working and praying with good folk in all Southern states to get this on the fall 2012 ballot. With the Hussein Obama backlash that WILL happen, I’m confident that this important amendment WILL PASS!
Amen,
Bill

Smoke

November 15th, 2011
4:49 pm

#1: Now I understand that old Dixiecrat saying, ” We love our women barefoot and pregnant.”

GaBlue

November 15th, 2011
4:58 pm

Christ. Okay, HEAD’S UP, PEOPLE! The time to start watching the fetid clown car under the Gold Dome is NOW, so you can contact your representatives, let your feelings be known, and complain bitterly about their absurd behavior. Waiting five or six months to read the summary of what they friggin’ did THIS time around (**insert eye rollie icon**), and then whining about it, is pointless. It’s too late once the damage is done.

They behave like greed monkeys on crack because they think no one is watching. This year: let’s follow along and smack some hairy little hands and feet before they eat ALL the bananas, and stuff the leftover ones in our tailpipes.

Are you ready?

shoshanna

November 15th, 2011
5:18 pm

1858 – “the slave is not a person, but a thing.” Virginia Supreme Ct
1876 – “[women] are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” Canadian Charter
1881 – “an Indian is not a person within the meaning of the Constitution” American Law Review
1935 The Nueremberg Laws denied Jews the privileges of German citizenship, personhood and eventually humanity

1973 “(If the) suggestion of personhood is established, the case, of course collapses . . . “ Justice Harry Blackmum Roe v Wade

NUFF SAID?

quake

November 15th, 2011
5:32 pm

Nothing like Ga. elected officials to make those in Mississippi seem like a beacon of common sense and reasonableness.

Skyler Akins

November 15th, 2011
5:41 pm

Representative Crawford, my Representative, has co sponsored this bill every single year he has been in the General Assembly. The Democratic Party is diverse one, and while I [strongly] disagree with him on this issue, I am so very proud to have Rick Crawford represent me in the Georgia General Assembly. He is a true “Georgia Democrat” that can really teach the Republicans a thing or two about family values!

M

November 15th, 2011
5:56 pm

How many people are identical twins?

Centrist

November 15th, 2011
5:57 pm

Another impose a personal preference bill – Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, filed the proposal to reverse “In God We Trust” car sticker. He proposed the motto would be the default on any license plates manufactured after July 1 but motorists could buy a county decal sticker to cover it if they wanted.

Here is a good one: Drug-test parents who apply for federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine.

Tom

November 15th, 2011
6:09 pm

Bill Heath, a CAR TAG is a secular instrument issued by a secular government. As it is, Georgia drivers currently have the OPTION to change it into a billboard for their faith if they wish.

REQUIRING drivers to use it as a billboard for YOUR faith (and having to ‘opt out’ by purchasing an additional sticker) is unconstitutional.

Idiot.

Shankeysha

November 15th, 2011
6:13 pm

These are probably the same guys who tried to block our ability to buy a beer on Sunday. They lost that battle so they’ve moved on to this one.

Married for life

November 15th, 2011
6:16 pm

Once again, an attempt to make the unborn first-class citizens and the women bearing them second-class.

Bond

November 15th, 2011
6:17 pm

Maybe they’ll add a provision that requires a chip to be implanted near the point of conception so a loud buzzer will go off. Otherwise, the woman might commit manslaughter inadvertently.

Tom

November 15th, 2011
6:20 pm

God aborts embryos all day, every day. When are we going to bring Him/Her/It up on charges?

Gumby

November 15th, 2011
6:24 pm

A total waste of time for our elected officials but what else is new. Anyone remember the Sonny Perdue Go Fish Georgia waste of time and money legislation fiasco?

nelson

November 15th, 2011
6:30 pm

I do not know all that much about personhood, I prefer researching deep water harbors

docsbro

November 15th, 2011
6:31 pm

I have never understood why someone can’t be Pro-Life AND Pro- Choice… This is a decision that should be made by the woman and she has to “live” with the decision. If your God believes this is a sin then let Him(normally I would say Him/Her, but we know that these people would NEVER consider the idea of a higher power being a woman). We are not put on this earth to judge others, if YOU have faith that is great, then you believe God will “take care” of the sinners or what ever, that’s great. I don’t necessarily agree with abortion, but i also know that it is NOT MY decision.

Funny how the Republicans want less Government intervention in THEIR beliefs. Lets stop F’ing legislating everything and let people live their own lives.

No Longer Republican

November 15th, 2011
6:32 pm

Great to see our leaders so concerned with things that will really make a difference in the lives of everyday Georgians. It is SO IMPORTANT to me that my car tag says “In God We Trust” and that girls and women have absolutely no say as to what goes on inside their bodies. Will Georgia ever wake up? When we will ever be able to focus on the real problems in this state. These people make me so angry with the fight for right to life, but once that child is born to a mother who can’t support it, no help whatsoever because she made her choice. The people who fight so hard to limit the freedoms of women, offer absolutely NO HELP to those families after the child is born. So now you have a miserable mother, and a child with absolutely no hope of ever breaking the cycle.

No Longer Republican

November 15th, 2011
6:33 pm

good comment docsbro!

Tom

November 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

docsbro, your supposition is in error. There are, in fact, many people who feel the same way you do…and therefore are both anti-abortion (”Pro-Life” is a calculated misnomer) and pro-choice.

lynn

November 15th, 2011
6:43 pm

I have a better idea, start giving out free birthcontrol pills in homeroom every morning in our public high schools.

Bob

November 15th, 2011
6:46 pm

OK, so when does life start for all you pro choice people. Annswer that and then we can debate. Until then you are just wind in the air.

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
6:47 pm

So, if Georgia restricts my wife’s (and mine) right to in vitro fertilization, and that restriction is then later overturned by the Supreme Court (which it would), how much money will the great state of Georgia waste in paying me after the lawsuit? Why limit in vitro? What is the rationale behind that? Can someone explain that to me?

Bob

November 15th, 2011
6:49 pm

That Guy???? Where does it talk about invitro? Did I miss that?

yuzeyurbrane

November 15th, 2011
6:50 pm

I have always felt strongly that if we keep trying that Georgia can best Mississippi in everything.

That Guy

November 15th, 2011
6:51 pm

Second paragraph, last sentence.

Bob

November 15th, 2011
6:53 pm

AGAIN: yuzeyubrane and others, When doe slife start in your book>?

Married for life

November 15th, 2011
6:53 pm

Bob, read the article.

Bob

November 15th, 2011
6:55 pm

Fair enough, Give an old guy a break, 79 year old eyes are not the best. So when does Life begin?

Tom

November 15th, 2011
6:56 pm

Bob, both the sperm and the ovum are living specialized cells before fertilization. Sperm are produced (and die) continuously during most of a human male’s lifetime. Ova develop from primitive germ cells in the ovaries of all viviparous species. They are living cells prior to fertilization.

Guess we should criminalize menstruation and masturbation.

d'ep

November 15th, 2011
7:01 pm

Bob, when it can sustain its own without leeching off mine.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 15th, 2011
7:05 pm

The economy is in the toilet, revenues don’t meet spending budgets, and unemployment in Georgia is still at its highest in years.

Better ban abortion!

rudikkingme

November 15th, 2011
7:09 pm

“With Bobby Franklin gone to his Maker, and James Mills now in the business of sending certain state prisoners to theirs, we may have a shortage of rank-and-file House GOP members willing to be caught in the crossfire.”

I guess the glovesRoff.

rollingmyeyes

November 15th, 2011
7:19 pm

If this didn’t pass in Mississippi, it won’t pass here in GA. If they were smart enough to recognize the pandora’s box of issues that this kind of “personhood” law would open, I have no doubt the voters and constituents in GA will vehemently oppose it for the same reasons.

hiram bronson granbury

November 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

The CDC should investigate the cause of the reverse evolution taking place in Georgia. Particularly, in the vicinity of the state capitol. It may be the water supply, or something in the air, but it’s shrinking the brains of our legislators, and if not addressed, we could be buring witches next…

hiram bronson granbury

November 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

Bisnono

November 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

I’ve suffered through 3 devastating miscarriages – will I be investigated and charged with murder if such a bill becomes law? Losing my babies was horrible enough – do I also have to suffer the indignity that would result from passage of this bill???

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 15th, 2011
7:29 pm

hiram bronson granbury

November 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

The CDC should investigate the cause of the reverse evolution taking place in Georgia. Particularly, in the vicinity of the state capitol. It may be the water supply, or something in the air, but it’s shrinking the brains of our legislators, and if not addressed, we could be buring witches next…

Reactionary politicians are only the symptom. The citizens of Georgia are the disease.

Jack

November 15th, 2011
7:33 pm

I agree with lynn. But I’d also recommend grammar school.

ramguy68

November 15th, 2011
7:36 pm

Sponsoring legislation like this one and like the one that wants to put In God We Trust on our car tags doesn’t make you a christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. Nor does supporting such legislation.

Pro-Life? While Georgia Children Go To Bed Hungry Every Night

November 15th, 2011
7:36 pm

Mr. Crawford, how many children do you represent that go to bed hungry every night?

Your first concern should be those children who go hungry and stop worrying about the uterus of the women in Georgia.

You have a misplaced agenda. Shame on you.

Take care of the living and stop worrying about what has not happended!

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 15th, 2011
7:37 pm

This is all just proof that everyone’s a liberal. Hicks in Georgia (and other red states) are just liberals with a different outlook. They talk a good game about the importance of small government, but when it comes to gays and abortions, they will do whatever it takes to put a stop to it–regardless of the intrusion into peoples’ personal lives. Same story with handouts to corporations. There’s no such thing as a conservative in this country.

BOB

November 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

M

November 15th, 2011
5:56 pm

How many people are identical twins? ANS. – HALF OF THEM

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

November 15th, 2011
7:38 pm

I knew if it was nutty and untenable that Georgia legislators would rush to try to implement it.

Big Hat

November 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

Let’s see….ducks float…..wood floats……hmmmm…..I got it, Georgia, ducks are made of wood! Yeah, that’s the ticket, can I become Governor now? …And she’s a witch, burn her!