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