A shift to grassroots tactics for Georgia Right to Life

Georgia Right to Life, the state’s most active anti-abortion group, announced this afternoon that Mike Griffin, the group’s lobbyist at the state Capitol for the last four years, has been named GRTL’s field director.

From the press release:

In his new role, Griffin is available to educate legislators and prolife advocates around the state about GRTL’s effort “Personhood–the Paramount Right to Life”.

The program’s ultimate goal is to adopt an amendment to the state’s constitution which would affirm that a “paramount right to life” is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death.

“Mike is a dedicated, inspirational advocate for protecting the sanctity of human life,” said Daniel Becker, GRTL president. “He will bring added passion to encouraging our grassroots supporters to join our efforts.”

Griffin has turned many Republican lawmakers off with his bare-knuckled, sometimes confrontational approach to pushing GRTL-endorsed legislation.

House Republican leaders in particular have crossed swords with Griffin and the group he respresents. Which is why, in the House, GRTL’s proposed “personhood” amendment – which would give fertilized eggs legal protection as fully endowed human beings – is being carried by Democrat Rick Crawford of Cedartown.

But the re-assignment of Griffin sounds more like a shift toward improved grassroots tactics than an attempt to improve relations with GOP lawmakers. And if members of the General Assembly don’t like to see a button-holing Griffin outside their chambers – they certainly aren’t going to want to see him in their districts.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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69 comments Add your comment

Concerned Citizen

November 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

About time someone held these guys accountable!!! Good move.

Mrs. PACman

November 21st, 2011
5:00 pm

Wonderful news for the unborn in GA. Hopefully Mike will make it to my district where my House Rep isn’t pro-life, yet represents one of the most pro-life districts in our state and we are neighbors to a district with a House Rep that claims to be pro-life but does NOTHING to move pro-life legislation forward.

JB

November 21st, 2011
5:11 pm

Does this mean they will be eligible for welfare and can be claimed as a tax deduction

Aquagirl

November 21st, 2011
5:17 pm

Watch these saps shell out bucks to GRTL so Mr. Griffin can speechify and wear his sackcloth and ashes.

Road Scholar

November 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

Between guns and abortion (Death and life) can’t they find other stuff to waste time on…I mean there are no other important topics that touch EVERY Georgian’s everyday life are there? (Hint: economy, transportation, water, jobs, ETHICS, etc.) Focus.. just focus on the items under Hint- when you solve these then you can get back to abortion, guns and the corporate breaks .

CobbGOPer

November 21st, 2011
5:19 pm

I wish these pro-lifers would be as enthusiastic and active for tax reform as they are for their single-issue personhood BS that is so flawed they can’t even get a GOP legislator to sponsor it. Unfortunately they only care about issues easily discussed from the pulpit.

Reason

November 21st, 2011
5:24 pm

religious zealot nut jobs akin to afghan terrorists.

sheepdawg

November 21st, 2011
5:26 pm

Shine

November 21st, 2011
5:30 pm

This will create jobs?

catlady

November 21st, 2011
5:42 pm

Well, creates jobs for daycare workers and pediatricians. Also, DFCS workers and abuse counselors.

td

November 21st, 2011
5:43 pm

CobbGOPer

November 21st, 2011
5:19 pm

Do you really think Religious people only believe in one issue? Do you really believe that they would vote for a pro life democrat that believed in gay marriage, pro single parenthood and government control over the economy?

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
5:44 pm

AT Reason:
A more accurate comparison would be the Taliban. I’m waiting for the religious zealots to require their women to wear berkas, and for them to stand on the corner and beat them with sticks for making eye contact with anyone. With modern technology, really stupid people gained access to other really stupid people, and have set the country back a thousand years.

Cobbian

November 21st, 2011
5:46 pm

I have to hope the Republicans can keep sane on this issue. It didn’t even pass in Mississippi! And for good reason – there are more holes in the idea of “personhood” for the fertilized egg than in a million slices of swiss cheese. Those of you who think this is a good idea need to search around on the web for the problems with “personhood” legislation – even the Catholic Church wouldn’t support it and they are about as anti-abortion as it is possible to be.

The majority of people in poll after poll want abortion legal in most or all cases. Those wanting an absolute ban on abortion cannot seem to get much more than 22%-23%. There is a reason for this. We cannot anticipate all the cases where a choice needs to be available to a woman and her family. And, as a Cathlic woman in Mississippi put it, she did not want the government getting involved in decisions that are between a doctor and a patient. She didn’t like abortion, but found the idea of government interference a real problem.

Trolls Bane

November 21st, 2011
5:47 pm

Hmph … and so the campaign strategy for the 2012 election begins to be revealed. This cynical admendment is a cynical play to drive the rethug base to the polls and attempt to guarantee a win for a repug presidential candidate.

This is nothing more than a play to energize the fanatics!

Aquagirl

November 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

I have to hope the Republicans can keep sane on this issue.

I have to hope you handle disappointment well.

Centrist

November 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

While I don’t agree with this right wing effort – why the name calling from three of you already?

It probably isn’t going anywhere any more than those on the left want the Justice Department to force re-districting to favor Democrats and the anti-ILLEGAL immigration law to go away.

How about more civil discourse.

candi

November 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

Most of our legislature belongs in the 19th century. When most Georgians want to focus on jobs and the economy, the legislature involves itself in this crap.

DJ Sniper

November 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

Christ on a stick, these anti-abortion nutjobs just will not quit. If they choose to oppose abortion on a personal level, then that’s fine, but stop trying to dictate to everybody else. There are situations where an abortion may be absolutely necessary. People like probably think that “the Lord will guide the way” for a woman who has life threatening complications or a woman who got pregnant as the result of a rape.

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

The Republicans are toast in 2012. Rumor is that Ron Paul, who isn’t running for congress, is going to run as an independent. Anyone remember George Wallace, Ross Perot, or Ralph Nader?

Shaquilla

November 21st, 2011
6:03 pm

These are the same holy roller fools who tried to stop us from buying beer in the grocery on Sunday (er, the ‘Sabbath’). Screw them.

clem

November 21st, 2011
6:06 pm

repubs combining pro life with putting kids to work in schools (newts view)…

you can’t make these things up

td

November 21st, 2011
6:10 pm

DJ Sniper

November 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

It is no worse then the left trying to enforce there gay agenda on the conservatives. There is a culture war going on in this country for the hearts and souls of the American public. The far right has an agenda and the far left has just as an aggressive agenda as the right. Right now the country is divided with about 40% on each side and the remaining 20% on one side on some issues and the other side on other issues. When we make up our mind which direction we are going to go as a country then some of this will stop. Not beforehand.

td

November 21st, 2011
6:14 pm

clem

November 21st, 2011
6:06 pm
repubs combining pro life with putting kids to work in schools (newts view)…

you can’t make these things up

If you listened to the entire comment Newt made (instead of the MSNBC version) then you would have heard Newt say that having a main janitor at each HS and then hiring the kids would save money, put a little spending money in the hands of the kids and instill a pride in the school. We had this when I attended HS in Cobb county in the early 80’s (it was called the clean team). There were more kids wanting the jobs then there were jobs so the administration could hold good grades and good behavior over the kids to keep the jobs. Great idea.

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

AT Shaquilla
They are lemmings, who get their marching orders from the thousands of strutting, snake handling preachers, who all share the same play book, eg., one man, one woman, bla,bla,bla…

cartoon

November 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

There have been fifty some odd millions abortions since Roe. Maybe more.

Not good.

td

November 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

I am on these blogs day after day and there is one common myth that very clear from the postings. It is the left that is intolerant and not the right and it is the left that refuses to have servility with anyone that disagrees with them. This is what happens when we as a society promotes an entitlement mentality. It creates a narcissistic personality.

td

November 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

So, what should be our acceptable standards of behavior in our society?

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

AT td
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.– Mark Twain (1835-1910) …

VOL

November 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

Maybe the failure to focus on the culture has gotten us into this mess. Certainly the attitude that everyone, except yourself, is supposed to take care of life’s most pressing need for you is a cultural issue. The biggest problem in this country is that people insist on consuming more than they produce or are willing to pay in taxes. You cannot seperate the culture from the economics! Europe is finally saying no to the socialists. Can’t the lefties, who always promote the Europena model, figure out that there belief system is a failure? Is it at all pssible they can so we can avoid what Europe has done for the last 50 years and move on having learned from their expereince? After all they are the really smart ones. More taxes, more welfare, more abortions, making Sanduskyism normal and on and on and on. Maybel liberals do believe in American exceptionaliam. They’ve got it in their heads that after Asia and Europe failed at this that we the Americans will show you how!

pierre gustave toutant beauregard

November 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

I can remember when only people of above average intellect had the ability to use computers. Ted kaczynski may have been on to something…

MattMD

November 21st, 2011
6:33 pm

td- I think you meant “civility” instead of “servility”. The word your used is defined as submissiveness, which means the context that you used the word in is an absolute contradiction.

Instead of spending your time on these blogs day after day (as you state) you might want to finish your GED. I’ll even pay for the test.

Toby

November 21st, 2011
6:34 pm

The ‘pro-life’ idea is based on mythology. Veganism is truly good: veganism truly respects conscious life and everyone should be vegan. Abortion is a woman’s right in the US & should be because the well-being of the would-be mother is more important than the potential well-being of the embryo… if someone is growing in you, you have the right to self-defense.

ab

November 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

Yea! TD is tollerant, just not to gay people.

DJ Sniper

November 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

Another day, another standard talking point. The gay people that I know don’t have any interest whatsoever in promoting any sort of “gay agenda.” All they want is to not be treated like second class citizens. Disagreeing with homosexuality is all fine and dandy, but I don’t agree with treating gays like sub-humans or anything like that. Let some people tell it *cough* Rick Santorum *cough*, gays are responsible for all the ills of the world. People like him think that allowing them to marry will cause the decline of Western civilization and all that jazz. He seems to be extremely focused on this issue. Me thinks he doth protest too much.

Back to this blog topic: I don’t have a problem with someone simply saying “I’m opposed to abortion.” That is A-OK. What I have a problem with is people who pretty much say “I’m opposed to abortion, and you should be too!” IMHO, abortion is a choice that should be left to one person, and one person only: The woman who is thinking abouth having one.

Alabama Communist

November 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

More Breaking News On Hard Charging Right To Life Republican Boss…A Spokensperson for PETA said today” We are thrilled to death that the new Boss is defending Turkey Eggs for this coming Thursday”

Katz P Ajamas

November 21st, 2011
7:19 pm

It’s a religious issue. Not everyone believes that life begins at conception and govt workser have no business pandering to any religious group… be it for sharia or some christian sects law.

detritusUSA

November 21st, 2011
7:31 pm

Yep, no abortions. Have that kid, life is sacred. Sacred unless you want me to pay tax money to feed, house, and clothe the kid. You know, personal responsibility. I ask you this GRTL, what’s more important, the life of a child or your pocket book?

td

November 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

detritusUSA

November 21st, 2011
7:31 pm

How about a little personal responsibility and not spread your legs or place something into the moist middle unless you use the proper protection? Would that not solve the abortion problem?

td

November 21st, 2011
7:55 pm

DJ Sniper

November 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

How are gays treated like second class citizens? By not being able to marry? Marriage has always been a religious issue and for gays to try to impose themselves on marriage is them forcing their agenda onto religious people. The same goes when they want to force their lifestyle choice as an acceptable alternative by forcing the schools to add it to the education curriculum. Is this not the same as religious people wanting to teach the bible in the classroom?

jconservative

November 21st, 2011
7:55 pm

Whatever the state passes must deal with the following:

“Amendment 14 –
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

As Justice Scalia has noted on several occasions, people in the United States think a person is someone who is walking around and talking and acting like a real person.

td

November 21st, 2011
7:57 pm

ab

November 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

Do I come on these boards and state that being gay is an abomination? Do I come on there boards and say gay people are zealots or nutcases? I do not agree with their agenda or their lifestyle but I do not come on here and call names.

GaBlue

November 21st, 2011
7:59 pm

This proposed “personhood” amendment business is a crock of poo. Republican legislators will embrace it because they want us to be arguing heatedly over this nonsense so we won’t watch how they pick the taxpayers’ pockets to put more cash in the pockets of their friends, and feather their own nests at our expense.

DeborahinAthens

November 21st, 2011
8:02 pm

Religious right-wing Republicans have always had a social agenda that includes getting rid of abortion rights as well as getting rid of Social Security. George W. bush ran on that platform and won because the Bible thumpers turned out in massive numbers. Gotta love ‘em! I think that there is an overpowering urge among these people to make certain that girls and women are punished for having sex. Living with a fetus inside of you for nine months, then having to take care of a child for eighteen years is their idea of a sentence for enjoying sex. Never mind if you were raped, you deserve to be punished because you most likely deserved it. This is one of the Taliban’s reasons for making women wear burkas. If a man is stimulated by seeing a woman’s arm or leg,it’s the
woman’s fault. Bad woman! Then there seems to be a bunch of religious nuts that just honestly
believe we should still “go forth and multiply.”. Yesterday, I saw a couple in the store, in their
church- going regalia that had five children. They were like wild animals, and the parents were
doing nothing to control them. Those are five little terrors the world would most likely be better off
without.

lawdawg

November 21st, 2011
8:04 pm

The consensus here seems to be that life begins when it is convenient for the mother. Any one who holds a contrary opinion is a “religious nutjob,” who wants to install “sharia” law.

A dad

November 21st, 2011
8:06 pm

Right to life is a very challenging issue. Regardless of whether you believe in God, a soul, etc., I think everyone can accept that when an egg becomes fertilized, there is a truly unique, never seen before or since, DNA sequence. Whether that fertilized egg survives all the hazards of developing into an embryo, a fetus, and an eventual birth is not the issue. The issue is how many Mandela’s, Mother Teresa’s, MLK’s, Salks, etc., have we destroyed, i.e., aborted, in the name of reproductive freedom, choice, etc. With birth control so widespread and easy to obtain, from condoms to foams to the pill, what does our destorying unique DNA sequences, i.e., lives, say about our society? That we can’t spend a few minutes preventing conception in the name of choice.

MattMD

November 21st, 2011
8:30 pm

lawdawg–

I think the vast majority of the population is content with leaving the law as it stands. I for one don’t give a crap about arguing “where life begins” or other flowery, nebulous crap.

And yes, anybody advocating that a rapidly dividing cell mass has all the rights of a human being is indeed a religious nutjob.

Go play somewhere else, son.

Buckhead Boy

November 21st, 2011
8:39 pm

When we have adequately addressed the myriad problems associated with unwanted and distressed children, the luxury of an academic debate on facilitating more such children might make sense. But, until then … .

td

November 21st, 2011
8:55 pm

MattMD

November 21st, 2011
8:30 pm

How do you know when life begins? Are you god? I think not. If people do not want to have children then they need to stop the act that creates life (or at the very least be responsible and have protection). If you chose to play the game then you have to be willing to pay the price. We are not animals we should be able to make a responsible decision.

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GaBlue

November 21st, 2011
9:40 pm

Living, breathing, fully-formed human beings don’t even have rights anymore!! What, are they going to give FETUSES the right to assemble and protest peacefully without being sprayed in the face with chemical weapons by uniformed gubmint-payroll THUGS?

Yeah, right.