Even some insiders at the state Capitol may not know that, for the past two years, the leadership of the Republican-controlled House and significant elements of the pro-life community have not been on speaking terms.
At issue has been the anti-abortion movement’s effort to define human embryos as individuals worthy of the protection offered by the state constitution. Each year, the House has balked.
The issue is directly linked with embryonic stem cell research in Georgia, and attempts to expand the bio-tech industry in the state.
Frustration with Speaker Glenn Richardson became intense and personal – despite the Legislature’s passage of other anti-abortion measures, including one that required physicians to offer sonograms to women seeking abortions.
Richardson was pro-life in a generic sense, said Mike Griffin of Hartwell, legislative director and lobbyist for Georgia Right to Life. “But he wasn’t ‘USDA choice’