Thursday, February 21, 2008

Georgia House Panel Kills Personhood Bill Protecting Unborn on Abortion

"A state legislative committee in Georgia voted 4-3 on Wednesday to kill a personhood bill that would establish legal rights for unborn children starting at conception. The bill had the backing of Georgia Right to Life and numerous state legislators who hoped it could be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.

HR 536 was the “Paramount Right to Life” amendment that would extend constitutional protection to unborn children “from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency.”

Committee chairman Ed Lindsey ultimately called for tabling the bill after seven hours of debate lasting two days because he was concerned about legal issues resulting from it.

“This proposed constitutional amendment seeks to make a direct attack on Roe v. Wade. In fact, however, the overwhelming evidence is that such an attack through this type of constitutional amendment will in all likelihood fail," he said."

Why not let the bill be voted on? Given the number of hours of debate, it would seem there is interest in the bill.

I would think if such a bill would pass, and abortion is outlawed in Georgia, other states would follow suit by their precedence. It would mean the end of Roe v Wade, with states' rights trumping federal law. This is what the pro-death crowd fears the most.