Georgia Right to Life is praising a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court while hoping for a personhood constitutional amendment in Georgia. Last week, the Alabama court ruled that both “born” and “preborn” children are protected under Alabama’s “chemical endangerment” statute. Although the statute doesn’t mention “preborn” children, the court ruled the “plain meaning” of the word “child” includes both “born” and “preborn” children.
The case stemmed from an appeal in a case in which a woman admitted to smoking methamphetamine three days before her baby was born. The child was born at 25 weeks and died minutes later.
According to Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker, “this is the first time since Roe was decided in 1973 that a court has granted personhood status to the ‘preborn.’”
Sixty-six percent of Republican primary voters expressed a desire to place a personhood amendment in front of all Georgia voters. In addition, 78 of the 90 pro-life candidates endorsed by Georgia Right to Life won their elections.
The ballot measure can be placed before voters only by the state legislature. Becker expressed hope in the outcome, saying, “I am greatly encouraged that Georgia, which has proven to be pro-life, will now grant the same protection to our innocent children.”
Georgia Right to Life “promotes respect and effective legal protection for all innocent human life from its earliest biological beginning through natural death. GRTL is one of a number of organizations that have adopted Personhood as the most effective prolife strategy for the 21st century.”