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GA Republicans vote 'yes' on fetal personhood amendment, early results show

GA Republicans vote 'yes' on fetal personhood amendment, early results show

It appears that Georgia's Republicans have voted "yes" on a non-binding personhood amendment in the state's July 31 primary.

With 150 of 159 counties reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State's office shows that 65.81 percent voted for the non-binding amendment and 34.19 percent rejected it. {Editorial Update — with 153 precincts reporting, the "yes" votes are still winning, with 65.70 percent.}

The non-binding "Life Amendment" reads,

Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?"

voting results

As we've previously reported, Georgia Right to Life (which is behind the amendment) claimed that contraceptives not considered to be abortifacients would not be banned under legislation written to enact the Life Amendment, but said that RU 486 (the morning after pill) and the IUD would become illegal should the Life Amendment become law.

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a form of birth control; it is an object placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. IUDs with hormones operate much like regular birth control pills.

Georgia Right to Life is a faith-based group that believes that "a human person is sacred by virtue of the fact that we are created in the image of a personal benevolent God" and seeks to "restore respect and effective legal protection for all human beings from the moment of fertilization until natural death."

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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    This just goes to show just how ignorant the Republicans/Religious Reich is about women's health. I wonder if they feel a draft in Georgia, because their self-imposed ignorance, along with their desire to control women like children, is making their behinds show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133545466 Evelyn Smith Doherty

    Just a way for the "Fetus Squad" to circumvent Roe v Wade. It will be challenged. My state, Mississippi, which happens to be the poorest, reddest state in the nation, didn't pass this last year. Unfortunately, our governor and his minions decided to try and pass it anyway. They failed. I'm not pro-abortion, but I fell my medical decisions are to be decided by me and my doctor. For politicians and religious freaks to try and pass laws such as this, because they think they know better, really makes me angry. Besides, from the way they cut funds to programs that benefit poor children, they could care less about these babies after they are born.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550070453 Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

    Evelyn: I think I can safely say, no matter what the fetus squad would like the public to think, Pro-choice folks are not pro-abortion. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550070453 Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

    Evelyn: I think I can safely say, no matter what the fetus squad would like the public to think, Pro-choice folks are not pro-abortion. :)

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