One News Now, June 22, 2012 by Charlie Butts
Republican voters in Georgia will be voting next month on a definition of personhood that will be on the ballot in 159 counties.
The election is set for July 31st, although early voting begins on the 9th.
Suzanne Ward of Georgia Right to Life gives more information on the amendment.
“The 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,'” she tells OneNewsNow.
The purpose of placing the issue on the ballot is to solicit public opinion on an issue that has not passed in the legislature.
“Well, it’s not a binding vote but it is going to send a very important message to our legislators that Georgia is pro-life, [and] that Georgia supports defending all life at every level,” Ward says.
And it will send a message to lawmakers on the degree of public support for placing a constitutional amendment to protect life on the ballot.
“This is the straw poll that will kind of gauge that. It’s a proving ground, if you will, and we’re on a push now to educate our voters and get them to the polls,” Ward explains. “Approximately 35,000 preborn children are killed each year in Georgia through abortion, and the total nationwide is reaching 56,000,000.”