Georgia Right to Life Supports National Personhood Declaration

Contact: Daniel Becker, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Calling for a united effort to protect the pre-born, the elderly and the infirm, Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker has joined pro-life leaders across the country in signing a "Declaration of Dependence." This document re-affirms that personhood is the policy objective of our movement.

"It's time for all pro-life supporters to get back to first principles, the principles our nation and our pro-life movement was founded upon," Becker said. "Signing this document affirms that our mission is based on the word of God and our goal is constitutionally protecting all innocent human life regardless of a person's manner of conception."

The declaration asserts our nation's "...prevalent and callous disregard for innocent human life indicates that America has, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, 'forgotten God.'" "As a faith-based organization we are pleased to see the religious foundation restored to the pro-life movement and its insistence to defend all innocent human life," said Becker.

It adds: "Whenever a culture accepts the idea that the lives of some human beings are inferior and thus, disposable, it has embarked upon a dangerous journey that inevitably launches that nation upon the path to other human rights violations." Claiming the devaluation of human life began with legalizing abortion, the document says that decision "…opened the door for the societal acceptance of euthanasia, assisted suicide, human cloning, embryonic and fetal experiments, and other serious practices…" GRTL is particularly concerned that the elderly infirm will also be targeted under the new healthcare guidelines, as their utility to society is diminished in the eyes of some.

Becker said, "While the goal is amending the U.S. Constitution, several states, including Georgia, are attempting to establish personhood protection in their state constitutions. This is needed to protect our current pro-life laws."

"We will continue to work at the state level until we achieve the ultimate victory of protecting innocent human life nationwide," Becker added. GRTL is supporting the call for a personhood amendment to the Georgia Constitution currently before the state legislature which will encase the "right to life" as the paramount right in Georgia.

Other signers at a national level, include: Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Director of African-American Outreach; radio talk show host Steve Deace; Lila Rose; Thomas Glessner, founder and president of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA); Rev. Walter Hoye, founder and president of the Issues4life Foundation; Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Alan Parker of the Justice Foundation.

The declaration states those who sign "...stand in unity to assert a firm, foundational and unwavering belief in the sanctity of human life and the legal personhood of all human beings."

Georgia Right to Life promotes respect and effective legal protection for all innocent human life from earliest biological beginning through natural death. GRTL is one of a number of organizations that have adopted Personhood as the most effective pro-life strategy for the 21st century.