LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., July 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- Forbes magazine recently released a list which ranked Georgia's Forsyth County as the 2nd best place in the nation to live "and get ahead." "If the pre-born could vote," said Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life, "I know they would agree."
Becker is referring to the outcome of a non-binding referendum on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 that allowed the voters of the 8th fastest growing county in the nation to express their opinion on the following question, "Do you support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the moment of fertilization until a natural death?" Sixty-four percent approved this Human Life resolution. "This vote confirms our polling that 57% of all Georgians believe that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned" says Becker, "and sends a strong message to our legislature that the voters expect to see pre-born persons protected by law under our state Constitution."
In 2007, House Rep. Martin Scott introduced H. R. 536 which would define all human beings from fertilization until natural death as persons and therefore protected under law. Georgia's Human Life Amendment was blocked by Republican House Speaker Glenn Richardson and failed to pass out of the House Judicial Committee in 2008, effectively thwarting the opportunity for Georgians to vote on H.R. 536 this fall. "Sixty-four percent of the vote in a large urban, metro county like Forsyth should be viewed as a mandate from the people," says Becker. "If our lawmakers needed a wake-up call, this is it!"
Data fact sheet: Forsyth County http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/13117.html
Ranked 2nd highest median income in the state
Fastest growing county in Georgia
Eight fastest growing county in the U.S.
Date of Incorporation: December 3, 1832
Form of Government: Commission-County Manager
Total Area in Square Miles: 247
2007 Population (source: U.S. Census Bureau): 158,914
Historic Population (source: U.S. Census Bureau):
1990 – 44,083
2000 – 98,407
2005 – 140,393
2006 – 150,914
2007 – 158,914
Population Growth Ranking: July 1, 2000 – July 1, 2007 -- 97.95% (391st to 8th) (source: U.S. Census Bureau):