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Personhood Alliance Officially Launched

Contact: Genevieve Wilson, Personhood Alliance, 770-339-6880
NORCROSS, Ga., Oct. 13, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Defending innocent human life—from earliest biological beginning through natural death—took a major step forward this weekend in launching Personhood Alliance (PA).

"This represents an earthquake in the pro-life movement," Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Daniel Becker said. "Personhood Alliance stresses a back to basics approach to speaking for those who can't speak for themselves at the state, national and international level."

Unlike what he called "outdated top down" groups, Becker said PA's agenda, strategies and activities will be determined by a confederation of state pro-life organizations and leaders.

"Many existing pro-life organizations are out of touch with their base and are more interested in winning elections than saving lives," Becker said. "Personhood Alliance will draw on the strength of local organizations in developing educational and political action strategies and activities."

Representatives from 15 states—from Florida to Alaska and California to New Hampshire—attended the founding convention in Duluth, GA which adopted the group's bylaws and elected delegates and alternates who will have their first meeting in early March.

Personhood Alliance is a Christ-centered organization that believes pursuing Personhood is essential to protecting innocent human life in the 21st century.

"Personhood Alliance's goal is to bring the movement back to its original mission," interim PA President Molly Smith said. "We will honor the fact that everyone is created in the image of God and deserves protection, regardless of manner of conception."

Convention speakers included: U.S. Rep. Paul C. Broun; GA Congressman-Elect Barry Loudermilk; Molly Smith, President Cleveland Right to Life; Rebecca Kiessling, founder of Save the 1; Catherine Davis with the National Black Pro-Life Coalition; Jake DeVantier of 2nd Vote; Ben DuPre, Chief of Staff to Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore; Pam Stenzel and Monica Kelsey of Living Exceptions; and Joshua Edmonds, GRTL Director of Education.

Becker noted that the concept of Personhood has received widespread policy support since the inception of the modern pro-life movement. It is only in recent years that the revival of personhood, as a strategy, has been seen. Many of today's pro-life organizations and leaders have come out in support of personhood as an immediate objective. A partial list of supporters can be found on personhood.net.

Jedi-Master Reproves Feckless Faith

by Daniel Becker

President Georgia Right to Life

“I can’t Mom . . . it’s just too hard! Please Mom . . . I tried, I CAN’T. PLEASE don’t make me”  

Parents around the world have heard this common refrain whenever Junior is asked to clean-up his room. What type of parent would say to Junior, “That’s OK Junior . . . just do what you can and we (parents) will have to accept that you tried.” In today’s climate of highly dysfunctional families, many might actually argue that this is good parenting. From the perspective of a father who has raised five well-adjusted children, who in turn, are successfully parenting twenty-six beautiful young people of their own—I say, “This is an anemic form of parenting which will plague our culture for generations to come.”

How often have we heard our “pro-life” politicians echo the cry of this petulant child? “Please don’t make me actual stand up and BE pro-life. Isn’t it enough that I have tried?” And we reply as the dysfunctional parent —“… if the legislative support for protecting babies before twenty weeks does not yet exist in a particular legislative body – if, in other words, the votes just aren’t there without adding a provision which will allow the killing of a certain class of child– then yes Junior, we can support that ban precisely because we know you are doing everything you can at the moment—your trying . . .”  

The zeitgeist of our age only requires that we “try”, not that we actually accomplish anything.  Catholic theologian G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting . . . it has been found difficult and not tried. “  Today the modern pro-life movement is approaching 42 years old. 40+ years have passed and all we have to show is a Partial Birth Abortion Ban that admittedly doesn’t save a single life. Our “room” is not only NOT clean, but there is in fact, no credible plan on making it so.  What the movement is asserting is that “in today’s political climate it is impossible to expect any more.” This has become an excuse for not trying.  

Doing the impossible by faith is what God requires of all His disciples in order to please Him. Jesus taught His disciples that it is also the WAY in which we present our requests that make a difference.

"And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Luke 11:5-10

WE need more biblical IMPUDENCE in the prolife movement today. This requires that we must first visualize what God intends to do in a situation and then act in harmony with it.  When applied to the political realm it means, we, as the 21st century prolife movement, must be willing to require a higher standard than what has been seen these last 40 years and expect God to “show Himself strong” on behalf of His cause. Our part must be to require the biblical standard found in Dt 24:16. “NO child must ever be put to death for the crimes of its father.”  

Whenever I talk with Rebecca Kiessling, a mother of five who was herself conceived in rape,  I am reminded that allowing a “rape exception” in a piece of legislation allows for someone to die with our blessing . . . the excuse being given that . . . we tried and just can’t save all.  Here is the kicker, “What if you could save all? But you just didn’t ask . . . impudently (as Jesus defined it)?” “What if there are examples of states ‘asking’ and successfully saving all?” Michigan and Georgia are the only two states nationally who have no “rape and incest exceptions” in their law and other states have recently made the switch as well (TN, AK, NH, and OH) If it CAN be done anywhere then it needs to be done everywhere! The excuse “We tried”—just won’t cut it.

For those of us in the personhood branch of the pro-life movement, we can imagine scenarios which deliver only a partial victory. In fact, almost all legislation outside of a personhood amendment at a national constitutional level, would fall into this category. We are NOT ALL OR NOTHING as many of our critics are charging. We, like Oliver Twist, are simply saying to our political taskmasters, “Might we have more?”

Perhaps if the current pro-life leadership discounts our Lord’s words, maybe they can receive it from a Jedi master—Yoda, when admonishing HIS disciple Luke Skywalker,



YODA:  “Always with you it cannot be done. Do you . . . nothing that I say? You must UN-learn what you have learned. 

 LUKE SKYWALKER: “Alright I’ll give it a try.”


                “Try NOT!”

                                “DO or DO NOT . . .  there is NO TRY!”

Applied to our current political climate the pro-life movement cannot afford to use the excuse “We tried . . . “ as a pillow to cushion  our backside from the righteous rod of God’s reproof against compromising His standards”, but rather as a pillow to rest our heads upon when a lesser goal was achieved even though we aggressively held a true and biblical standard—and in the end evil has temporarily triumphed.

feck·less (?fekl?s/) adjective: feckless

    lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.

    "a feckless mama's boy"

    synonyms:      useless, worthless, incompetent, inept, good-for-nothing, no account

We are reminded that our true master Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men."



New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Mt 5:13). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.


National Personhood Alliance Names President

Contact: Genevieve Wilson, 770-339-6880
NORCROSS, Georgia, July 18, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- National Personhood Alliance (NPA) Founder, Dan Becker, has announced that Molly Smith (photo), President of Cleveland Right to Life (CRL), has been named president of the newly formed organization.
"Molly has a distinguished record of pro-life accomplishments in Cleveland and throughout Ohio," Becker said. "Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable to efforts at NPA."
Smith said, "I am honored to be given this opportunity and pray that God will guide us as we work to return the national pro-life movement back to its roots which acknowledges that all life, not just some, is created in His image."
The National Personhood Alliance (NPA) is a confederation of faith-based, pro-life organizations and leaders who believe pursuing Personhood is essential to protecting all innocent human beings in the 21st century.
Smith said, "The general consensus of many in the movement is that there is a need to get back to basics; to the principles that the pro-life mission was originally founded upon, a strategy to end the disregard for innocent human life.
"There has been an overwhelming call from many within the movement to form a new national pro-life group which will represent our voice on Capitol Hill."
"In addition," Becker said, "NPA will also focus on a broader range of issues, including end of life issues which are becoming more critical every day. We're excited about Molly taking the helm of the new organization and the energy it will bring to the pro-life movement."
The new organization will be officially formed at the Founders Convention to be held in Atlanta, GA on October 10th and 11th. Representatives of existing pro-life organizations and leaders from across the country are invited.
Attendees who affirm the founding charter will begin the process of electing a national board of directors representing each state.
"Registration has started," Smith added, "We are pleased to invite pro-life leaders and activists from around the nation to be a part of the Congress of States for the National Personhood Alliance (NPA) Founders Convention."
Washington Times Columnist and radio talk show host Steve Deace said: "The issue of life is the defining moral issue of the age. It is the most important God-given right of them all. Sectors of our movement have devolved to an industry, or have chosen to play partisan political games with an innocent life.
"God doesn't love a child any less because of how they were conceived, and neither should we. Let's get back to making the main thing the main thing. And the main thing is this--all life is sacred. Always."

Georgia Right to Life Responds to Call for New National Pro-life Group


Contact:  Genevieve Wilson, Georgia Right to Life (770) 339-6880

                  Molly Smith, Cleveland Right to Life           (440) 668-4049


NORCROSS, Ga., June 16, 2014—Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Daniel Becker today announced the formation of a new national pro-life organization, the National Personhood Alliance (NPA), a confederation of faith-based, pro-life organizations and leaders who believe pursuing Personhood is essential to protecting all innocent human beings in the 21st century.

“The focus of NPA will differ from most national pro-life groups,” Becker said. “The general consensus of many in the movement is that it’s time for a fresh strategy for ending the disregard for innocent human life. We intend to be ‘standard-bearers’ as opposed to ‘king-makers’. This will require the application, politically and legislatively, of a higher standard than is currently embraced by most national pro-life groups today.”

Becker said, “There has been an overwhelming call from many within the movement to form a new national pro-life group which will represent us on Capitol Hill.”

The new organization will be officially formed at a convention to be held in Atlanta, GA on October 10th and 11th. Representatives of existing pro-life organizations and leaders from across the country are invited. Attendees who affirm the founding charter will begin the process of electing a national board of directors representing each state.

“The pro-life movement is more than 40 years old,” Becker said. “From its inception in the late 1960’s, the focus has primarily been on ending abortion. Our concern must be expanded to encompass the dignity and value of each human being at any developmental stage through natural death.

"To achieve that goal, we must ensure that our strategies are consistent with our policies and objectives. Compromise is not possible. This is not like roads or highways or agricultural subsidies; when we compromise - someone dies."

Keith Mason, Personhood USA President: "Personhood USA looks forward to working with emerging groups like the National Personhood Alliance who share our commitment to never compromise on the lives of pre-born babies."

Other groups, such as Cleveland, OH Right to Life (CRL) have pledged their support for the new organization.

“GRTL has helped lead the way with a winning pro-life strategy for the 21st century,” said Molly Smith, CRL President. “This strategy will help restore the family and finally bring an end to destructive practices that devalue and destroy human life. Our organization is excited to become a charter member of NPA and bring America back to life by restoring first principles.”

Becker noted that, “Georgia has proven that pro-life groups don’t have to compromise when it comes to electing pro-life officials or enacting life-saving laws."

Since 2005, Georgia’s pro-life legislators have enacted eight major life-affirming laws. Georgia is one of only two states in the nation which have not encased “rape & incest” exceptions into its legal code.

In addition, Georgia is the only state where all eight statewide constitutional officers have affirmed their refusal to support rape and incest exceptions in any public policy or legislation.

 “NPA, which is supported by many national leaders, will provide guidance and assistance in helping other states implement these proven strategies,” Becker said. “It’s time to bring our nation back to life.”

For information regarding participating as a founding delegate in the initial NPA convention see www.personhood.net.