This’ll be fun to watch. But truth be told, while I commend the zeal on this issue, I’m not a fan of pushing legislation that will undoubtedly be ruled unconstitutional.
State Rep. Martin Scott was a fourth-grader listening to the radio when he heard about abortion and asked his grandmother how to prevent it.
She told him only politicians could, so he quietly decided then to run for office. Now the 36-year-old, second-term Republican from Rossville on the Tennessee line is ready to act, sponsoring an amendment to the state constitution that would outlaw abortion, euthanasia, cloning and embryonic stem-cell research.
He introduced it late in the last session, and says that the new members of the U.S. Supreme Court make the timing ideal for passage of a state measure.
Patterned after the Human Life Amendment that has stalled in Congress for three decades, House Resolution 536 would define life as beginning at conception, granting the same legal status to an embryo as any adult.
I think the better approach would be to draft an amendment to the Georgia Constitution outlawing euthanasia, cloning, and embryonic stem-cell research and another amendment that would, on abortion, do nothing except state that should the U.S. Supreme Court ever decide that abortion is a non-constitutional issue, sending it back to the states, that the Georgia Courts shall be prevented from interpreting into the Georgia Constitution any abortion rights.
Let the legislative leaders decide the issue. God knows I’m prolife, but this issue tires me and, like Boortz, it’s not something I tend to discuss or debate.
I’ll just point out to my pro-life all or nothing friends that Judge Bork himself has said repeatedly that had the pro-life community been willing to accept a constitutional amendment to let each state decide the issue for itself, we’d not be in the situation we’re in now. But the all or nothings wanted to use the federal constitution to prohibit abortion instead of letting federalism works its magic.
The rest is history.