National Right To Life met this weekend to determine the future relationship between them and Georgia Right To Life.
That relationship ended today when NRTL chose Georgia Life Alliance as their affiliated pro-life organization in Georgia.
From a press release from NRTL posted over on the Political Insider blog over at the AJC:
“In short, by its own actions, Georgia Right to Life ruptured its relationship with National Right to Life.
National Right to Life and its affiliates seek to restore legal protection for all unborn children from the moment of their conception. Until the Supreme Court allows broad protections for unborn children, we work to protect as many children as possible by passing the strongest possible laws at the state and federal level. That legislative strategy has helped save millions of lives – and continues to save lives today.”
As we have mentioned before on Peach Pundit, Georgia Right To Life has sought to become the sole seal of approval for Republican candidates in the primary. Those who disagree, even by a small bit, are smeared and said to be anti-life because they don’t have the blessings of GRTL. Their pursuit of perfection has destined them to isolation from people who would agree and work to advance the cause.
Other conservative organizations who choose similar tactics should take heed.
“It’s a tragedy that a pioneering, highly successful pro-life organization is considered unworthy to remain affiliated with National Right to Life (NRLC),” Becker said. “It’s especially hard to understand, since GRTL has accomplished so much.”
NRLC voted today to replace GRTL’s membership with a newly-formed group that claims it can do a better job of carrying out NRLC’s goals and objectives.
Becker pointed out that NRLC’s stated mission is to: “…protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from beginning of life to natural death.”
“That’s virtually identical to GRTL’s mission statement,” Becker said. “From a policy standpoint, we’re on the same page.”
GRTL Vice President Mike Griffin noted that, “GRTL has been highly effective in carrying out NRLC’s mission by electing rock solid pro-life candidates and directing NRLC’s flagship legislative initiatives in Georgia: the Woman’s Right to Know Act and most recently, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Other national groups recognize Georgia’s premier pro-life status. Americans United for Life listed Georgia second in its 2013 “All Star” ranking, and has included the state in the top 15 “most protective” states since 2007—reaching as high as 8th.