Friday, February 29, 2008

Margaret Sanger, Glenn Richardson, Autumn Kersey , Georgia and Idaho – What Do They Have in Common?

This week I received an article that detailed a UCLA student’s findings when she investigated seven Planned Parenthood clinics regarding donations they would find acceptable. Specifically, these clinics were asked about accepting donations that were earmarked to kill black babies. In each of seven conversations, the alleged donor stated that he wanted his money to be given to kill black babies so his child could be assured a place in a college when it was time for him to go. You read right, the gentleman stated he wanted to give money to kill black babies because “the less black kids out there the better” and in one of the conversations, Autumn Kersey, Director of Development of Idaho Planned Parenthood, stated that sentiment was “understandable”. She went on to state she sounded hesitant because “this is the first time I had a donor call and make this kind of request and I am excited and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.” She actually stated she was excited that this person wanted to kill black babies! Go to You Tube and hear it for yourself!

If anyone thinks this type of racism/eugenics exists only in Idaho and the six additional clinics that were called, think again.

I had heard, back in November of 2007, that Glenn Richardson, Georgia’s Speaker of the House had made comments that had similar racial/eugenics overtones. Since the Bible is clear that everything should be established with two or three witnesses and having experienced some of that racial sentiment from him in my 2006 race for the 4th Congressional District, I began to ask questions. As I asked those questions, I found that there were others that had confirmed hearing the statements. One legislator that I spoke with just before the 2008 session began on January 14th, told me he had confirmed with a House Leader that was present at the time, that the comments had been made.

I attended a meeting on February 5, 2008 with Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.) and four other witnesses. We heard two more representatives confirm the comments were made to them. What were the comments you ask? Well, we were told that when the GA Legislature introduced the Women’s Right to Know bill in 2006, the Speaker said that passing that piece of legislation would result in GA being “overrun with black babies”. Another Legislator stated he had approached the Speaker at the end of the 2007 session to explain a vote he was making that would impact funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood. In that conversation the Speaker indicated that if the funds for birth control were halted it would “result in the birth of more black babies” and “more black babies would be born and on the dole.

Well to say the least, Alveda and I were shocked so when I was called by the Speaker’s Chief of Staff to set up a meeting, the answer was an emphatic yes! February 12, 2008 turned out to be a sad day for us individually and Georgia collectively. The Speaker while stating he did not say the words quoted above stated he may “have said something like that”. And no matter how many times Alveda and I asked him what the “something like that” was, or even to explain how race came up in the discussion at all, he refused to answer, redirecting the conversation to the statistically accurate facts concerning black high school dropouts (over 50%) in Georgia or the abortion rate of black women in Georgia (58%). He consistently attacked one of the Legislators to whom the statement had been made indicating they were at war with one another and stating he could not understand why that legislator waited two years to say anything. At no time did the Speaker clarify his position on black births in Georgia or his feelings about blacks in general. Instead, he went to the Black Caucus the next morning and characterized me as a bitter black female because he did not support my Congressional race in 2006 (at that time he told me he could not support me because he did not want the “black voters in DeKalb County” to turn out).

Glenn Richardson had the opportunity to create a culture that valued all Georgians regardless of their race or status. He could have created a culture that promoted life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for us all. Instead, he adopted the spirit of his predecessor, Tom Murphy, by continuing to promote a racist/eugenics environment. Tom Murphy and many other legislators initially spit tobacco on the Martin Luther King Holiday bill. Glenn Richardson and those like him may as well be spitting on the babies that are aborted in Georgia.

On which side of the race issue does your legislator fall? Is he or she willing to allow black babies to continue to be killed so we will not be “overrun” with them? One of the ways we can find out is if there is a vote on pro-life measures like the Human Life Amendment that defines when personhood begins. Call your legislator today and ask him or her to get the Judiciary Sub-Committee to take the HLA off the table so you can can see where they stand on the issue. Is your legislator willing to give you a voice in this process? Does he/she trust you to vote your conscience with regard to when life begins?Ask them to help you override the voices of those like Margaret Sanger, Glenn Richardson, Autumn Kersey and Planned Parenthood. Let’s join together to silence these voices that filter life and the birth of black babies through racist/eugenics lenses. Call your legislator today.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Statesmen or Sanger-ites, Who Occupies the Gold Dome?

It has been well documented that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, had Nazi like beliefs. She promoted population control by limiting, through birth control and abortion, the birth of those she considered misfits, weeds and/or impure – her words (see for more information). To carry out her population control plans, her organization, Planned Parenthood has opened and continues to open its abortion facilities in predominantly black, and/or predominantly poor areas of major cities. Some of her racially motivated population control schemes such as her “Negro Project”, launched in 1939, paid black preachers to sermonize her population control message.

Reports are that she had close ties with those who developed Hitler’s race purification program (see Grand Illusions, the Legacy of Planned Parenthood by George Grant for more information). And today, these abortion mills have expanded their services to include pedophilia as they advise young girls to not report the older men that impregnated them(see Spinning their dogma as a woman’s rights matter (i.e. the right to choose what to do with her body) Planned Parenthood has successfully persuaded women to kill more than fifty million babies to date.

In the Georgia hearings concerning the Human Life Amendment there was something that troubled me that I had not clearly identified. It was just this weekend that I finally figured out what it was. It was the glee with which some of African American and Jewish attendees celebrated the abortions they had or were planning to have thereby giving life to Sanger's racist agenda. As mentioned previously, a Rabbi stated that if there was passage of the Human Life Amendment it would interfere with the free exercise of his religion - Judaism. There was a lady of Jewish descent who described herself as the head of a faith based organization who stated she “praised God for Planned Parenthood”.

An African American pastor from the First Iconium Baptist Church outlined his seven steps for keeping the government out of women's business. A young African American mother lamented that her two daughters would not have the option of safe and legal birth control and abortion when they became sexually active if the HLA passed.

Ignoring the question of whether a baby in the womb is a person, these attendees placed their sympathies with the mothers and not one considered the impact of their behavior on the life of the baby. Margaret Sanger and those of her persuasion did their jobs well and their persuasive if not hynotic dogma has won the day. It was a sad day in Georgia that there were no statesmen among the legislators who would champion the cause of life in order to give babies a choice as John Quincy Adams championed the cause of the slaves of the Amistad.

Legislators, such as Ed Lindsey, Chairman of the House Judiciary Sub Committee, hiding behind arguments that there were unintended consequences in the amendment, voted to table the bill, “effectively stopping it for this legislative session”. Stating that “the federal constitution takes precedence in this country over state constitutions and Roe v. Wade is based on the U. S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the federal constitution”, Mr. Lindsey took the same position of that espoused in the Dred Scott case that defined black men and women as property. He and those who voted with him have relegated Georgia’s babies to the trash cans of Planned Parenthoods abortion mills.

My Pastor’s wife has a saying: I can’t hear you because of what you are doing”. Mr. Lindsey and others who profess to have “deep moral concerns about abortion” betray that profession every time they vote to stop legislation that gives a voice to the thousands of babies in Georgia that are scheduled to be killed through the practice of abortion. I know there are others under the gold dome that support Sanger’s Nazi like position of Malthusian Eugenics with their words and behaviors. The coming days will expose them just as Mr. Lindsey exposed himself.

And as they are exposed it is my prayer that the 57% of Georgians that support overturning Roe v. Wade ban together to elect representatives who will support the will of the people rather than the politics of the day.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

When Does a Baby Become a Person?

The Judiciary sub-committee of Georgia’s General Assembly considered a bill this week that would have given legal definition to what a person is. This bill, titled HR 536, Human Life Amendment, basically stated there is a paramount right to life for every person. The bill was a proposed amendment to the Georgia constitution that went on to define a person to include unborn children at every state of their biological development including fertilization.

When I read this amendment, it seemed a pretty common sense definition that I think most Georgians believe is the case. After all doesn’t everyone know the baby in the womb is indeed a person? Most of us address the baby as such from the moment we confirm we are expecting. I have never met an expectant mom or dad that declared the baby in the womb to be anything other than a person and usually we have given that person a name. For example, from the moment I became pregnant with my daughter on September 1 in 1987, I called her Mary Catherine. Had she been a boy I would have named her Michael John and usually as an afterthought apologized to him in case I was having a boy. While there was a question regarding the gender of my baby, there was never a question regarding whether he or she was a person.

So as I began attending the hearings held on the 18th and 20th of this month, I thought the question was pretty black and white and I believed the Legislators would focus on allowing the citizens of Georgia to vote on whether they believed this legal definition of a person to be true. Instead of hearing arguments for or against this definition, we heard over seven hours of testimony mostly about whether a mother has a right to choose to abort the baby or whether there would be “unintended consequences” on other laws such as the death penalty or use of contraceptives . There were a host of witnesses testifying, sometimes with heart wrenching stories, concerning the right to abort or not abort the baby. There was very little testimony about the disabled or older population. I guess that was because it was recognized that the disabled and elderly are persons.

There were Rabbis and ministers that stated a woman should have the right to abort her baby. One even suggested the amendment would interfere with the free exercise of his religion if this amendment were to pass! There were mothers who stated they wanted their daughters to be able to have safe and legal birth control and abortions. There were law school professors who told the legislators that it would be a direct violation of their oaths of office to allow a change to the constitution that would impact the abortion laws in the state of Georgia. There were doctors that argued for the continuation of birth control and abortifacients. They argued that it is scientifically impossible to determine when there is conception because it takes fourteen days for the fertilized egg to attach to the womb.

Even those who were for the constitutional amendment spent more time deflecting the questions of unintended consequences than they did arguing for the legal definition of personhood. Anticipating the arguments that the bill would result in an increase in wrongful death cases, changes to the death penalty or impact living will provisions, those in support of the bill spent more time on these questions than they did on whether there is personhood at conception. Yet even those arguing against the bill because of its potential impact on invitro fertilization acknowledged there were “frozen people” located around the state.

Who won the debate? Politics. Long before the first argument for or against the amendment was made the politicians devised a way to kill the amendment without accountability for their votes. The Speaker of the House announced on February 12, 2008 that he would not allow the bill out of committee for a vote. The politicians, some of whom style themselves as pro-life, followed the mandate of the speaker by voting to table the bill. Most of them did not have the courage to give voice to the voiceless by allowing the bill on the floor of the House for a vote.

Who lost the debate? The thousands of babies across Georgia who will die without a hearing. Their voices have been silenced because these legislators were not willing to acknowledge them as persons.

Who lost the debate? Georgians whose voices will not be heard because those they elected to carry out their wishes were unwilling to ask those same people who elected them what they believe the definition of a person is by allowing them to vote come November.

The Legislators know that had they had true concerns about “unintended consequences” they could have simply devised legislation to address those concerns. They legislate on questions involving persons every legislative session, such as the death penalty, use of birth control and other medical devices and living wills. Sadly, the committee allowed the political will of one to overrule the political and moral will of millions of Georgians.

What can you do if you live in Georgia? Call your legislator and the Speaker of the House today and ask for the right to vote on the personhood amendment. If you live outside of Georgia, please pray that hearts will be changed so this vital question can be answered by the citizenry of Georgia.

Do you believe a person is one from conception to death? Take my poll!