Recently the organization Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) released its endorsements in the years gubernatorial election. The lone Republican candidate not to receive an endorsement was Karen Handel who is also the only women in this years contest. This group did however endorse at least one candidate with questionable integrity and documented morality issues. How does it make sense to do this but not support someone else on such narrow differences? Not only did she not get the organizations nod but the groups President Dan Becker made some pretty insensitive remarks in the process.
Karen and her husband have been unable to have children and support the use of invitro fertilization for couples wanting to be parents. She also believes that in addition to the life of the mother, rape and incest should be exceptions allowed under any abortion restrictions. As a result she is deemed unworthy by GRTL.
Let me just drop a little news flash on everyone…..I AGREE with Karen Handel. I think that abortions should be illegal except for rape, incest and the life of the mother. I would have also consider invitro if my wife and I would have had trouble conceiving. Here are the remarks from the GRTL president:
GRTL President Dan Becker said, “Someone’s desperate right to parenthood – because they’re infertile, they’re barren, whatever term you want to use – is an emotionally fraught subject that has our highest sympathy. But it should never be attempted to be addressed where a life is taken in the process.”
I am getting more and more convinced that this no longer even needs to be a political fight among Christians and conservatives. Finding a candidate who supports the elimination of abortion except for those 3 exceptions is a win across the board. When are we going to stop ripping each other apart politically on such a narrow difference of opinion? Rape, incest, life of the mother and invitro do not represent the problem area with abortions in this country anyway. The area where there in universal agreement among all groups is that abortions should not be used primarily for birth control. There is no debate on this between Christians and conservatives across this country. We should unite on this point and see if real change is possible. The left loves the fact that we are so busy trying to validate each others beliefs that we get NOTHING accomplished.
Groups like GRTL and others have been fighting the abortion issue for to long on the wrong side of the problem. Putting all of our money and efforts into curtailing abortions legally once someone is already pregnant has produced mixed results at best. I would like to see these groups do much more to support the re-emergence of the family unit. If we work more with young girls prior to them getting pregnant then maybe we can see the number of abortions drop without the fruitless political circus that this issue has become.
The time has come to reevaluate this issue as a litmus test for being a conservative. We are doing much more damage to the movement and seeing very little change take place. We should all be following President Reagan’s 80% rule on this and give our country the opportunity to see the conservative movement for the diversity that it truly offers this country.