Questions for Bobby Franklin

First, on behalf of your fellow conservatives and Republicans, thanks for putting us in an awkward position with House Bill 1. I think it is actually good to see where everyone will stand on this, assuming it makes it out of committee.

Second, I have a few questions for you:

  1. If a woman will assuredly die without an abortion, should she be entitled to one and why or why not? Your bill contains no provision to allow for one.
  2. If a woman is forcibly raped and impregnated, should she be allowed an abortion? Your bill contains no provisions to allow one.
  3. On the assumption that you answer “no” for number two, do you intend to seek special funding for psychological counseling for those women who would otherwise feel compelled to commit suicide or cause themselves or their unborn child harm due to the 9 month reminder of the forcible rape? Why or why not?
  4. Given the current political climate, why are you so certain that the Georgia Supreme Court will find your measure constitutional?
  5. Given the current state of constitutional law in this country, your bill is clearly unconstitutional. Why should the legislature spend its time and taxpayer money considering a bill that will be deemed unconstitutional by the federal court system?

And, for those of you reading this, yes, I am pro-life, but I believe in the three exceptions.

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  • This is something I have always had a difficult time with. I am vehemently opposed to abortion on demand, and sickened by the current situation concerning abortion in this country, and yet the questions you raise always seem to shake my resolve when it comes to completely abolishing the practice.

    I do, however, believe there is some merit in the arguments against these exceptions. With respect to abortion in the case of protecting the mother’s life, how often does this really happen? With today’s advances in medical technology, it seems unlikely that doctors would not be able to bring most pregnancies safely to term, or to find other solutions. The number of “therapeutic abortions” performed may not reflect this, but how often is this simply used as an excuse?

    The issue of rape and/or incest is another exception that, at first glance, I’m willing to grant. But the same questions could be asked in this case. How often does this really happen, and how do we determine the validity of individual claims? Should the child be punished for someone else’s crime?

    I guess the problem I have with these exceptions is that they are based on human emotion, logic and reasoning. However, as Christians we are often called to look beyond our flawed human reasoning, and if we look at the basic Scriptural principles, we see that our bodies are not our own property, and that all human life is sacred. It bothers me that these exceptions assume a lesser value for the life of the child. If life begins at conception, and I believe the Bible indicates this clearly, then why is that life less sacred than any other?

    On the other hand, the Bible is not always crystal clear on every issue, and I cannot sit in judgement of someone who has to make this horrible decision. In the end, God is the only measure of morality, and we each answer only to Him. As such, I find it difficult to support allowing the government to make decisions of this nature for its citizens.

    Abortion-on-demand is a despicable institution, clearly condemned by Scripture, and offensive to those who value the sanctity of life. But, since Scripture is not as clear with respect to these “exceptions”, perhaps the questions they raise should be left to the individual, who is promised guidance and comfort from the Holy Spirit.