Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bobby Franklin contributes to "surge" in anti-abortion legislation

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Bobby Franklin (R-East Cobb)
Each year, the abortion-rights group NARAL keeps an eye on state legislators' attempts to undermine Roe v. Wade. If their tally is correct, anti-abortion politicos have been working overtime this year.

TIME Magazine blogger Katy Steinmetz published a piece today about an apparent "surge" in anti-abortion bills being filed on the state level — 351 pieces of legislation this year, compared to 174 in 2010.

Only one politician (besides South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard) was crazy enough to merit being mentioned by name: Georgia's own Bobby Franklin (R-East Cobb). Here's what Steinmetz had to say about Franklin's H.B. 1 (also the subject of a recent Fresh Loaf post):

In Georgia, State Rep. Bobby Franklin takes criminalizing to the next level, calling all abortions “prenatal murder” and proposing that those who “commit” it be punished under the state's homicide laws. Some critics have worried that the language he uses in H.B. 1 might criminalize some miscarriages, too, because only those with absolutely no “human involvement” would be excepted.

According to the Georgia General Assembly's website, H.B. 1 has been stalled in the "second reading" phase since January. In fact, all but one of the 40 bills and resolutions Franklin introduced this year have gone nowhere — the only one that's been adopted is a resolution recognizing 91-year-old Jeanette Oppenheimer Tabak, the granddaughter of a veteran of the Civil War. Or, as Franklin refers to it, the "War to Prevent Southern Independence."

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