May 17, 2013 Radio Commentary

Pro-Life Bills BLOCKED in the House

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 20, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  The opening statements of Georgia Right-to-Life’s report on the session says, “Well, here we go again!  Only two pro-life bills have been passed in the last four years,” while eight others have been blocked or ignored in committee.

Bills killed this year include The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act (H.B. 481) that passed the Senate in 2010, only to be blocked by the 2010 Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson and a House committee chairman Amos Amerson.

H.481 went to the Representative Willard’s Judiciary Committee, instead of pro-life Representative Setzler’s Science and Technology committee.  Mr. Willard DID give the bill a hearing, but strong opposition by the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Georgia biotech industry killed it.

Then, Representative Jay Neal introduced another bill requesting a study committee to iron out concerns of the university system and biotech industry, but that bill was sent to a non-supportive committee that refused to give it a hearing and that’s where it died. Continue reading