Without a “Refusal Document,” You’re An Organ Donor
Radio Commentary, WMVV 90.7 New Life FM, June 25, 2010
By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. The first time I speak to a new group about political issues in Georgia, I begin by asking whose driver’s license has been renewed, lately. Then, I ask whether they were asked about being an organ donor. When they say no, I explain the reason I’m asking.
Two years ago when S.B. 405 passed, it got no publicity, but totally reversed Georgia’s organ donor law. It amended the Georgia Anatomical Gift Act relating to the “acquisition and loss of property” and defined “anatomical gift” as a donation of all or part of a human body to be taken after the donor’s death and used for transplants, therapy, research or education.
School-Start Date: Educators Win, Parents Lose
Radio Commentary, WMVV 90.7 New Life FM, June 18, 2010
By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. The battle over the school-start date peaked in 2005, when polls reported overwhelming popularity for H.B. 285, requiring school to start “not earlier than the last Monday in August and not later than the Wednesday after Labor Day.” Every poll showed a 65% to 68.5% support for the bill. In 2004, DeKalb district schools began August 9th. When a Chamblee middle school teacher wrote a letter to the AJC opposing early school starts, he had 30 responses. 25 agreed with him and, at that time, two states – North Carolina and Virginia – had passed similar bills, while others were considering doing the same.
At that 2005 House Education Committee hearing a parent said, “It appears that the education establishment has come to a national conclusion that school should be year round. They know that if they were to impose that all at once the people would revolt. Instead they have taken a course of gradually moving the calendar a few days here, a week here…. [So,] the Boards need oversight from the Legislature in this area.” Everyone listened, but the House Education Committee rejected the parents’ request and defeated H.B. 285 before the meeting ended.
Having a Hard Time Deciding Which
Candidates to Support?
Party Platform Comparisons, A Decision-Making Tool
In a Nutshell
“If you want life, traditional marriage and the right to bear arms, then vote Republican. If you want partial birth-abortion, abortion on demand, same-sex marriage and gun control, then vote Democrat!”
U.D. Roberts, Brentwood News Service
Party platforms reveal how political parties expect their candidates to vote after they’re elected. The following provides platform positions of Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians.
Right to Life
Republican Platform: includes a pro-life agenda. “[T]he unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment … we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislation and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions…. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life…. We oppose abortion, but our pro-life agenda does not include punitive action against women who have an abortion.”
Democrat Platform: pro-abortion. “The Democratic Party stands behind the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay…. [I]t is a fundamental constitutional liberty that individual Americans – not government – can best take responsibility for making the most difficult and intensely personal decisions regarding reproduction … will appoint justices to the Supreme Court who have a demonstrated concern for and commitment to the individual rights protected by our Constitution, including the right to privacy.”
Libertarian Platform: pro-abortion. “We oppose all laws likely to impose restrictions on free choice…. [W]e believe the government should … [allow] all individuals to be guided by their own consciences. We oppose legislation restricting or subsidizing women’s access to abortion or other reproductive health services; this includes requiring consent of the prospective father, waiting periods, and mandatory indoctrination on fetal development.”
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Illegal Aliens and Georgia’s S.R. 1395
Radio Commentary, WMVV 90.7 New Life FM, June 11, 2010
By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Good morning, Jim. Senator John Wiles kept pushing and pushing until S.R. 1395 finally passed on the 39th day of the session. It’s not a law. It simply asks national leaders to enforce existing federal laws that would close and secure our borders. It urges the president and Congress to keep aliens from coming in the back door, just as we lock the door to keep unwelcome guests out of our homes.