I would like to write to clarify something that was reported in the paper after the election. Reporter Matthew Strother got it wrong when he reported that Georgia voters supported an amendment to the state constitution stating that life starts at conception and outlawing abortion.
This was not a statewide referendum but rather a question asked only on the Republican ballot. It is completely erroneous to report it otherwise. Personhood initiatives have failed in states around the country and no more emphatically than in our neighboring state of Mississippi.
These initiatives are out of step with the wishes of most, could cost the state dearly in legal costs and are a poor use of energy. We should all be working to improve access to preventive health care like birth control instead of finding new ways to deny women access to their basic health care rights.
There has been an all out assault on women’s rights this year in the legislature and it is a trend that I fear this misguided question, not referendum, only seeks to continue.