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State Rep. Bobby Franklin Found Dead

Foul play is not suspected, although the cause of death at his Northeast Cobb house remains a mystery.

Updated July 26 at 7 p.m.

Georgia state Rep. Bobby Franklin, who courted controversy with legislation that would criminalize miscarriages and with comments criticizing tornado victims, was found dead in his Northeast Cobb home just before noon Tuesday.

Jenny Hodges, a close friend who considered Franklin to be like a brother, said in an email to Northeast Cobb Patch that another friend went to check on the legislator Tuesday morning and called police to break in.

The Cobb County Emergency Communications Center dispatched officers to Franklin’s house in the 4500 block of Cedar Knoll Drive for the welfare check, Cobb County police spokesman Officer Michael Bowman said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Upon arrival the officers had to force entry into the residence, where they found a deceased male," Bowman said in the statement. 

The dead man has been identified as Franklin, 56, a Cobb County Republican known for an extreme brand of conservatism.

No foul play is suspected in the death, Bowman said. The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has the body.

Hodges speculated that Franklin suffered a massive heart attack.

"He was having extreme chest pains," she said.

Franklin helped design the current Georgia flag. He also introduced legislation such as H.B. 1: "Prenatal Murder," which would make it a crime for the female human body to end a pregnancy if an investigation team could not determine a cause for the pregnancy's termination. The bill stalled in the General Assembly.

Franklin sparked more anger in May when he said victims of this spring’s tornados to sustain them.

"He was probably one of the most misunderstood Georgia politicians. His hate mail came from all over the country," Hodges said. "But for the few of us who loved and understood him, he was really wonderful and a man of integrity."

Visit Northeast Cobb Patch for updates in the case.

Brooke Rouse August 07, 2011 at 01:42 AM
again you are still not addressing my point. while i commend you for any unselfish efforts you make on behalf of others you still don't seem to understand that everything you say and believe revolves around YOUR religious convictions. YOURS!!!!! each person has the freedom to choose what religion, if any they commit to. whatever their beliefs may be , again if any. you say you believe in God, and i am assuming you are referring to the judeo-christian God of Abraham God of Issac in the king james bible, but true belief in God means you have faith in him to govern each person path you have no right to force anyone to believe what you do. I am sure we share some beliefs but the free will gift of God is sacrosanct. the moment you force you belief of life begins at conception you are assuming many minutia of details that unless you have several degrees in science it amounts to nothing more than a guess and not even an educated one at that. we have enter an era of science that may one day give us definitive answers but as long as we are not able to verify the exact detail of what fuses all required parts of sentient life we have to accept that there are things we humans just don't know. for instance an encephalitic baby born has no brain above the brain stem they do not have certain parts of the brain that handle certain functions. there are babies born with Pfeiffer syndrome
Brooke Rouse August 07, 2011 at 02:02 AM
which has varying degrees of severity. some can survive some cannot some may survive birth but their brief life is a horrific situation that takes a great deal of grace for the families to come through. there are babies born with gender so ambiguous that it is not possible to say whether they are boys or girls. there are people born with a full set of reproductive organs of both sexes. there are so many aspects to "life" that many people haven't even a clue about (that is changing) that we cannot put ourselves in the shoes so to speak of every situation possible. therefore it is critical that we keep or laws of choice sacrosanct as well we are no where near advanced enough to make decisions by law that only those trained with the needed information should make. to quote a famous author "there is no relationship on earth quite like that of a woman and her unborn baby". these are delicate situations where issues both physical and non-physical are private matters for each woman to deal with. You are not God you are not qualified to judge any intimate details of another's choices. you don't have ever detail of their circumstances their mental state, etc. you tread on dangerous ground when you assume you know better than God what is right for another's life. that is playing God.
Brooke Rouse August 07, 2011 at 03:15 AM
bottom line is this... i'm talking the law, you are arguing religion. your telling people if their beliefs aren't the same as yours, then THEY are wrong. I'm only saying that i respect your right to believe what you wish and act with regard to your body in line with that belief and that the law says we must all respect that right.
Margarita August 07, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Brooke, you bring up God, law and science. God: Thou shalt not kill. Law: murder is illegal. Human Life: See my posts above about scientific & medical consensus that human life begins at conception and remains human life regardless of handicaps, illnesses, deformities, etc. I'm sorry to say, your consent to question the existence of human life based on such factors as deformity, disease, etc., is a consent to the philosophy of Hitler. He began his campaign of eugenics by killing the mentally ill and others he deemed unworthy of existence due to handicaps of various type. Human life is human life, no matter what deformities, etc. may occur in some cases, and these persons are equally as valuable and deserving of love, respect and friendship as any other person. Again, to say that killing them and/or declaring them not really human in order to relieve their potential suffering is a false compassion, and in actuality a cop-out from the unselfish love such beautiful persons call forth from those who are blessed to know them.
Michelle August 07, 2011 at 06:39 AM
margarita, lady get off your high horse. if the world were so against abortion, it would never have become LEGAL. 2nd, if it were a so called sin, our VATICAN our beloved Pope would have never made it LEGAL in Italy. The catholic church,the end all be all to churches no longer see it as a sin. If our Most High Pontif himself has declared it a compasionate way to end suffering to a woman and would be suffering to a FETUS not a child then so be it. Yes, the bookm says thou shalt not kill,but it also says an eye for an eye, and that adulters will be killed, heritics are to be killed blah blah blah. the bible is full of contridictions in and of itself. Like, if a man dies w/o an heir,his wife is to bed wed to his brother and if he dies w/o an heir she goes to the next brother. Really, come on. leave it alone. and heres one for you, im a LESBIAN w/ 4 AMAZING daughters and i had an abortion at 18. I also have a very thriving transportation bussiness, a degree in forensic psychology and criminal justice. so lets see, there goes your pathetic "abortion will give you emotional issues and keep you from having kids" claim.
Sasha August 07, 2011 at 07:31 AM
Incidentally the correct translation is 'thou shalt not murder', not 'thou shalt not kill', the two are distinct. All murder is killing, but not all killing is murder (not that God seems particularly bothered about committing either, I may not be a Christian but I have read the bible. A real case of 'do as I say, not as I do'). Anyway, all this is trifling semantics. Suck it up Margarita, abortion has always happened, and will always happen. Glorify the fetus to high heaven indeed, it doesn't matter what YOUR opinion is; the only opinion that matters is that of the individual faced with an unwanted pregnancy.
Brooke Rouse August 08, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Shame on you Margarita for not paying attention to what i was saying you seemed to be an intelligent but you are rapidly contradicting that notion and proving my point i NEVER that anyone is not worthy to be born i merely was pointing out that there are some many situations over which we as a society are in no position to dictate to each other the separation of church and state is vital to the survival of democracy and religion and life itself i have cousins who are missionaries in Africa and they see the tragic results every day of life with out our freedom if the only way you can communicate your beliefs is by a poor attempt at ignoring the truth in what i'm saying then you only serve to prove my point YOU are not qualified in ANY way to judge anothers choices when one group of people tries to legislate based on their particular RELIGIOUS beliefs you end up with chaos. in all you've said you still are ignoring what i'm saying what i'm saying is fact not conjecture not guesswork FACT. i feel sad for you and people who are of like mind because some of humanities worst experiences come from the best of intentions. which is why the very wise people who drafted our constitution made clear the absolute stance of church and state of course scientist don't all say the same thing same with doctors. because they make mistakes people die every day from.
Brooke Rouse August 08, 2011 at 01:48 PM
a dear cousin of mine was severely disabled and lived to be 28 yrs old his life was precious and i miss him every day but his suffering was a private family situation and ALL decisions regarding his life and care were up to his parents they had to pay for his care and for 25 of those years my aunt tool primary care of him.she never wanted anyone else to be his primary caregiver but there came a time when she physically could not continue. your narrow view of what you think everyone should be capable of is very dangerous. i feel sad for anyone who does not have the perfection of strength you claim to have. be very careful ....life has a way of saying "ok you think you're so strong and so perfect in your belief here's a nice test for ya" some things in life boil down to a choice of what is less worse than something else. i am happy to engage in a democratic exchange of thought with you but if you keep ignoring what i'm saying then we will just have to agree to disagree
Brooke Rouse August 08, 2011 at 01:56 PM
and by the way Margaritas opinion is just as important as mine or anyone else s which is kinda my point but her opinion should ONLY rule her own life and circumstances NEVER anyone else s.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Well, it has been several days since I could get on here (I don't have internet at home). There are a lot of comments to reply to. Work is very busy for me right now, so I gotta try to summarize my response to everyone. Bottom lines: 1) I do not believe in forcing my religious beliefs on anyone. That is wrong. Our country is a Republic and its Constitution is founded on the Natural Law. I am defending Natural Law, which as our Declaration of Independence states, absolutely guarantees the right to life to all, and that all are created equal. So, if you are a citizen of the U.S., you are bound by observance of the Natural Law whether you agree with it or not. 2) My religious beliefs are not in contradiction to the Natural Law. When I am speaking to someone who has brought up God, I will speak to them of God's Law, which says "Thou Shalt Not Kill." When I am speaking to someone who is an agnostic or atheist, I will speak of the Natural Law which tells us that it is wrong to kill an innocent human being. (It is not wrong to kill out of self-defense - that is not murder). 3) .....continued in next post...
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 09:41 PM
....3) ) When I say that killing a handicapped, deformed or unwanted child (born/preborn) is not compasionate, one of you claims that I am imposing the assumption of strength of character on those who will be their care-takers. Not at all. If a care-giver lacks the ability for whatever reason, there are helps available in society - that person is not bound to go-it-alone. But the caregiver is not free to kill the person they are caring for. 4) Overpopulation is a myth promoted by eugenicists: http://www.pop.org/ 5) It is not religious belief that human life starts at conception. It is scientific fact, for which plenty of scientific data exists. It is also common logic. Check out this webpage - scroll to the bottom for quotes from textbooks: http://www.abort73.com/abortion/medical_testimony/ 6) hahahahhahhahhaha!!!! No Pope has okayed abortion anywhere. If your priest told you abortion is okay, he lied to you. I suspect the person who wrote claiming to be Catholic is a professional pro-abortion blogger, and it is pointless to argue with her, as she is not interested in hearing facts.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 09:49 PM
Bottom line is, people, use common sense. That's all it really takes. You are for some very scary reason trying to justify the killing of innocent human beings by ignoring the mountains of scientific and philosophical evidence of human life, and by using arguments that are very, very dangerous. Your line of thinking makes it ok to kill any human being whom others deem too burdensome. Again, in saying that, of course I have tons of compassion and understanding towards caregivers (I have been one) - but caregivers don't have to carry the weight all alone - there is plenty of help out there. The handicapped, deformed and those not "planned" by their parents are incredible gifts to the rest of us because they give whole communities the opportunity to grow in unselfish love and support. The problem is not the handicapped, deformed, "unwanted", poor, etc. - the problem is how isolationist our society has become. Caregivers are afraid to ask for the help that's there. The solution is not killing needy persons, the solution is for every part of society to start reaching out to each other more and making ourselves available to each other more.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM
In regards to miscarriage, I am so sorry to hear of this happening for anyone. Again, Bobby's law would not have set up invasive measures to investigate every miscarriage. All it called for was that if a coroner who did have the opportunity to assess a little one who died before birth, discovered evidence of self-induced abortion, then he would be bound to report this, as is already the case. Yes, that is repeating current law, but repeating current law is not in any way dangerous. It was repeated in Bobby's law to reaffirm its necessity because Planned Parenthood is giving out abortion pills like candy to young girls who come to their offices. Like one person so correctly said, the abortion pill is massively dangerous to these girls. Home abortions are becoming more & more common. Currently, the law is twisted such that Planned Parenthood can get away with giving girls a home-abortion-pill and not get prosecuted for self-induced abortion (which is currently illegal) because Planned Parenthood has them start the process at their office (it's a 2-pill, 2-3 day process). Bobby's bill was addressing the fact that once aborton is made illegal, most likely Planned Parenthood and abortion-doctors will continue to quietly give out these pills illegally. Bobby's bill, however would not aggressively try to investigate every miscarriage....there would have to be very substantial cause for such.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM
To the person who wrote about birth control being dangerous and/or faulty, you are absolutely right. Breast cancer, stroke, aneurisms have been linked over & over to the Pill. All forms are highly risky & not totally effective. I won't sell YOU short though by not talking about abstinence. YOU can honor yourself and your dignity by remaining abstinent. You are selling yourself way short. Thousands of young and middle-aged singles are choosing abstinence and there's lots of testimony & support on the web. Telling guys they have to get a vasectomy is still selling yourself short and it's not fair to them. Our bodies are made to say, "I give you my whole self" --- that means all of me for always ---- th eonly way to say that honestly with our bodies is in the context of marriage. This is not religion I'm talking here, but Natural Law. This is why people - even totally non-religious people - feel so violated and traumatized by sexual abuse, rape, etc. ---- because it is in our very bodies and our whole being that sex is an expression of committed giving & receiving. So don't settle for being less than who you are. Demand that guys respect you and give them the same respect. Is it always easy? No. Is getting up and going to work always easy? No. Is not eating that whole tub of Mayfield Moosetracks always easy? No. But that doesn't mean we're not capable of doing the stuff that makes us be our best & avoiding the stuff that cheapens us.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Have you ever wondered why people whose homes get broken into and have their valuables stolen often say, "I feel so violated." It's very similarto the feeling someone has after being sexually abused or when a sexually active partner abandons them. They feel stolen from. That's because sex says, "I give you all of me forever. I receive all of you forever." If sex happens without both the man's & the woman's heart intending those promises, then one is stealing from the other --- or both are stealing from each other. This is why even non-religious people are so affected by sex that happens in any other context. Even in marriage, sexual stealing can occur when one or the other is not intending with the heart those promises that the body is expressing.
Margarita August 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM
To the person who said that since God allows miscarriages to occur, either preborn babies are not human, or this justifies our killing preborn babies also: Okay, so since God allows any human being of any age to die of any disease, accident, etc., does that mean that either they are not human or that we thus also have the right to kill any human of any age (apart from self-defense)? Of course not!! God is God, we are not. If my sister dies from cancer at 27, does that mean I have the right to kill my brother because I find him somehow burdensome at 25?
Margarita August 12, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Listen to a Black person speaking about today's parallel to slavery: http://youtu.be/OoSYSqs8His
Brooke Rouse August 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Margarita, i am saying that what you tout as being "natural law" is still a matter of opinion and you insult me when you say that i am advocating the killing of people who are born with severe problems, that is untrue i am merely pointing out that there is nothing that gives YOU the right to insert yourself or YOUR opinions into a private family situation. you are also very incorrect when you say that there are public programs to assist in the care of people. that all depends on where a person lives, and with so many money strapped states the situation is growing worse every day. scientist DO NOT agree on the exact moment that a pregnancy becomes viable and that is a fact. if you have to embellish or distort to try to make a point you do yourself and your opinions no good. i had a stroke at the age of 20 because i was on the pill. it was horrible situation. but getting pregnant at that time would have been far worse given our circumstances. i would still take the pill if i had to do it over again if all were the same. you cannot dictate these things in peoples lives and trying to relate this topic to slavery is totally inappropriate.
Brooke Rouse August 13, 2011 at 01:05 PM
slavery involves single individual freedom and liberty not a symbiotic situation. if any woman chooses to complete a pregnancy that is her choice if she chooses not to that is also her choice to force anyone to become a parent is horrific most times for the child as well and i've got news for ya adoption doesn't terminate a parents status either so many women who have given up their rights never shake the psychological effects of giving birth. these issues are highly complex and unique to each situation.if you can't respect anothers right to choose that's you playing God
Margarita August 15, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Brooke, Natural Law is not opinion. Did you read my two posts in which I linked to many, many medical & scientific sources agreeing that A NEW INDIVIDUAL HUMAN LIFE begins at conception? I'm done here. Spinning my wheels. C-ya!
Brooke Rouse August 15, 2011 at 09:56 PM
you are merely mentioning ones who agree with your beliefs which is again my point. there are just as many who say the opposite. the science is not far enough along to pinpoint, which is why choice which is also part of Gods plan. freedom to choose. that is Gods law.
Ron McClellan August 21, 2011 at 03:45 PM
" . . . tendency allow religious beliefs to tinge the process is is not the American way." That's simply not true. Check out the Declaration of independence for a good starting point. This country was built on a foundation of our Forefathers religious beliefs. Check out George Washingtons farewell address too. The constitutionally mandated separation is of church and state, not God and state. To not understand the difference is fatal to this country.
Ron McClellan August 21, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Wow . . . . this is a bizarre comment. When I believe someone is evil, I pray they'll straighten up and fly right, not that they die. That's quite a despicable statement actually . . . bordering on "evil" actually. I'll be prayin for ya James rather than wishing you dead.
Jim Siemons August 22, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Margarita, You posted: "I'm done here. Spinning my wheels." Really? If you are promising to no longer post in this thread, then you now have time to bring together all of your other posts, put them in book form and you've got a best seller. I'm happy for you because now you will be wealthy and I won't have to scroll down this thread for a half hour at a time to get to the posts of someone who I care to read. My blood pressure is already coming down.
Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
May he burn in hell for the hatred and hypocrisy he spewed. He was no Christian, he was a hateful man who sought to subjugate others to his own twisted beliefs.
Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I don't care what your views are... until you try to turn them into laws and make others live by them. When you try to send women to prison for having miscarriages or abortions as is their legal right, you are evil. Period. I don't care how nice your manners are. And when someone like that gets into the legislature, it is a bad thing When that person drops dead, it is a good thing. If you don't understand, think about how you felt when you heard Osama bin Ladin was dead. There's really no difference. Both religious fanatics that used their power to harm and subjugate others.
Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM
As a human being? You mean like the human beings he wanted to designate as "accusers" after they're raped? You mean the human beings he wanted to put in prison if they had a miscarriage? You cannot separate his "human being" from his abusive behavior toward women. And yes, it was abusive. It isn't better to try to send someone to prison for having a miscarriage than it is to beat them. Both are wrong behaviors. One lasts a LOT longer and hurts a LOT more people than the other. He was an evil man, and he's dead, and women are safer for it.
Susan Zookeeper April 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
This page needs a "like" button for posts...
Ron McClellan April 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Susan . . .ironically, you appear to be spewing some of that hatred you claim to hate. Amazing.
Just a Thought June 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
If Ms. Hodges was such a close, personal friend, why wouldn't she take him to the hospital if she knew he was having "extreme chest pains?" That seems a little suspect... Can't say I'm too sad to see him, go, though... that bill outlawing miscarriages was the most disgusting case of ignorant chauvenism I've ever heard of. And criticizing tornado victims? What an arrogant, unfeeling bastard. He honestly sounds like he had some kind of psychotic mental disorder.

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