I got a call from a friend yesterday, informing me that Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin was found dead in his house, having suffered a heart attack at the age of 56.
I am heartbroken that Georgia has lost one of its greatest statesmen and strongest advocates for the lives of the unborn. I don’t consider it an exaggeration to say Bobby Franklin was man like no other. He had unwavering principle, integrity and character. He was the most outspoken and controversial voice in the George House of Representatives. Whether you loved him or hated him, you could not deny he was passionate about his convictions.
For the past few years Rep. Franklin worked tirelessly to pass H.B 1, a bill that would criminalize abortion as murder in the state of Georgia. He referred to abortion as pre-natal murder and believed it should be punished as such. Although the bill was misunderstood and sharply criticized by some, Bobby continued to fight for its passing.
I remember the mornings I would take a team of intercessors to the Georgia Capitol for a Silent Siege. Bobby was one of our most faithful attendees. He would exhort us with scripture, and we would eagerly listen. We we’re struck by his genuine faith and humility. I remember him telling me a story about how he walked around the Capitol building with Life Tape, praying for mercy. Secretly I wondered if he cared about his fellow lawmakers seeing him and questioning what he was doing wearing red tape over his mouth. He clearly wasn’t worried about their opinions. Bobby stood for the truth, no matter what anyone thought of him.