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Pregnancy Centers serving all over Georgia.

by Nancy Kingston, GLA Pregnancy Support Liaison

The vital mission and work of pregnancy care centers throughout Georgia can hardly be overstated. One of GLA’s foremost goals is to support, foster and promote this vital work since we are clearly linked by a genuine concern and love for the unborn and for those most at risk for choosing abortion. Therefore, GLA is committed to helping the PCCs become better equipped and better exposed, while keeping an eye to any legal or legislative issues which would affect their very existence.

Pregnancy care organizations have been the heart and hands of the pro-life movement since shortly after the abysmal “abortion-on-demand” ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court in 1973. In the wake of this tragic decision, large numbers of “pro-lifers” were motivated to establish places in their communities where women could be presented with realistic alternatives to abortion. During the subsequent 43 years, pregnancy care organizations have an indisputable life-saving and life-changing impact upon women and families.

Ironically, most women who consider abortion do so because they feel they “have no choice.” The staff at pregnancy centers are trained to address the anxieties of women and families in pregnancy hardships, and they are tireless in providing the accurate information and support that empowers women to choose life.

Currently in Georgia there are approximately 75 pregnancy care centers that provide life-affirming options to abortion. According to center surveys for 2014, 24,077 new clients walked through their doors, free 22,424 pregnancy tests were conducted, and at least 9,619 free ultrasounds were performed!

Pregnancy Care Centers are uniquely positioned to operate according to the highest standards of care and integrity, as clients are able to obtain these services without charge along with the promise of confidentiality, compassion and respect. Ongoing support, education and assistance throughout pregnancy and beyond also characterizes the distinctive nature of these organizations.

Manned by a virtual army of women and men offering women real help and answers, the variety of services available at pregnancy centers continues to expand. Currently, a majority of centers are certified to offer limited obstetrical ultrasounds – an integral part of a woman’s right to know all the facts surrounding her pregnancy. Moreover, many centers now offer parenting classes, fatherhood support programs, post-abortion recovery, testing for sexually transmitted infections, healthy pregnancy education.

GLA is eager to walk shoulder to shoulder with those on the front lines because we deeply grasp the challenging task of providing truth to each new generation. This alliance enhances and enriches our common objectives which is to defend the most vulnerable and grow a culture of life in Georgia.

Click the link here for a list of current centers in Georgia that offer free ultrasounds.

 

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ATLANTA – Governor Nathan Deal has signed HB 555 into law, assuring an accurate picture of how many of Georgia minor girls seek the protection of the Court and feel compelled to go outside the protection of their parents to obtain an abortion.

HB 555 clarifies how data is to be gathered and transferred through the proper channels in order for the Department of Public health to report, as the law requires of them. This was the first piece of legislation proposed by Georgia Life Alliance Committee in 2015.

“As a modest start to our legislative involvement, we believe HB 555 will begin to help us get a more realistic idea of what the children of our state are facing when making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy,” says Emily Matson, GLA’s Executive Director and originator of the legislative concept, “when we have a better grasp on how many children are going before a judge, rather than face this decision with the support of their parents, the better we, as a community will be able to serve and care for them.”

Sponsored by Representative Joyce Chandler (R-Grayson), the bill requires nothing additional than what is already in the law – but simply clarifies how this data will be gathered and transferred through the proper channels and kept confidential.

“We especially appreciate the work of Representative Chandler on this legislation as well as nearly 20 original House Co-Sponsors who took a bit of a risk on us, being new to the conversation as an organization. We also appreciate Senator Bruce Thompson for carrying it through the Senate. There were many hands who helped make this possible and encouraged it along the way,” said Kristina Twitty, Director of Operations and Lobbyist for Georgia Life Alliance Committee.

HB 555 legislation provides statutory instruction to the Juvenile Court Clerks to collect this specific data regarding the judicial bypass procedure and provide the data to the Administrative Office of the Courts – so that the AOC can then give accurate, certain statistics to the Department of Public Health. The bill ensures the data will be compiled in aggregate form so that it will not be used to target certain judges who may or may not grant such petitions.

Georgia Life Alliance is the Georgia affiliate of National Right to Life.

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ATLANTA – Monday, Georgia Life Alliance Committee (GLAC) issued letters certifying as pro-life Congressional incumbents Tom Graves (R-Ranger) and Austin Scott (R-Tifton).

“Congressman Tom Graves has a 100% pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life and other leading pro-life organizations. Tom cast at least eleven pro-life votes in the 114th Congress, each time proving his commitment to protecting the unborn and honoring the sanctity of human life,” said Emily Matson, Executive Director. “Congressman Austin Scott has consistently supported key pro-life legislation both in Washington and at the Georgia Capitol. Austin is a proven advocate for the unborn.”

GLAC wholeheartedly supported the efforts of National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, and other pro-life organizations in the joint-strategy to place H.R. 3762 – which would have defunded the overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood’s government dollars – on the President’s desk. President Obama vetoed the measure on January 8, 2016. “Both Congressman Graves and Congressman Scott worked to successfully present the first-ever opportunity for a President to defund the giant abortion provider.   To characterize the political capital expended by these Congressmen in any other way is simply not true.” said Matson.

Georgia Life Alliance Committee unveiled its “GLA Certified Pro-Life” application and certification process in early April. GLAC offers candidates for public office the opportunity to apply for “Pro-Life Certification” in two steps: (1) by completing the GLA Candidate Questionnaire on abortion-related legislation and (2) by applying for certification based upon evidence of a pro-life voting history or evidence of past pro-life efforts and thought on the part of the applicant candidate. The GLA Pro-life Certification packet can be found at GLAC website: http://georgialifealliance.com/2016-candidate-surveys

On April 28, 2016, GLAC issued Pro-Life Certifications to Congressmen Barry Loudermilk, Doug Collins, and Rick Allen.  For a complete list of candidates certified by GLAC, please contact us.

Georgia Life Alliance is the Georgia affiliate of National Right to Life.

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