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2017 Candidate Questionnaire Responses

6th Congressional District 
A SPECIAL ELECTION has been called to replace recently appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. The election will take place on April 18th. We have received the following questionnaire responses. An asterisk (*) next to a candidate’s name indicates they are certified pro-life.

Bob Gray *
Keith Grawert *
Karen Handel
 *
William Llop *
Dan Moody*

32nd Georgia Senate District

A SPECIAL ELECTION has been called after the incumbent Senator resigned to run for congress. The election will take place on April 18th. We have received the following questionnaire responses. An asterisk (*) next to a candidate’s name indicates they are certified pro-life.

Kay Kirkpatrick *
Augustus Makris *

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Dear Friend of Life,

On the final day of the 2017 legislative session, Georgia Life Alliance’s priority legislation was successfully passed by the legislature and now goes to the Governor’s desk for signature.  This bill, SB 193, will strengthen the Positive Alternatives Grant Program and allow money to get in the hands of pregnancy centers to provide services for pregnant women and their children. 

The original grant program was passed and funded last year, but due to implementation issues, several key changes needed to be made before the money could be used by our pregnancy centers. 

The most important changes were:

1. The grant money can be used to help any pregnant woman or child, and not only those that qualify based on a set of complicated calculations.

2. The pregnancy centers can decide what services they want to offer and they will not be required to offer all services if they offer any.

3. The pregnancy centers can have a religious purpose, they just cannot use the grant funds for a religious purpose.

That final change was one of the biggest implementation issues with the original law because the original language from the Department of Public Health made many pregnancy centers fear if they took the grant money they had to cease any activities involving religion.  We worked closely with the Department of Public Health to write this clarifying language so that there would be no misunderstanding about separation between the services that the grant money pays for and other work done by the pregnancy centers.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Public Health and Georgia’s very important pregnancy centers as we work to get important medical and non-medical services to the pregnant women, mothers and children who need it.

Encouraging a culture that values life,

Camila (Wright) Zolfaghari
Georgia Life Alliance
Executive Director

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Georgia Life Alliance is at the capitol working to let your legislators know how important this bill, SB  193 the Positive Alternatives Grant Program Clean-Up, is on your behalf and on behalf of the pregnant women and vulnerable unborn children of Georgia.  We need your voice to join us in speaking up for the children who will have a chance at a healthy childbirth, cannot speak for themselves on behalf of this bill.  

CALL TO ACTION

So I ask you to contact your state representatives and ask them to support SB 193 and to encourage Chairwoman Sharon Cooper to give the bill a hearing in the Health and Human Services Committee.   You can find your representatives by clicking here

You can also call Chairwoman Cooper’s office directly at 404-656-5069 and ask her to put the bill on the Health and Human Services Committee hearing schedule.  Chairwoman Cooper is a friend of life, so please be positive and encouraging, but let her know this bill is important.

Here are some talking points for when you call.  Tell them:

  1. You are calling to ask them to support SB 193 and to encourage Chairwoman Cooper to give the bill a hearing in the Health and Human Services Committee.

  2. Georgia Life Alliance worked on this bill with the Department of Public Health to carefully tailor the language to fix the Positive Alternatives Grant Program.

  3. You know that the democrats are proposing amendments to the legislation that are unrelated to the purpose of the grant program.  Ask that the not adopt the amendments and pass the narrowly tailored clean-up bill SB 193 as it passed the senate.

  4. If you work with or support a pregnancy care center, tell them about the amazing work these organizations do and that this grant program will help them to expand their services around the state.  

  5. This is Georgia Life Alliance’s priority legislation for 2017 and the only specifically pro-life legislation to survive crossover day, the last day for a bill to cross between the senate and the house.  

If you have never called senator or representative, know that they work for you and they expect and appreciate your calls telling them what is important to you.  You are the reason they are there and they need to hear from you.

In the coming months, I will be able to let you know much more about the exciting plans for GLA’s future, but for now, with one week remaining in the legislative session, I’m asking you to join me in keeping our eyes on the ball, and getting SB 193 Positive Alternatives Grant Program Clean-Up Bill passed.

We have many friends of life who serve in the senate and the house.  They have very full plates right now, so help them see the importance of this bill that helps promote life; because without life, all of the other issues are meaningless.