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GLA’s priority legislation to strengthen the Positive Alternatives Grant Program that funds services for mothers and children, and promotes healthy childbirth, received a positive vote on the Senate Floor and will proceed to the House.

This bill will help pregnancy centers provide services and resources for women and children for up to a year after a child is born. We are excited about the passage of the bill and will now turn our attention to its passage in the House. There are twelve more days in this legislative session.

Please contact your representative and ask them to support SB 193

Adoption – A Loving Option

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Talli Moellering – A Beacon of Hope

Guest Blog by Talli Moellering

As the leader of a Women’s Clinic there are times I’m with the general public and I’ll hear comments that really frustrate me. One of the highest on my list is when someone is talking about being adopted or choosing adoption as an option and they use words or phrases like “gave me up,” “put me up,” “gave we away,” “I was unwanted so my mom gave me to another family,” “my birth mom was messed up so she needed to get rid of me.”

Please know, I don’t want to discount your feelings. Your feelings and your experience is real and part of your story.

BUT! Abortion currently ranks as the #1 option over parenting or placing in our country. Why? Our culture. Perception. Lies! Words! Phrases! “Convenience”

(Parenting ranks #2)

There’s several reasons why the adoption number is so low but one main reason is our culture, the leaders of our community, and individuals speaking in front of thousands using terms like “she gave me up.”

Every adoption placement has a story. Some good. Some hard. But if we want to change the perception of adoption, and we do, for the sake of the unborn whose lives are in danger, those speaking in front of thousands need to select their words wisely.

Placing a child for adoption takes courage. Placing a child for adoption is selfless. Choosing to place a child from an unplanned pregnancy is an act of love. It’s not an unwanted pregnancy, someone wants this baby. Someone has been waiting for this baby.

What if a leader speaking in front of thousands would say, yes, my mom was messed up so she chose a very courageous, selfless act, she chose life, and she lovingly placed me into the hands of a wonderful family that could provide and care for me. A family that desperately wanted me. My guess, they had been praying over your arrival for years.

If it were said like this, perception would begin to change. The young girl in the audience dealing with an unplanned pregnancy would have just heard a positive related to adoption. Wow! Now she might consider it.

Come on leaders. Let’s learn positive, appropriate verbiage. Help us, the leaders in this field, on the front line, at least get the courageous option of adoption on the table.

It wasn’t the focus of the message but it was still heard, I would assume someone heard a negative connotation. I pray she walks into one of our clinics so we can share the beauty of the adoption option.

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Talli Moellering, the Director of A Beacon of Hope. Talli is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance educator, a Post Abortion Recovery Specialist with additional certification as a Crisis Pregnancy Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors.  She has worked within the field of sexual health and unplanned pregnancy for 20 years and travels regularly around the Southeast sharing the mission of A Beacon of Hope and speaking to parents and teens. Talli is the mom of three daughters ages 23, 20, and 17.  She and her husband David have been married for 25 years.”

 

See our two-part series from Adoption Month last year with Stephen Story of Covenant Care Adoption.
You can find it here

Less than a week after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention rolled up with its own share of political drama. While it is easy to get distracted by these exciting developments, it is important for us in the pro-life movement to also keep an eye on the policy platforms of both major political parties.

A closer look at the platform of the Democratic National Convention will unveil the party leadership’s hardline stance against unborn life. As we have highlighted recently, this platform is the most pro-abortion platform in the history of the Democratic Party.

From the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 platform:

 “Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion…”

 Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, in her acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention endorsed this party platform by saying, “We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

Something important to note in this platform – the omission of the word “rare” from the phrase “safe, legal and rare abortions.” In 2008, Hillary Clinton frequently stated that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” On more than one occasion, Clinton would go on to emphasize, “and by rare, I mean rare.” Quite interestingly, both Clinton and her party have completely omitted their “rare” qualifier for abortions. It seems there is just too much money to be made for those willing to perform the gruesome procedure to support abortion only in “rare” occasions and Planned Parenthood stays financially involved and supportive of candidates who support it.

The Democrats’ staunch pro-abortion stance was further reinforced when they gave Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards a prime-time speaking slot at their convention. Yes, Planned Parenthood is the same organization that has been in the news lately for selling body parts of dead babies and who receive over $500,000 of your federal tax money annually to support their money-making business.

The Democratic Party’s harsh and extreme stance against life has only served to alienate millions of its own pro-life members. According to Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, “The Democratic Party’s abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording…Abortion is also among the reasons Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives. In the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats held the majority of seats until Republicans were able to associate the Affordable Care Act with “the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.”

Growing a pro-life culture in Georgia requires the presence of strong pro-life leaders in both our major parties. We at the Georgia Life Alliance are grieved by the Democratic Party’s staunch pro-abortion stance. We encourage pro-life Democrats to stand up to their party’s divisive leadership on the issue of Life!

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For the Georgia Life Alliance article about the Pro-life Platform adopted at the National Republican Convention, CLICK HERE.

For more about the Democrat National Platform on abortion, see this posting from NRL News.
Georgia Life Alliance has been the Georgia Affiliate of National Right to Life since 2014.

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