A Letter From Emily Matson

Friends of Georgia Life Alliance,

2017 has started with a whirl! We want to begin the year with another grateful “thank you” for all you have done to join us in growing a culture of life in Georgia! Last year we saw pro-life legislation passed, generous financial support of our efforts, and great strides made in spreading the pro-life message.

We start 2017 with new talent, passion, and energy. I am happy to announce and introduce you to our new Executive Director Camila (Wright) Zolfaghari. An accomplished attorney and mother, she is competent to sift the complexity of the pro-life battle while empathizing with the heart issue of pregnancy and parenting. Camila previously served as chief prosecutor of human trafficking in Georgia for Attorney General Sam Olens and comes to us with a diverse and in-depth understanding of the moral battles raging in Georgia.

Lest you fear, I am not leaving GLA but am moving into the position of General Counsel. I look forward to using more of my legal skills in working alongside Camila and our Board of Directors. God has done so much through Georgia Life Alliance in such a short time and it continues to be a privilege to protect the unborn and promote the value and sanctity of human life.

I’d also like to take a moment to introduce our newest GLA Board Member, Mary Boyert. Mary has fought for the protection of the unborn in Georgia since 1978, having served as the President (1980-1986) and then Executive Director of Georgia Right to Life (1986-2000) and more recently as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Director (2000-2015). Mary’s patient methods, institutional history, and servant-spirit have achieved an unprecedented respect among the pro-life community, whether in the local parish or in the halls of the State Capitol. We are excited to welcome her to our team.

The 2017 Legislation Session has begun and we are in the trenches of improving the Positive Alternatives grant program and other efforts. We also watch with anticipation as our pro-life Georgia Congressman voted last week for a permanent Hyde Amendment and the new President ponders the appointment of a pro-life Supreme Court Justice. The national Pro-Life movement is hopeful – but prayerful.

Again, we could do none of this work without your support and prayers. I ask for your continued support as we move into 2017 and that you remain devoted to the mission of speaking on behalf of the unborn and voiceless.

Emily J Matson
General Counsel
Georgia Life Alliance