by Steven Ertelt
February 27, 2008
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — With every little bit of bad news, there’s always something good on the other side. That’s the attitude Georgia Right to Life has. The pro-life group saw its personhood amendment lose at the state legislature, but it is now the recipient of a $150,000 grant that will go towards airing television commercials directing women to pregnancy help.
Georgia Right to Life tells LifeNews.com that its educational trust fund has received the grant from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation. The funds will be used to air pro-life ads on television, the Internet, and Yellow Pages.
"We are honored to partner with Georgia Right to Life in supporting their mission to restore respect for life," Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation Frank Upchurch said.
"We’re committed to working with great organizations like Georgia Right to Life; we support the worth and dignity of each human being regardless of social or economic status," he added.
Though GRTL has been responsible for legislation that has resulted in a strong reduction of abortions in the southern state, the group says its greatest challenge is education.
In the past several years the group has aired television commercials giving women real alternatives to abortion and connecting them with a national hotline (1-800-395-HELP) that connects them with local pregnancy centers.
Consistently the pregnancy centers in the Atlanta media market are ranked in the top nationwide for the most calls to the hotline. In 2006 more calls (19,677) came into Georgia than any other state in the country.
Of the 200,000 calls generated into Option Line in 2007, over 25,000 calls were to centers in Georgia, which represents 13 percent of the entire nation’s phone calls.
Caryl Swift, past president of Georgia Right to Life, told LifeNews.com that the commercials help "restore fundamental moral values in Georgia as we influence the general public on the issues of abortion."
She said the grant will help the group realize a "significant increase in clients in local pregnancy centers, more women choosing life for their babies, and the abortion rate continuing to drop."
Related web sites:
Georgia Right to Life – https://www.grtl.org