Georgia Right to Life affiliation challenged

A Norcross pro-life organization may lose its position as Georgia’s representative to the National Right to Life Board.

Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker said the organization was disappointed to learn that a group called “Georgia Life Alliance” planned to seek to replace GRTL during the national board’s meeting this weekend.

GRTL, which is based out of offices on Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross, has been the Georgia affiliate of the National Right to Life Board since 1971, a press release said.

“This newly formed organization claims it will do a better job of promoting, pursuing and achieving the primary goals of National Right to Life (NRLC).” Becker said. “That’s unbelievable since our guiding principles are the same as NRLC’s.”

A website for Georgia Life Alliance listed a P.O. box in Rome, Ga. but no other information for the organization. An official with the Secretary of State’s said the organization is registered as a nonprofit, but contact information was not available on the office’s website.

But Becker said he hopes his group’s status remains due to its success, including consistently ranking high among the most protective states in the nation with Americans United for Life.

Since 2005, the organization has played a role in the Georgia Legislature’s passage of nine pro-life bills, including a bill passed last week that prohibits taxpayer funds for paying for abortion services in the state, whether under the Affordable Care Act or through health insurance for state employees.

“Georgia Right to Life is creating momentum for the kind of pro-life movement that will not waver or bend in the protection of innocent human life,” Becker said. “GRTL is proving that a principled approach not only reflects our moral obligation but also demonstrates a pragmatic path to victory.”