WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, today voted to seat the Georgia Life Alliance as its official NRLC affiliate for the state of Georgia, replacing Georgia Right to Life in that capacity.
In response to the actions by the board of directors, the following may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life:
National Right to Life looks forward to working with the Georgia Life Alliance, and with grassroots pro-life citizens throughout Georgia, to advance the pro-life cause in Georgia and nationwide. Georgia Life Alliance has assembled a diverse group of seasoned pro-life activists to steer their efforts on behalf of life in Georgia.
There is a single National Right to Life affiliate in each state, which sends a director to the national Board. It is rare for a longstanding state affiliate to be replaced on the Board, and it is action never undertaken lightly. However, Georgia Right to Life last year demanded that members of the U.S. House of Representatives vote against National Right to Life’s top-priority federal legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and subsequently praised some House members who did in fact join with pro-abortion congressmen to vote against that landmark bill.
Fortunately, only two members of the U.S. House delegation from Georgia heeded this destructive counsel and voted against the bill, but the episode demonstrated that Georgia Right to Life was willing to seek defeat of National Right to Life priority federal legislation. Furthermore, this year Georgia Right to Life praised a U.S. House member for not voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a bill to strengthen and expand prohibitions on federal funding of abortion – another another top legislative priority for National Right to Life
In short, by its own actions, Georgia Right to Life ruptured its relationship with National Right to Life.
National Right to Life and its affiliates seek to restore legal protection for all unborn children from the moment of their conception. Until the Supreme Court allows broad protections for unborn children, we work to protect as many children as possible by passing the strongest possible laws at the state and federal level. That legislative strategy has helped save millions of lives – and continues to save lives today.
Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.