Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Signs Positive Alternatives Grant Program Bill

By Kristina Twitty


Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 308, funding pregnancy centers through a state grant Photo Courtesy: Kristina Twitty, Georgia Life Alliance

ATLANTA– Georgia Life Alliance Committee proudly attended today’s signing of Senate Bill 308 by Gov. Nathan Deal.

S.B. 308 establishes the “Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy and Parenting Grant Program.” Georgia Life Alliance Committee praises and thanks state Senator Renee Unterman for championing this exciting and positive approach to saving the unborn.

The grant will provide $2 million in funding for pregnancy support services throughout the state which are offered for no charge by non-profits committed to helping women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Positive Alternatives is a proven program in approximately 8 to 10 states across the country,” said Executive Director Emily Matson.

“This grant program helps to expand the established success of our non-profit Pregnancy Resource Centers which have existed for over forty years and which give women free care and support as they face unplanned pregnancies. By creating this grant program, we are offering Georgia’s women true and genuine support as they make choices regarding their unborn babies. Our Pregnancy Resource Centers and Pregnancy Medical Clinics provide the perfect alternative to the profit-motivated abortion clinics where our women are solely a number and a payment.”

SB 308 received impressive support through the 2016 General Assembly. The Senate Republican Caucus made it a priority and the measure passed both chambers by a wide margin.

The 2017 budget provides an initial funding of $2 million. Georgia has approximately 70 Pregnancy Resource Centers which may apply for the grant, and which provide care and support for over 25,000 women each year.

Georgia Life Alliance is the Georgia affiliate of National Right to Life.