The Family Policy Alliance of Georgia did yeoman’s work getting the fetal heartbeat legislation passed in the Georgia General Assembly. Cole Muzio, the organization’s executive director, ran interference, held behind the scenes meetings, and got legislators in both houses of Georgia’s General Assembly talking to each other.
The FPA helped shape the parameters of the legislation and the battleground on which it was fought.
Joining FPA in its work was the Georgia Life Alliance, which maintains a pro-life scorecard, has built a reputation of being reasonable, and then leveraged that reputation to demand action on the fetal heartbeat legislation.
There’s a third pro-life group in Georgia and it used to be the most influential. That would be Georgia Right to Life. This pro-life organization actively opposed the fetal heartbeat legislation. Its position was that it would be better for the legislation to fail than to pass because there were exceptions for rape and incest in the legislation. Unlike Alabama or Louisiana, those excepts were a necessary compromise to get some wayward Republicans across the finish line.
Had Georgia Right to Life gotten its way, it would have killed the legislation.
Of the three, groups, I’ll give you one guess about which one is fundraising off passage of the fetal heartbeat legislation. Reading the emails calling for people to sign its petition against Netflix and asking for donations, you’d never know that Georgia Right to Life opposed the legislation. It is grifting off the work of other organizations. Its continued existence is a reminder that conservatives must be ever vigilant against being taken advantage of by organizations that have long sense outlived their usefulness.