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Georgians for Choice
Georgians for Choice
1974-2008 (bulk 1982-2006)
42 linear ft. (in 83
Formed in 1986, Georgians for Choice
brought together a number of women's organizations in an effort to greater
impact the protection and expansion of women's reproductive freedom in Georgia.
The records consist of correspondence and printed material, as well as minutes
and agendas, financial records, legal records, photographs, audio-visual
records, and artifacts including textiles, that document the legislative,
organizational, advocacy, and educational work of the organization.
Organization of the Georgians for Choice records
Organized into 15 series:
Series I. Administrative Files
Series II. Legislative Files
Series III. Election Files
Series IV. Legal Files
Series V. Campaigns and Projects Files
Series VI. Office Files
Series VII. Media and Publicity Files
Series VIII. Events Files
Series IX. Training Files
Series X. Development Files
Series XI. Coalition Files
Series XII. "Anti"-Files
Series XIII. Subject Files
Series XIV. Audio-Visual & Visual Materials
Series XV. Artifacts & Textiles
Scope and Content of the Records
Correspondence and printed material, as well as minutes and agendas,
financial records, legal records, photographs, audio-visual records, and
artifacts including textiles, 1974-2006 (bulk 1982-2006), document the
legislative, organizational, advocacy, and educational work of Georgians for
Choice to preserve reproductive choice in the state. Reference material
documents legal issues, legislation, and various other organizations
representing pro-choice and pro-life viewpoints. The Georgians for Choice
records also contain materials relating to the administration, fundraising, and
manangement of the coalition-based non-profit.
History of Georgians for Choice
Formed in 1986, Georgians for Choice brought together 16 women's
organizations in an effort to greater impact the protection and expansion of
women's reproductive freedom in Georgia. Over time, Georgians for Choice grew
to become to a 45 member coalition. Membership in Georgians for Choice was open
to any organization supporting the coalition's mission and goals. Each
organization paid a membership fee based on its total budget. However, no
organization was denied membership due to an inability to pay dues. Additional
financial support for the coalition came from special events, individual
donations, organizational donations (special appeals), and foundations.
Georgians for Choice strove for diversity in both its membership and
leadership, and in its selection of its steering committee, worked to ensure
that members represented varied geographic regions and included women of color,
organizations of faith, social services, the women's legal community, health
care providers, educational organizations, and gay and lesbian
Serving as a clearinghouse for members, Georgians for Choice
functioned as a centralized source for media referrals; had a video library on
women's reproductive health issues; provided timely information on state and
national legislation; provided a quarterly newsletter with state, regional, and
national events; provided speakers for panels and forums; monitored clinic
violence; provided clinic escorts and training; testified before state
legislative committees; and conducted in-district and Washington meetings with
members of Congress. GFC invested a great deal of energy in its Candidate
Report Card, which provided voters with information on national, statewide, and
local candidates for public office and their positions on reproductive rights.
It also helped connect women seeking reproductive services to care providers
who offered family planning, abortion, pregnancy care, adoption services, and
In 2008 Georgians For Choice changed its name to SPARK Reproductive
Justice NOW and its mission to "collaborate with individuals and communities to
build and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia by
developing and sharing a radical analysis in order to shift culture; mobilizing
in response to immediate threats and; organizing for long term systemic
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Vuley, Errin J.
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Birth control--Catholic Church
Dilatation and extraction abortion--Law and legislation
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Planned Parenthood-World Population (U.S.). Center for Family
Planning Program Development
movement--Political aspects--United States
Pro-life movement--Moral and ethical aspects--United States.
Pro-life movement--Political aspects--United States
Pro-life movement--United States--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Reproductive rights and policy
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted--ethics--United States.
Right to life--Moral and ethical aspects
Right-to-life movement (Anti-abortion movement)
Women political activists
Restrictions on Access
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
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holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Georgians for Choice Records,
W078, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and
Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Georgians for Choice
Processed by Amanda Pellerin and Hilary Morrish, 2009-2010.
Related materials in this repository:
NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia Records (W072)
Nancy Boothe Papers (W079)
Planned Parenthood Southeast Records (W084)
Separated material: During processing,
printed materials such as periodicals and pamphlets, were separated to Women's
Printed Collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed
Description of the Collection.