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Georgians for Choice:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

January 2008

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Amanda Brown and Hilary Morrish, 2008-2010.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Georgians for Choice
Title:Georgians for Choice Records
Dates: 1974-2008 (bulk 1982-2006)
Quantity: 42 linear ft. (in 83 boxes)
Abstract: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.
Identification: W078

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 organizations.

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 financial assistance.

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 change."

Index Terms

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.

Coop, Hilary
Flowers, Liz
Trent, Tina
Vuley, Errin J.
Abortion--Law and legislation--United States
Birth control
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
Pro-choice 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 freedom
Reproductive health.
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
bumper stickers
campaign materials
printed materials


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any 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 this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[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.

Acquisition Information

Georgians for Choice

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Pellerin and Hilary Morrish, 2009-2010.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository:

NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia Records (W072)

Nancy Boothe Papers (W079)

Planned Parenthood Southeast Records (W084)

Separated Material

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.

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