“What we do is we just protect life from conception to natural death,” said Hannah Nichols, who is leading the chapter with her husband, Jeremy. “So what we’re trying to do is just let people be aware of the things that are going on and just try to get the word out. I feel that it’s important to re-establish it in Bartow County because we haven’t had one in 15 years and a lot of people don’t really understand what a pro-life group is.
“They understand what pro-choice means but they don’t understand what pro-life is. So a lot of things that are happening and going on in our country, people don’t see. If they don’t run it in the headlines, people don’t understand all that’s going on toward abortion and not just abortion but the elderly and things like that. So we want to get everybody aware.”
Spearheaded by the Cartersville couple, the local chapter is holding its reinstatement meeting Thursday, 7 p.m., at The Gate Coffee Bar & Cafe, 952 N. Tennessee St., Cartersville. Open to the public, the gathering also will feature guest speaker Mike Griffin, vice president for Georgia Right to Life.
According to Georgia Right to Life’s website, www.grtl.org, “The aim of Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) is to communicate that a human person is sacred by virtue of the fact that we are created in the image of a personal benevolent God. This means that all human life must be respected and protected regardless of race, sex, age or condition of dependency. We seek to educate our grassroot pro-life community, to inform government officials of pro-life policy and to provide resources to other non-governmental organizations regarding ‘What is a person?’
“... Georgia Right to Life Committee (GRTL) is a faith-based, non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose fundamental purpose is to engage in actions that will restore respect and effective legal protection for all human beings from the moment of fertilization until natural death.”
While the Bartow chapter still is in the early stages, Hannah Nichols said the organizers have various long-term goals, such as securing a building, offering programs and services, and holding monthly meetings for the public.
“I feel it’s a burden that I have on my heart — for these babies and for these women — that the Lord has given me,” she said. “... I started out wanting to do a Walk for Life in Bartow County. My name just got passed around and eventually got to someone who said, ‘Hey, we need a chapter leader. Do you want to do it?’ So God just sort of laid it in my lap.”
For more information about Bartow Right to Life, visit its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BartowRightToLife, or call Nichols at 770-608-7139.