Georgia Right to Life

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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 supporters, the larger prolife community, to inform government officials of pro-life policy and to provide resources to other non-governmental organizations regarding "What is a person?".

Contact information

Mailing address:
Georgia Right to Life
783 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Norcross, GA 30071


Phone: 770-339-6880


Organization details

EIN: 581400256

CEO/President: Ricardo Davis


Board size: 0


Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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.

Mission statement

The fundamental purpose of Georgia Right to Life is to engage in actions that will restore respect and effective legal protection for all innocent human beings from earliest biological beginning until natural death.

Statement of faith

Georgia Right to Life is a Christian organization and as such subscribes to the following:

We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God has eternally existed as God without beginning or end.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and was true Man and is true God.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, is a distinct personality, eternally coexistent with the Father and the Son, whose basic task is to convict sinners, regenerate those who believe, and empower believers to live godly lives and in every way glorify the Father and the Son through His indwelling presence.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which was eternal separation from God and is upon all men. We believe people inherit and are born with a sinful and corrupted nature and also inherit the guilt of Adam's sin.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected in body, ascended into Heaven, presently lives there for us as High Priest and Advocate, and that He will personally, physically return to earth.

We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust, the just to the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the unjust to the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

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Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating811 of 102236 of 41
Fund acquisition rating902 of 102439 of 41
Resource allocation rating796 of 102435 of 41
Asset utilization rating365 of 102214 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$33,950$8,721$20,379$29,304$50,495
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$33,950$8,721$20,379$29,304$50,495
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$11,905$9,069$12,376
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$11,905$9,069$12,376
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$12,978$1,813$11,905$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$12,978$1,813$11,905$0$0
Total liabilities$12,978$1,813$23,810$9,069$12,376
Net assets20202019201820172014
Without donor restrictions$20,972($1,662)$8,474$20,235$0
With donor restrictions$0$8,570$0$0$0
Net assets$20,972$6,908($3,431)$20,235$38,119
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$80,383$110,268$186,317$241,863$0
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$208,154
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$181$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$181$0$0$208,154
Total revenue$80,383$110,449$186,317$241,863$208,154
Program services$47,468$120,330$148,622$151,053$125,926
Management and general$5,393$7,052$14,288$15,289$12,448
Total expenses$66,319$144,793$198,078$203,870$174,968
Change in net assets20202019201820172014
Surplus (deficit)$14,064($34,344)($11,761)$37,993$33,186
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$14,064($34,344)($11,761)$37,993$33,186


Zemmie FleckExecutive Director$15,967
Gen WilsonDirector of Chapter Developme$11,447

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Georgia Right to Life, which was originally titled the Georgia Right to Life Committee, was established in 1970. The organization changed its name to Georgia Right to Life in the mid-1980s. Its first major action was a letter-writing campaign in the same year. The campaign encouraged Georgians to vote for pro-life candidates. By 1971, the Georgia Right to Life Committee was incorporated and became a member of the National Right to Life Coalition. An office was set up in the garage of the Bowman's home and volunteers helped mail packets of information and a newsletter to thousands of Georgians. Several months later, Georgia Right to Life began establishing local chapters in other parts of the state.

In 1973, Georgia Right to Life launched a pro-life campaign in reaction to the Supreme Court case Roe v Wade which was decided on January 22, 1973. The Bowmans appeared on television and radio programs as speakers on abortion and other pro-life issues. Jay Bowman appeared in the "hot seat" on the WAGA show "Confrontation" and Cheryl Bowman appeared on WSB-TV's "Today in Georgia." The group gained national recognition when an article about Georgia Right to Life was printed in a 1975 issue of "Newsweek". The organization eventually relocated its office to Decatur, Georgia.

The Bowmans left Georgia Right to Life in the late 1970s. Mary Boyert joined GRTL's executive committee in 1978. She served as the Education Director from 1979-1980. She was elected president of the organization in 1980. She served for three consecutive terms (1980-1986). After her third and final term, Ms. Boyert was appointed to the Executive Director position in late 1986. She held that post until being appointed the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Director in 2000. Ms. Boyert established the Georgia Right to Life Executive Committee, the Georgia Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, and the Georgia Right to Life Political Action Committee. Under Ms. Boyert's presidency, local chapters were founded and the organization's bimonthly newsletter. By the 1990s, 225,000 pro-life households identified with the organization.

In 2000, president-elect Caryl Swift and the State Board of Directors voted to reverse the organization's position on politicians; views on abortion in regard to rape and incest. Previously to 1999, Georgia Right to Life did not disqualify elected public officials from receiving an endorsement from the organization if they held an exception for abortion in favor of rape and incest victims. Caryl Swift and the Executive Committee reversed this position. All politicians who hold an abortion exception for rape and incest can no longer qualify for and endorsement from the GRTL Political Action Committee.

In 2000, Caryl Swift was elected to the presidency of Georgia Right to Life. She held the position from 2000-2007. Under Ms. Swift, GRTL began lobbying for Georgia state representatives and proposed legislation. In the last few years, GRTL has publicly endorsed Casey Cagle, Ralph Reed, Paul Broun, and Mac Collins for higher political office. Current United States Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) did not receive an endorsement from Georgia Right to Life in the 2004 midterm elections.

The REACH Benefit Dinner was first established in 2001 by the Swift administration. REACH, which is an acronym for Reaching Hearts, Changing Minds, is an annual fundraiser for Georgia Right to Life's Educational Trust Fund.

Under Ms. Swift's presidency, Georgia Right to Life was able to successfully lobby the General Assembly on HB 197 in 2006. The bill created a 24 hour waiting period for all women seeking an abortion, tightened parental notification regulations, mandated that all women seeking abortion be offered the chance to view an ultrasound, and mandated all women seeking abortion be informed about fetal pain.

By unanimous vote by the State Board, GRTL, Inc. became a faith-based organization in 2007. Georgia Right to Life is a philanthropic Judeo-Christian organization which is legally recognized as a not-for-profit.

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