Jul 7, 2022
Meet Talli Moellering. For the last 13 years, she has been the executive director for A Beacon of Hope, a metro Atlanta-based organization that assists women facing unplanned pregnancies — and particularly women who feel that abortion is their best or only option.
In the light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which had the effect of overturning the 1973 precedent-forming case Roe v. Wade, Talli provides expert insights into what it will mean. No matter which side of the abortion debate you favor, she says, the only true victory is when pregnant women are addressed and treated with compassion.
“There’s no way we can just focus on the baby,” Talli says. “The only chance that we have of saving the life of the pre-born is if the mother feels heard and cared for. That’s what the focus needs to be.”
Talli wrote “Let’s Talk About Sex,” a book which has become a tool for parents. Published in 2015, the book is based on Talli’s 20-plus years of teaching sexual health education in private and public schools.
A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, Talli leads a team of 18 employees and 25 volunteers at A Beacon of Hope. They strive to ensure that every patient who enters her clinics in Decatur and Johns Creek feels safe, and is informed, prior to making a choice.
Talli has been married to David for 32 years and they’ve considered Atlanta home since moving from the Midwest 20 years ago. The Moellerings have three married daughters, three grandchildren, and two grand dogs, all of whom live in Georgia.