Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that allows the state to provide funds to centers that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions.
About 70 facilities in Georgia could qualify for the grant. About 40 of those centers are licensed to provide medical care, while the rest provide other services, including clothing and other supplies.
Georgia joins at least 10 other states that have dedicated funding to anti-abortion efforts, according to the pro-choice group, the Guttmacher Institute.
Grant opponents say the centers use deceptive advertising to draw pregnant women. They also argue that state anti-abortion funding could be used instead to finance sex education or counseling programs.
According to state records, about 27,500 abortions were performed in Georgia in 2013, the latest year for which date were available.
The budget proposal includes $2 million for the program. Deal is still reviewing it, and has until this week to decide on a final spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.