Fayetteville City Council to Consider Revised Proposal Allowing Public Drinking

The Fayetteville City Council will revisit a proposal to allow public drinking in much of downtown, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Act 812 of 2019 by Sen. Trent Garner (R – El Dorado) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) lets cities create “entertainment districts” where alcohol can be carried and consumed publicly on streets and sidewalks.

These districts can be permanent or temporary, under Act 812.

The Fayetteville City Council tabled a proposal to permit public drinking downtown last October following concerns raised by businesses in the area.

The revised proposal up for consideration tonight still would allow public drinking throughout much of downtown as well as at certain events.

You can find the proposed ordinance as well as comments from the Fayetteville city staff here.

As we have continued to say for more than a year, public drinking is a scourge on the community.

It raises serious concerns about drunk driving and public safety.

Public drinking doesn’t attract new businesses or bolster the economy.

It hurts neighborhoods and families.

That’s why Family Council has put together a free toolkit to help citizens oppose these public drinking districts.

Our toolkit contains talking points, information about problems public drinking has caused in other states, photographs of public drinking districts elsewhere around the country, and other resources you can use to fight public drinking in your community.

Click here to download our free toolkit.

Report Shows Arkansas Winning Fight Against Abortion

Yesterday we reported that Arkansas’ abortion numbers have fallen to a 43-year low, according to documents released by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Today we want to delve a little more into those numbers.

On Monday the state Health Department released three reports regarding abortion in Arkansas:

Here’s a glimpse into what these reports reveal:

  • There were 2,963 abortions performed in Arkansas last year.
  • Abortion in Arkansas has fallen to its lowest levels since 1977.
  • Most of the women who had abortions last year probably were single moms.
  • More than 500 women chose not to have abortions after receiving the informed-consent information required by state law.
  • Surgical abortion dropped to historic lows while chemical abortion (RU-486) hit an all-time high in 2019.
  • Teen abortion dropped to the lowest levels our office has on record.

Over the coming days we plan to release additional information further analyzing these reports.

In the meantime, here is something important to take away from all of this:

Abortion in Arkansas has continued to decline year after year.

Arkansas has passed excellent pro-life laws, and these reports show those laws are saving lives.

Slowly but surely we are winning the fight to protect unborn children.

Abortion in Arkansas Hits 43-Year Low

Monday, June 1, 2020

Little Rock, Ark. — On Monday the Arkansas Department of Health released its annual reports on the number of abortions performed in the state.

The reports show that 2,963 abortions occurred in Arkansas in 2019.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “Arkansas’ abortion numbers haven’t been this low since 1977. The fact that Arkansas’ abortion numbers continue to fall year after year is really good news.”

Cox said the number of abortions performed in Arkansas have been cut by more than half since the 1990s. “In 1991 there were nearly 7,000 abortions in Arkansas. Teen abortion fell to record lows last year. Across the board, abortion is on the decline in Arkansas.”

Cox said the reports show Arkansas’ informed-consent laws have helped women choose options besides abortion. “Arkansas has excellent laws that require abortionists to give women all the facts about abortion up front, including abortion’s risks, consequences, and alternatives. They also have to give women time to consider all options before making a final decision. We estimate from these reports that more than 500 women chose not to have abortions last year after receiving this information.”

Cox said his group will continue working to end abortion in Arkansas. “Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life. Public opinion polling shows most Arkansans believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances. In the past five years the Arkansas Legislature has enacted more than two dozen good, pro-life laws. These reports from the Department of Health simply go to show that all of that pro-life work is paying off.”