In 1979, John Denver recorded these words in the Christmas song, “When the River Meets the Sea.”

Like a baby when it is sleeping in its loving mother’s arms,

What a newborn baby dreams is a mystery.

But his life will find a purpose and in time he’ll understand

When the river meets the sea.

I don’t know if newborn babies dream about Christmas, but this year Family Council estimates that as many as a thousand babies will live to see their first Christmas thanks to pro-life laws you have helped us support. Those laws saved them from being aborted this year.

On June 24 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic Dobbs v. Jackson decision overturning the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey abortion decisions from 1973 and 1992. Within a matter of hours, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified that Arkansas’ law generally prohibiting abortion was in full effect. Planned Parenthood and Little Rock Family Planning Services immediately stopped performing abortions.

In recent years, Arkansas has aborted, on average, approximately 3,000 unborn children annually. Given that history, Family Council estimates that as many as one thousand unborn children were saved from abortion from June 24 through today.

To put it another way, those baby girls and boys will get to live, be born, and celebrate their first Christmas because of Arkansas’s pro-life laws. In January we expect that some lawmakers will come to the Capitol Building in Little Rock with plans to weaken those good laws. We cannot let that happen.

If our pro-life laws remain in effect, they will save as many as 3,000 children from abortion in 2023. We must continue to stand for life. If we do, thousands of other babies can live to enjoy Christmas this year, next year — and for many more Christmases to come