Thursday, January 5, 2023

Little Rock, Ark. — On Thursday Americans United for Life announced that Arkansas is the most pro-life state in America for the third year in a row. The pro-life organization ranks all fifty states based on state laws protecting the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “This is incredible news. Arkansas has the best laws in the nation when it comes to protecting innocent human life from conception until natural death. Arkansans should be proud of their state legislators for enacting such good laws. That’s something to celebrate.”

Cox said that keeping Arkansas the most pro-life state in America has taken a lot of work by many different people. “By working together, Arkansans have helped Arkansas remain the most pro-life state in the country. Arkansas Right to Life has been fighting abortion for over forty years, and Family Council has been at it for more than thirty years. Arkansas’ General Assembly has passed at least forty-seven good, pro-life laws since 2011. Ministers, churches, elected officials, pregnancy resource centers, and everyday Arkansans all have worked tirelessly to make Arkansas the pro-life state that it is today.”

Cox pointed out that Arkansas law generally prohibits abortion, and most Arkansans do not support abortion on demand. “It’s great to be the nation’s most pro-life state, but it’s even better that Arkansas has stopped aborting unborn children. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed Roe v. Wade, abortion is prohibited in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother. Even before that law went into effect, abortion in Arkansas had plummeted to historic lows. Public opinion polling has shown for years that Arkansans do not support abortion on demand, and more than forty pregnancy resource centers around the state help women and girls with unplanned pregnancies. Arkansas is a pro-life state, because Arkansans themselves are incredibly pro-life.”

Cox said even though Arkansas is the most pro-life state in the country, pro-life efforts are far from over. “Being pro-life is about much more than opposing abortion. It’s about protecting innocent human life at all stages from conception until natural death. We look forward to continuing to defend the sanctity of human life in Arkansas.”