February 20, 2013 | Posted in Legislature | By

Rep Bob Ballinger presented a bill before the House Public Health Committee that allows a pregnant woman to use deadly force in defending her unborn child from an attack. The bill passed on a voice vote.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Ballinger and Sen. Gary Stubblefield that allows a pregnant woman to defend her unborn child against an assailant and use deadly force to protect her baby if necessary.

Family Council Director Jerry Cox, left, with Danny Gunderman of Maumelle at the House Public Health Committee hearing on two pro-life bills. Gunderman represents Americans United for Life at the State Capitol.

Dorcas Van Gilst with the Dorcas House women’s shelter in Little Rock with Kathie Archer, Sarah Bean, and Jerry Cox at the Capitol after passage of a pro-life bill that allows a pregnant woman to use force to defend her unborn child from an attacker.

Alan Talburt, left, regional director of the Families First Foundation and Family Council director Jerry Cox at the State Capitol.

The House Public Health Committee listened to debate over a pro-life bill that bans most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.  The bill passed on a voice vote, but was re-referred to the House Public Health that same afternoon for a roll call vote in which the bill passed with 11 votes.

Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway, left, and Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton present SB 134, a bill that will prevent most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy. The House Public Health Committee passed the bill on a voice vote that morning. Controversy erupted over how the voice vote was taken.  The bill was returned to the committee that afternoon for a roll call vote.  The bill passed.

Rep. Ann Clemmer and Sen. Jason Rapert presented a bill that prevents most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.  The bill passed as representatives from the ACLU look on.

Andrew DeMillo of Associated Press, Sara Wire of the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, and David Goins of Fox 16 TV News covered the House Public Health Committee as two strong pro-life bills.  One by Rep. Andy Mayberry bans abortions after the baby can feel pain and the other by Sen. Jason Rapert bans most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.