Arkansas Passes Bill Authorizing Monument for Unborn Children Lost to Abortion

On Tuesday the Arkansas House of Representatives passed S.B. 307 by Sen. Kim Hammer (R – Benton) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) authorizing a privately funded pro-life monument on the Arkansas Capitol Grounds.

Under S.B. 307, the monument would commemorate the 236,243 unborn children whose lives were lost in abortion from 1973 – 2022.

The bill establishes the monument “a constant reminder of our duty to protect the life of every innocent human person, no matter how young or old, or how helpless and vulnerable that person may be.”

S.B. 307 is a good measure that will help Arkansans honor and remember children lost to abortion. The bill now goes to Gov. Sanders to become law.

The Following Representatives Voted For S.B. 307

  • Achor
  • Andrews
  • Beaty Jr.
  • Beck
  • Bentley
  • S. Berry
  • Breaux
  • Brooks
  • M. Brown
  • Burkes
  • Joey Carr
  • John Carr
  • Cavenaugh
  • C. Cooper
  • Crawford
  • Duffield
  • Duke
  • Evans
  • C. Fite
  • L. Fite
  • Fortner
  • Furman
  • Gazaway
  • Haak
  • D. Hodges
  • G. Hodges
  • Holcomb
  • Hollowell
  • Jean
  • L. Johnson
  • Ladyman
  • Long
  • Lundstrum
  • Lynch
  • Maddox
  • J. Mayberry
  • McAlindon
  • McCollum
  • M. McElroy
  • B. McKenzie
  • McNair
  • S. Meeks
  • Milligan
  • Painter
  • Pearce
  • Pilkington
  • Ray
  • Richmond
  • Rose
  • Rye
  • Schulz
  • R. Scott Richardson
  • Steimel
  • Tosh
  • Underwood
  • Walker
  • Wing
  • Womack
  • Wooldridge
  • Wooten

The Following Representatives Voted Against S.B. 307

  • F. Allen
  • Clowney
  • A. Collins
  • Ennett
  • D. Ferguson
  • V. Flowers
  • D. Garner
  • Hudson
  • Magie
  • McCullough
  • J. Moore
  • Nicks
  • Perry
  • J. Richardson
  • Scott
  • T. Shephard
  • Springer
  • Unger
  • D. Whitaker

The Following Representatives Voted “Present” on S.B. 307

  • Barker
  • K. Brown
  • Cozart
  • Dalby
  • K. Ferguson
  • Gonzales
  • Hawk
  • McGrew
  • Puryear
  • Vaught
  • Warren

The Following Representatives Did Not Vote

  • M. Berry
  • Eaves
  • Eubanks
  • Gramlich*
  • McClure
  • Miller
  • K. Moore
  • Wardlaw
  • Watson
  • Mr. Speaker

*Rep. Gramlich was absent on Tuesday, and granted leave by Speaker Shepherd.

House Public Health Committee Defeats Bill That Would Weaken Arkansas’ Pro-Life Laws

Above: Family Council staff member Charisse Dean (right) testifies against H.B. 1301 in committee.

On Tuesday the House Public Health Committee defeated a bill that would weaken the state’s pro-life laws.

H.B. 1301 by Rep. Nicole Clowney (D – Fayetteville) would legalize abortion in cases of “fetal abnormality incompatible with life.”

Now that Roe v. Wade has been reversed, abortion is prohibited in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother. H.B. 1301 would undermine Arkansas’ good, pro-life laws.

Among other things, the bill does not define what is or is not a “fetal abnormality.” It is not clear how a federal judge might interpret this language.

Unborn children should not be aborted simply because a doctor thinks they may be at risk for a fetal abnormality.

That is part of the reason why Family Council strongly opposed this bill.

Arkansas Right to Life, Family Council, and many pro-lifers came out against H.B. 1301 at the legislature on Tuesday.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who took time to help stop this bad bill at the Arkansas Legislature, and we want to thank the members of the House Public Health Committee for upholding the state’s good, pro-life laws that are saving the lives of unborn children.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.