Planned Parenthood Announces It Will Fight Any Texas-Style “Heartbeat” Legislation in Arkansas

Above: Planned Parenthood’s chemical abortion facility in Little Rock.

According to the Arkansas Times, this week Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes announced it will strongly oppose any effort to introduce a pro-life heartbeat law at the Arkansas Legislature like the one recently enacted in Texas.

The Texas law generally prohibits abortion after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected. As a result of the law, abortion facilities in Texas have been closed for the past several weeks.

If Arkansas does not pass a Texas-style heartbeat law, then we could see more women travel to Little Rock from out-of-state for abortions — much like we did during the COVID-19 shutdowns in 2020.

Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) has indicated that he hopes to introduce a Texas-style heartbeat law during an upcoming special session of the Arkansas Legislature. Sen. Rapert successfully secured passage of a heartbeat law in 2013, but the federal courts struck down most of that law.

Planned Parenthood operates two facilities in Arkansas.

The Little Rock facility performs drug-induced abortions that poison unborn children in the womb. Planned Parenthood recently opened a center in Rogers, and has said it hopes that location will be licensed to perform abortions by the end of this year.

Planned Parenthood’s strategy for opposing a Texas-style heartbeat measure in Arkansas appears to be threefold:

  1. Launching an aggressive statewide campaign to defeat any Texas-style heartbeat law in Arkansas.
  2. Communicating with more than 20,000 Arkansans about the legislation.
  3. Hosting events across the state to oppose the legislation.

Planned Parenthood’s statement indicates it has hired additional staff to carry out its agenda in Arkansas.

Planned Parenthood almost certainly faces an uphill battle when it comes to opposing pro-life legislation in Arkansas.

This year the state legislature passed more pro-life laws than any other state in America — including a law that prohibits virtually all abortions in Arkansas — despite opposition from Planned Parenthood and others. These new laws could save thousands of women and unborn children from abortion for years to come.

Public opinion polling shows Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life, and most believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances.

Arkansas’ abortion numbers have been in decline since the 1990s. In fact, as of last year the number of abortions performed annually in Arkansas remains near historic lows.

Slowly but surely Arkansans are winning the fight to end abortion.

Planned Parenthood Looks for Rapid Response Organizers in Little Rock, Fayetteville

Planned Parenthood wants to hire rapid response organizers to develop and execute grassroots operations in central and northwest Arkansas, according to a recent job listing.

The abortion giant reportedly is looking for individuals who can operate statewide, with a special focus on Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline, Lonoke, Washington and Benton counties.

The job listing indicates that rapid response organizers will help recruit, train, and support volunteers and interact on school campuses and with students.

The position apparently will be temporary, for the month of October.

The announcement comes as Planned Parenthood ramps up its work in Northwest Arkansas and continues to perform drug-induced abortions at its center in Little Rock.

While it seems like Planned Parenthood intends to mobilize volunteers in Arkansas, pro-lifers are on the move as well.

40 Days for Life is happening right now, with volunteers praying daily outside Planned Parenthood’s facilities in Little Rock and Rogers.

Multiple rallies and events have taken place outside the Rogers Planned Parenthood facility in recent weeks.

Life Chain events will take place in Arkansas this Sunday.

Pro-lifers are working to open new pregnancy resource centers in Little Rock and Rogers — right next door to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas’ abortion numbers remain near historic lows.

And public opinion polling shows most Arkansans believe abortion ought to be completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances.

Slowly but surely, Arkansas is winning the fight to against abortion.

Lawmakers, Community Leaders, Citizens Rally Against Abortion in Northwest Arkansas

Pro-lifers gathered outside Planned Parenthood in Rogers on Sunday, September 19.

On Sunday afternoon some 300 pro-life legislators, community leaders, and citizens rallied outside of Planned Parenthood’s new facility at 1222 West Poplar Street in Rogers.

Pro-lifers at the event heard from different leaders in the state and community who oppose abortion.

The Rogers center opened last week, and Planned Parenthood has said that it hopes the 7,900 square foot facility will be licensed to perform abortions by the end of this year.

In the meantime, the nation’s largest abortion provider is offering abortion referrals at the location — but pro-lifers are on the move.

Besides last Sunday’s gathering, on September 12 an estimated 250 pro-lifers met to pray at the facility.

On September 14 many gathered throughout the day to pray and raise awareness about what Planned Parenthood is doing at the facility.

Pro-lifers will begin 40 Days for Life this Wednesday. This event will consist of 40 days of daily prayer outside Planned Parenthood’s facilities in Rogers and Little Rock.

On October 3, pro-lifers will participate in the annual Life Chain event outside Planned Parenthood.

You can see additional photos from Sunday’s gathering on the Family Council Facebook page here.

Above: Pro-lifers stand against abortion outside Planned Parenthood in Rogers on Tuesday, September 14.