Family Council Unveils Three-Pronged Plan Now That Roe is Reversed

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.

The court’s decision means states are now free to enact their own pro-life laws.

Pro-lifers in Arkansas have spent decades preparing for this day.

Now the pro-life movement needs to shift its focus from the fight to make abortion illegal to the effort to make it irrelevant.

Family Council has put together a three-pronged plan for moving forward in Arkansas now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

Here is a snapshot of what we hope to accomplish:

Encourage the Enforcement of Existing Pro-Life Laws

Since 2011 Arkansas has passed at least 44 excellent, pro-life measures — including Act 180 of 2019 generally prohibiting abortion in Arkansas after the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Arkansas needs to enforce these good laws to protect women and unborn children from abortion.

Work With Members of the General Assembly to Pass Any Additional Laws Necessary to End Abortion

It’s possible that Arkansas needs to pass additional legislation to address technicalities in our existing pro-life laws and stop abortion.

If that’s the case, we intend to work with members of the Arkansas Legislature to pass any additional pro-life legislation necessary.

We also will oppose any efforts to weaken Arkansas’ good, pro-life laws.

Expand Our Efforts to Assist Pregnancy Help Organizations

Arkansas is home to more than 60 organizations that assist pregnant women — including some 45 pregnancy resource centers that help women with unplanned pregnancies.

We want to expand our efforts to assist these organizations in Arkansas. This includes:

  • Encouraging the Arkansas General Assembly to appropriate public funds to help women with unplanned pregnancies and the challenges of parenthood.
  • Raising private funds for pregnancy help organizations.
  • Encouraging churches and other nonprofit organizations to establish pregnancy-help ministries and provide assistance to organizations that are already in operation.

Family Council Celebrates Reversal of Roe v. Wade

Friday, June 24, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court released its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion ruling.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is historic. There are people who have dedicated their entire lives to reversing Roe v. Wade. It’s incredible to see that happen. Today’s Supreme Court decision recognizes that Roe v. Wade was wrong from the very beginning. As long as this ruling stands and our pro-life laws are enforced, thousands of unborn babies will be saved from abortion in Arkansas and elsewhere every year. That’s a reason to celebrate.”

Cox called the decision a victory for democracy. “This isn’t just a pro-life victory. It’s a victory for democracy. Roe v. Wade put unelected judges in charge of America’s abortion policy, and it has tainted the judicial confirmation process for more than forty years. Today’s decision doesn’t end abortion altogether. It lets voters and their representatives set their own abortion laws. Going forward, voters, state legislatures, and Congress will get to decide what abortion laws they want to enact.”

Cox said that Arkansas’ lawmakers and pro-life advocates have worked to prepare the state for such a time as this. “We are all blessed to live in Arkansas, the most pro-life state in the nation. Arkansans are pro-life, and our laws reflect that. With today’s decision, there will be no safer place for women and their unborn children than in Arkansas. Our good, pro-life laws that are already on the books will be enforceable. Under those laws, women will be protected from the harm that abortion causes them, and unborn children will get to live and grow up.”

Cox outlined a few of Arkansas’ laws that will prohibit abortion. “Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution says that Arkansas will protect the life of every unborn child as much as the federal constitution allows. The Arkansas Legislature passed a law in 2019 that makes abortion illegal, except to save the mother’s life, if Roe v. Wade is reversed. The Arkansas Legislature also passed a law in 2021 prohibiting abortion except to save the mother’s life. That law is tied up in federal court right now, but it could be enforced now that the court has reversed Roe v. Wade. The Arkansas Legislature also voted this year to provide one million dollars in funding for pregnancy resource centers in Arkansas. There are more than forty of these centers across the state working to give women real options besides abortion.”

Cox said he does not believe abortionists in Arkansas will give up even though Roe v. Wade has been overturned. “I expect groups like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and those who profit financially from abortion will work to keep abortion legal in places like California, and they will work to make abortion legal in places like Arkansas. I’m sure we will see new legal battles over abortion in the coming months. We are confident that Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and her staff will fight to see Arkansas’ pro-life laws enforced. The Arkansas Legislature may be the most pro-life legislature in the nation. We are confident Arkansas’ lawmakers will pass any additional laws necessary to prevent abortion in Arkansas. Overturning Roe v. Wade is a huge victory, but there is still work to do.”

Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock with a mission of promoting, protecting, and strengthening traditional family values.


What Happens In Arkansas After Roe?

With the recent leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, many people now expect the court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

What happens in Arkansas after Roe v. Wade is reversed?

Below are a few points to consider.

The End of Roe Is Not The End of The Pro-Life Movement

Before 1973, states were able to set their own abortion laws. Roe v. Wade struck down those laws nationwide.

Overturning Roe doesn’t mean that abortion automatically will be illegal in America. It means voters, state lawmakers, and congress will once again be able to enact their own abortion laws.

Places like California would be able to keep abortion legal while other states would be free to restrict or prohibit it.

In states like Arkansas, groups who profit financially from abortion may work to make abortion legal.

Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a huge victory, but there may still be work to do.

Abortion in Arkansas Generally Will Be Prohibited Unless The Mother’s Life Is At Risk

In 2019 the Arkansas Legislature overwhelmingly passed Act 180, and Governor Hutchinson signed it into law.

Act 180 prohibits abortion in Arkansas if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

It contains exceptions for abortions performed to save the life of the mother.

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office has indicated that the State of Arkansas would enforce Act 180 if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Pro-Lifers Will Need to Step Up to Help Mothers With Unplanned Pregnancies

Even though abortion in Arkansas is near a 45-year low, approximately 3,000 unborn babies are aborted every year.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion is generally prohibited in Arkansas, pro-lifers will need to step up to help women with unplanned pregnancies.

Arkansas is home to more than 40 pregnancy resource centers.

These organizations provide everything from diapers and baby formula to pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and information about adoption — often free of charge.

Many states — including Arkansas — have appropriated public funds for organizations like these.

Most abortions in Arkansas are performed on single mothers. Churches, charities, and pro-life organizations will need to help these families.

We Will Need to Educate and Equip Arkansans

Public opinion polling from the University of Arkansas shows 79% of likely voters in Arkansas believe abortion should be either completely illegal or restricted to certain circumstances.

Reversing Roe v. Wade means voters and elected officials will decide what kinds of pro-life policies their states will enact.

After Roe, it will be as important as ever that voters know where their elected officials stand on abortion and the sanctity of human life.