According to information posted on its website, Planned Parenthood Action Fund intends to hold pro-abortion rallies in Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Texarkana, Jonesboro, and Mountain Home at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, May 14.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider.
Saturday’s gatherings appear to be part of a nationwide event Planned Parenthood is orchestrating in response to the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that could reverse Roe v. Wade.
The pro-abortion rally in Little Rock is set to take place at the Arkansas Capitol Building, and Planned Parenthood indicates its Fort Smith event will occur at the Sebastian County Court House.
Planned Parenthood has not publicly released the addresses of the other pro-abortion rallies scheduled to take place in Arkansas.
It should come as no surprise that the nation’s largest abortion provider is mobilizing in Arkansas, but here are some key facts to keep in mind:
- Arkansans overwhelmingly oppose abortion on demand. The vast majority of Arkansans believes abortion should be either completely illegal or restricted to certain circumstances. That’s part of the reason Arkansas’ lawmakers have passed legislation to prohibit abortion except in circumstances where the mother’s life is in jeopardy.
- Arkansas is home to more than 40 pregnancy resource organizations. These groups provide free assistance to women with unplanned pregnancies. If Roe v. Wade is overturned and Arkansas prohibits abortions, these organizations will be there to help women across the state.
- Adoption services and Arkansas’ Safe Haven Law give women options besides abortion. Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act of 2001 lets a woman surrender her newborn baby to law enforcement, medical personnel, and first responders. The law gives women with unplanned pregnancies an option besides abortion, and it protects newborns from being abandoned. Similar laws are on the books in all 50 states.
- Abortion in Arkansas already has fallen to historic lows. Women in Arkansas already are choosing options besides abortion. The number of abortions performed in Arkansas each year has fallen to levels we haven’t seen since the 1970s, and Arkansas’ abortion rate has been cut in half since 2001. Slowly but surely, Arkansas is protecting women and children from abortion.