Arkansas’ SAFE Act Goes to Trial July 25, 2022

Recently U.S. District Judge James Moody announced that the lawsuit over Arkansas’ Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act will go to trial sometime during the week of July 25, 2022.

The Arkansas Legislature passed the SAFE Act last spring. It is an excellent law that protects children from sex-reassignment procedures, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones.

Researchers do not know the long term effects that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones can have on kids. That is why many experts agree that giving puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children is experimental, at best.

That’s also why a major hospital in Sweden announced last spring that it would no longer administer puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children.

However, the ACLU and others filed a lawsuit against the SAFE Act. Last July a federal judge in Little Rock temporarily blocked the state from enforcing this good law.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed that order to the Eighth Circuit.

In the meantime, the lawsuit over whether or not the SAFE Act is constitutional is progressing through the court system.

Arkansas’ SAFE Act is a good law that protects children. We believe courts ultimately will recognize that fact and uphold this good law as constitutional.

When Solzhenitsyn Stunned Harvard

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and Director of the Colson Center

A little over forty years ago, Soviet dissident and literary giant Aleksander Solzhenitsyn delivered a thunderbolt of a commencement address at Harvard University.

Survivor of the Soviet GULAG, a fierce opponent of communism, Solzhenitsyn stunned his elite audience as he took aim at the disastrous social and worldview trends happening in the West.

He bemoaned that Western societies had given “destructive and irresponsible freedom . . . boundless space.” By which he meant license, what Chuck Colson called freedom without virtue. Then he went after the Western appetite for “decadent art.” Finally, he argued, no healthy society or culture lacks great statesmen.

Solzhenitsyn was prophetic. But sad to say, the West has largely ignored his voice. Irresponsible freedom? Check. Decadence? Check. Now go through your mental checklist and see how many great statesmen or stateswomen you can name these days.

Come to BreakPoint.org for more on Solzhenitsyn’s stunning address, including a BreakPoint commentary.

Copyright 2021 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Perry County Becomes Arkansas’ Ninth Pro-Life County

On Monday night the Perry County Quorum Court passed a resolution affirming that the county is Pro-Life.

Perry County is Arkansas’ ninth Pro-Life County.

The resolution reads,

A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE COMMITMENT OF THE COUNTY OF PERRY, ARKANSAS TO PROTECTING THE UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE OF EVERY PERSON; AND DECLARING THE COUNTY OF PERRY, ARKANSAS TO BE A PRO-LIFE COUNTY.

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life; and

WHEREAS, Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution states that the policy of the State of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth; and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of state and local governments to protect the unalienable right to life of every person within their respective jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court stated in Poelker v. Doe, 432 U.S. 519 (1977), that the United States Constitution does not forbid a municipality, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Quorum Court of the County of Perry, Arkansas:

Section 1: It is the policy of the County of Perry to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death.

Section 2: The County of Perry declares itself to be a Pro-Life County.

Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) affirms that municipalities in Arkansas can designate themselves as Pro-Life.

Pro-Life resolutions have passed in the City of Mariana and the City of Springdale.

Washington, Benton, Crawford, CleburnePopeJacksonSaline, and Faulkner counties have passed pro-life resolutions as well.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions like these resolutions.

In fact, any city, town, or county can pass a pro-life resolution like the ones that these communities have passed.

Public opinion polling shows Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life. We hope other communities will pass their own resolutions affirming that they are Pro-Life — just like Perry County.

If you would like to learn more about how you can pass a pro-life resolution in your community, give us a call at (501) 375-7000 or click here.