Conway Gets Arkansas’ Fifth Safe Haven Baby Box

On Wednesday pro-lifers in Conway unveiled Arkansas’ fifth Safe Haven Baby Box. The box is located at Central Fire Station #1.

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 an option besides abortion.

Similar laws are on the books in all 50 states.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes installed at fire stations let women surrender an infant safely and anonymously using a specialized, hospital-grade bassinet designed to keep the baby secure while notifying the first responders inside the fire station that the baby is there.

There are currently 75 Safe Haven Baby Boxes in operation nationwide — including five in Arkansas.

Since June of 2019, Arkansas Right to Life has promoted Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act and the Safe Haven Baby Boxes through a billboard campaign.

So far, billboards have been placed in 21 counties. Arkansas Right to Life’s goal is to place billboards in all 75 counties in the state.

Arkansas Right to Life reports that future Safe Haven Baby Boxes are planned for Maumelle, Fort Smith, El Dorado, and Rogers.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are amazing pieces of pro-life technology. It’s good to see communities like Conway continue to make them available to Arkansans.

Louisiana Passes Abortion Pill Reversal Law Similar to Arkansas’

Recently pro-lifers in Louisiana passed a law addressing abortion pill reversal in their state.

The law is similar to legislation that Arkansas passed in 2015 and 2019, and it is slated to take effect in Louisiana on August 1.

The RU-486 chemical abortion regimen uses two pills to poison and expel the unborn child. Research indicates that if a woman takes the hormone progesterone after receiving the first RU-486 pill, the progesterone can counteract the abortion drug and save the baby’s life.

A 2018 study concluded that chemical abortions could be reversed 64% – 68% of the time using this method — with no apparent risk of birth defects.

This process has been used to save the lives of hundreds of unborn babies whose mothers regretted their abortions after taking the abortion pill.

In 2015 Arkansas passed an informed-consent law requiring abortion clinics to tell women that chemical abortion can be reversed, but that time is of the essence. Act 522 of 2019 improved upon this good provision in state law.

Louisiana’s new pro-life law is very similar to the legislation that Arkansas enacted in 2015 and 2019. Just like Arkansas’ laws, it requires abortionists to give women information about abortion pill reversal.

This is another example of states continuing to fight abortion through good, pro-life legislation.

Attorneys Continue to Spar Over Arkansas Law Prohibiting Abortion

On Monday Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office filed a brief in federal court arguing that U.S. District judge Kristine Baker should not block a new state law prohibiting abortion.

Act 309 of 2021 generally prohibits abortion in Arkansas except in cases when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. The law passed with overwhelming support from the state legislature earlier this year, and it is slated to take effect July 28.

Last month the ACLU and abortionists filed a lawsuit against the state over Act 309.

On June 14 the ACLU asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would block the state from enforcing Act 309.

On Monday the Arkansas Attorney General’s office responded to the ACLU’s request.

The A.G.’s team argues that pro-abortion rulings like Planned Parenthood v. Casey need to be reevaluated and overturned — and that the U.S. Supreme Court is liable to do that in its upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case out of Mississippi.

The A.G.’s brief also argues that past court decisions like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey “were wrongly decided” and that “there is no doubt that the fetus is a human life — not mere tissue, not ‘potential life,’ and not ‘the product of conception.'”

As we have written before, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has consistently ruled in favor of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. In light of that fact, many expect Attorney General Rutledge’s arguments to fall on deaf ears in Judge Baker’s court.

However, the judges above her at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals have overturned some of her bad rulings in the past.

While it seems likely that Judge Baker will block Arkansas’ pro-life law in the short run, the Eighth Circuit may not agree with her decision on appeal.

In the long run, this lawsuit will give federal courts an opportunity to reverse decades of bad case law on abortion.

That means there is potential for significant, pro-life victories down the road.