Arkansas A.G. to Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Pro-Life Law

AG_LR_croppedArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced yesterday that her office will ask the U.S. Cupreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling against the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, a pro-life law the Arkansas Legislature passed in 2013.

You may recall the Human Heartbeat Protection Act by Sen. Jason Rapert prohibits most abortions after the twelfth week of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law also contains provisions for informed-consent prior to an abortion.

Attorney General Rutledge released a statement, saying,

“As Attorney General, I have a duty to fully defend the State’s law, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks of gestation when a heartbeat is detected. But beyond my duty, I firmly believe that the State has a profound interest in protecting the lives of the unborn, which is exactly what this law does.”

Earlier this year a three-judge panel from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that struck part of the Heartbeat Protection Act as unconstitutional. The court left portions of the law dealing with informed-consent for abortion in place.

Attorney General Rutledge’s office is expected to file their petition with the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in the coming weeks.

Speaking Intelligently on Euthanasia

daily_commentary_09_24_15In a culture that increasingly seems to support euthanasia and assisted-suicide, do you struggle with speaking clearly and intelligently on the issue?

Our friends at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released a short commentary that clearly sums up ways we can engage our friends and neighbors about the sanctity of human life.

John Stonestreet writes,

“A great place to start: focus in on the definition of words, especially ‘dignity’ and ‘compassion.’ These words are used to great effect by pro-euthanasia forces, but they’ve been redefined. ‘Dignity’ went from meaning worthy of honor and being treated with respect to meaning little more than fully affirming one’s lifestyle choices.

“And, ‘compassion’? Well, that one’s been really debased. The word comes from the Latin for ‘to suffer with.’ The Greek New Testament word rendered ‘compassion’ meant to feel something in your guts. Both captured the intense and very personal quality of true compassion. . . .

“So this is what our neighbors must understand. Wherever physician-assisted suicide has reared its ugly head, ‘dignity’ is reduced to an economic calculation, not an inherent quality that we all share. And there’s nothing ‘compassionate’ about physician assisted suicide, either. Instead of suffering with someone, it merely insists they go away. Permanently.”

I strongly encourage you to listen to Stonestreet’s full commentary. You can check it out below or click here to hear it at

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40 Days for Life Kicking Off this Week

The semiannual 40 Days for Life prayer vigils kick off in Arkansas and elsewhere around the country this week.

This is an opportunity for pro-lifers to peacefully gather for prayer outside abortion facilities.

40 Days for Life has been credited with saving more than 10,000 lives from abortion since 2007, and many former abortion clinic workers have attested that they left the abortion industry because of Christians praying outside their clinics as part of these vigils.

If you would like to pray to end abortion, you can find additional details about local 40 Days for Life vigils at