Ten Things to Know About Planned Parenthood in Arkansas

We routinely write about Planned Parenthood’s activity in Arkansas and across the nation.

From its activities on campus at UCA to its political endorsements, the abortion giant has been very active in Arkansas this year.

Here are ten things to know about Planned Parenthood in Arkansas.

#1. Planned Parenthood is the Nation’s Leading Abortion Provider

In 2018, the group aborted more than 345,000 unborn children, according to the organization’s annual report.

An estimated one in three abortions occurs in a Planned Parenthood facility.

#2. Planned Parenthood Recently Opened a New Abortion Facility in Little Rock

Last year Planned Parenthood moved its Central Arkansas abortion center from its facility off University Avenue to Aldersgate Road in west Little Rock.

Planned Parenthood began performing abortions at the new facility last fall.

#3. Planned Parenthood Closed Its Fayetteville Facility Last Year, and Has Not Reopened in Northwest Arkansas Since

Planned Parenthood has been searching for a new facility location in Fayetteville ever since the group’s landlord reportedly opted not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease last summer.

As a result, Planned Parenthood has stopped doing abortions in northwest Arkansas for the time being. 

That’s really good news.

#4. Planned Parenthood Apparently Intends to Conduct Sex-Education Programs In Central Arkansas

Last November Planned Parenthood posted a job opening for a Sexual Health Education Intern in Little Rock.

According to the job listing, the intern’s responsibilities included assisting “with the development and implementation of sexual health education programs for students” in Little Rock and the surrounding area and helping out with sex-education programs in schools and at other organizations.

Presumably this means Planned Parenthood wants to teach sex-education in public schools in or around Little Rock, if they are not already doing so.

#5. Planned Parenthood Used to Receive Tens of Thousands of Dollars Every Year From the State

Prior to 2015, the abortion giant used to received thousands of dollars from the state every year via Medicaid.

In 2014 alone, Planned Parenthood’s affiliates in Arkansas received over $230,000 from Medicaid reimbursements.

In 2015 Governor Hutchinson ordered the state to quit providing Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood clinics after a series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs and tissue harvested from aborted babies.

Following a lengthy lawsuit and multiple court rulings, the state ultimately won its case and stopped paying Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood also has applied for taxpayer funds in the past through state grants and contracts. In 2015 the Arkansas Legislature passed a measure effectively prohibiting abortionists from receiving public funds in this manner.

#6. Seven Out of Ten Chemical Abortions in Arkansas Happen at Planned Parenthood

Based on legal documents and state reports from 2017, Family Council estimates that Planned Parenthood is responsible for approximately 70% of all chemical abortions in Arkansas.

Chemical abortion has risen in Arkansas in recent years, despite the fact that the overall number of abortions performed in the state has fallen to near-record lows.

#7. Planned Parenthood is Actively Fundraising in Arkansas

Planned Parenthood’s political action committee raised several thousand dollars last year, and the group has posted online that it has a major fundraiser scheduled in Fayetteville in the coming weeks.

#8. Planned Parenthood Has Endorsed Three Candidates in Arkansas So Far

Planned Parenthood’s political organization in Arkansas has endorsed three candidates ahead of the March 3 primaries.

The group presumably will endorse others between now and November.

#9. Planned Parenthood Has Tried to Influence Past Political Campaigns in Arkansas

In 2018 Planned Parenthood’s political action committee in Arkansas received $10,000 from Planned Parenthood’s main office in New York.

Planned Parenthood’s PAC gave some of that money to liberal candidates running for the Arkansas Legislature.

#10. Planned Parenthood is Opposing State Regulations That Require Abortionists to be Board Certified or Board Eligible OB/GYNs

Last June Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to have three new state laws overturned in Arkansas:

  • Act 493 of 2019, prohibiting abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
  • Act 619 of 2019, prohibiting abortion of an unborn baby solely because the child has Down Syndrome.
  • Act 700 of 2019, requiring abortion doctors to be board certified or board eligible OB/GYNs.

As a result, courts in Little Rock have blocked the state from enforcing these laws until the lawsuit runs its course.

These laws passed with overwhelming support from state lawmakers, and they impose reasonable restrictions on abortionists. However, Planned Parenthood is fighting them in court.

Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood Sticker by dogra on Flickr.

Updated: Woman Taken from LR Abortion Facility by Ambulance

On Friday pro-life volunteers say a woman was taken via ambulance from a surgical abortion facility in Little Rock.

The Facebook group for 40 Days for Life in Little Rock posted a photo of an ambulance arriving at Little Rock Family Planning Services.

The photo was capitoned, “Pray for the mom who had to leave the abortion clinic by ambulance today. #abortionhurtswomen”

We have written repeatedly about ambulance at abortion facilities in Little Rock and elsewhere.

Abortion takes the life of an unborn child, and it carries serious health risks for women.

That’s why Arkansas has passed several laws that protect women from unsafe abortion practices and help give women real options besides abortion. Unfortunately, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood have challenged some of these good laws in court.

40 Days for Life is happening in Little Rock right now.

This is a great opportunity for pro-lifers to gather outside abortion facilities and pray that abortion will end.

You can find out more about participating in 40 Days for Life at 40DaysForLife.com/LittleRock.

Updated at 4:15 PM Friday, February 28, 2020:

Pro-life volunteers report that a hearse also was seen at the surgical abortion facility in Little Rock around 2:00 PM Friday.

The hearse’s presence at the facility presumably had nothing to do with the ambulance seen earlier in the day at the same facility.

One volunteer told us the hearse picked up a small box.

In nearly 20 years of praying regularly outside the abortion facility, this volunteer said it was only the second time she had ever seen a hearse pick up a box from an abortion facility.

Babies Saved From Abortion in Little Rock

Good news!

On Tuesday afternoon the group 40 Days for Life posted on Facebook that a baby was saved from being aborted at Little Rock’s surgical abortion facility.

The group posted,

Wonderful news from today, even though the 40 Days campaign hasn’t officially started yet … a young couple who went into the abortion clinic today changed their mind and chose life for their baby! Pray for them as they start the journey of parenting.

Two weeks earlier, the group wrote that another baby was saved from abortion as well.

This is really great news!

40 Days for Life hosts prayer vigils outside abortion facilities across America — including the surgical abortion facility in Little Rock — twice a year.

Their spring vigil is happening right now.

Pro-lifers will gather for peaceful prayer outside abortion facilities from now until Easter.

If you would like to be part of the prayer vigils in Little Rock, visit 40DaysForLife.com/LittleRock.