Billboard Campaign Celebrates Fatherhood with Abortion Awareness Month

The following is a press release from our friends at Arkansas Right to Life and Black Americans for Life.

June is “Abortion Awareness Month” in the African-American community and is being observed by the Arkansas chapter of Black Americans for Life, an outreach of Arkansas Right to Life. The group is sponsoring a billboard campaign that celebrates fatherhood and Abortion Awareness Month with the positive message that “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb.” The artwork was produced by Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and creator of

The billboard campaign will feature two digital boards in Little Rock, located at 12th and University Avenue and Baseline Road at I-30, and posters on E. Harding in Pine Bluff and on E. Broadway in North Little Rock.

“Abortion disproportionately affects black women more than any other group. In 2014 approximately the same number of white and black unborn babies were killed by legal abortion every month in Arkansas, even though Blacks account for 15% of the population compared to 77% white. Most blacks should find this shocking. Unfortunately, many of us still do not even know,” stated Princella Smith, member of BAL. “It is disturbing that while the total number of abortions decline, the number of black abortions are increasing.”

The Arkansas chapter of Black Americans for Life works to expose the history of racism and eugenics that defined the birth control movement and legalized abortion, which resulted in the organization now known as Planned Parenthood. educates the public about abortion’s impact on the black community via accurate and documented statistics, historical perspectives, thought-provoking videos, and personal testimonies.

The “Fatherhood Begins in the Womb” campaign strongly encourages all fathers to support the mothers of their children by welcoming and embracing the rewarding role of fatherhood when faced with unplanned pregnancy. For more visit: Arkansas Right to Life is a non-profit public service organization. Our primary purpose is to educate through the presentation of detailed and factual information about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and related issues upon which individuals and the general public may make informed decisions.

Arkansas Right to Life is the oldest and largest pro-life organization in Arkansas and the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.


Deadly Crash Caused By Woman Believed To Be On Marijuana

Purple_KushNews outlets in Arizona say police believe the woman who caused a deadly crash earlier this month was driving under the influence of marijuana.

Court documents reveal the woman was driving at least 75 MPH in a 40 MPH zone when she crossed the center line, plowing into an oncoming vehicle and killing a man and his daughter.

According to news sources, court documents also reveal the driver admitted to smoking marijuana that day, and police found marijuana paraphernalia in her vehicle.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. Marijuana has caused and contributed to harm and death nationwide. For example:

  1. May, 2016: Several churchgoers were sent to the ER after accidentally eating marijuana-infused cookies following church services.
  2. May, 2016: A 7-year-old boy in Washington was paralyzed by a car accident involving a teen believed to be driving under the influence of Marijuana.
  3. April, 2016: A Utah man was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana following a fatal car crash.
  4. April, 2016: A Georgia woman was arrested after her five year old said he ate a marijuana cake for breakfast. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment following the incident; according to officials, his pulse was measured at over 200 beats per minute. According to the child’s mother, the cake laced with marijuana was given to her by another person.
  5. February, 2016: An eight-year-old Oregon boy was taken to the hospital after eating a marijuana-infused cookie he found. The cookie was sealed and labeled that it contained approximately 50 milligrams of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
  6. October, 2015: A 27-year-old Oregon man admitted to using marijuana shortly before he struck and killed a female pedestrian.
  7. March, 2015: Four high school students were hospitalized after eating brownies laced with marijuana hash oil. One student was actually found unresponsive in a school bathroom after eating a marijuana-laced brownie.
  8. February, 2015: A 20-month-old Canadian toddler overdosed after eating a marijuana-laced cookie authorities say his father baked. The child survived, but suffered seizures and had to be admitted to a hospital.
  9. January, 2015: News outlets in Oregon reported a woman overdosed after she ate three gummy candies laced with marijuana.
  10. December, 2014: A high school teacher in Maryland was hospitalized after a student gave her a brownie containing marijuana.
  11. December, 2014: Two middle school students in Oklahoma were rushed to the hospital after one of them reportedly passed out following marijuana-use at school.
  12. November, 2014: A Connecticut teen was taken to the hospital from school after she started having difficulty breathing following ingestion of a marijuana-laced gummy bear.
  13. June, 2014: According to The Aspen Times, a seven-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after eating marijuana-laced candy her mother brought home from work at an area hotel. The candy was left by a hotel guest–presumably as a tip.
  14. March, 2014: A 19-year-old college student jumped to his death after eating a marijuana-laced cookie purchased at a licensed marijuana store in Colorado. Reports indicate the man began shaking, screaming, and throwing objects in his hotel room after eating the marijuana “edible.” He ultimately jumped over the fourth-floor railing, into the lobby of the hotel at which he was staying. According to CBS News, the autopsy report listed marijuana as a “significant contributing factor” to his death.
  15. December, 2013: A two-year-old in Colorado overdosed and was hospitalized after eating a cookie laced with marijuana. News outlet indicate the girl found the cookie in the yard of an apartment complex.

Family Council Action Committee Opposes Marijuana Measure

The following press release is from Family Council Action Committee.

On Monday, Arkansans for Compassionate Care submitted petition signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State requesting a measure legalizing “medical” marijuana be certified for the November 2016 ballot.

Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “Arkansans need to know the truth about marijuana. This measure lets most marijuana users grow marijuana at home without sufficient oversight. Marijuana is not classified as medicine. It isn’t overseen by pharmacists or the federal Food and Drug Administration. Studies increasingly find a connection between marijuana use and cognitive problems and reductions in IQ. Many researchers even link marijuana with schizophrenia later in life.”

Cox said the proposal has many of the same flaws as a similar ballot measure proposed in 2012. “This new proposal isn’t any better than the proposal from 2012. Arguably, this measure makes it easier for just about anyone to use marijuana, because it lists more qualifying conditions than the 2012 proposal. It still lets marijuana users grow marijuana at home. Marijuana won’t be prescribed by a doctor through a pharmacy. The proposal forces the State of Arkansas to come up with tax dollars to establish a marijuana program at the Arkansas Department of Health. Governor Mike Beebe’s administration determined in 2012 that was going to cost Arkansas taxpayers severely. This new proposal does not fix that problem. Arkansas taxpayers are going to be stuck footing the bill to support someone else’s marijuana habit.”

Cox said the proposal fails to help children with seizures. “People backing this measure and similar proposals keep talking about marijuana extracts and oils can help children with seizures. If that’s true, then why is this measure written so broadly? The wording of this proposal doesn’t focus on children or on oils or extracts. It’s about otherwise-healthy adults buying, growing, and smoking marijuana. The number-one reason children in Arkansas are in foster care is drug abuse by their parents. In states that have legalized marijuana, we have seen stories of children rushed to the emergency room after accidentally overdosing on cookies or candies laced with marijuana. This proposal isn’t going to help children. It’s going to put children at risk.”

Cox said the proposal is about complete legalization of marijuana. “Two of the nation’s top supporters of marijuana legalization are backing this measure. If this proposal isn’t about full legalization of marijuana, then why else would they support it?”

Cox said the measure does not properly regulate marijuana use. “If marijuana is medicine, then it should be regulated like medicine. This proposal does not do that. If marijuana is no different from alcohol, then it should be regulated like alcohol. This proposal doesn’t do that, either. All this measure does is make it easier for people to grow and smoke marijuana.”

Family Council Action Committee is a conservative 501(c)(4) organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.