Arkansas’ U.S. Senators, Congressmen Want to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

On Monday Arkansas U.S. Senators John Boozman (R) and Tom Cotton (R) and Congressmen Rick Crawford (R — AR Dist. 1) and Bruce Westerman (R — AR Dist. 4) joined 190 of their colleagues in calling for the U.S. government to stop giving taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.

The congressmen cited a recent report that found Planned Parenthood received hundreds of millions of dollars in public dollars even while the organization has been under investigation for harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies.

Arkansans are fortunate to have pro-life lawmakers representing them at both the state and federal levels.

Last year the Arkansas Legislature passed a record-number of good, pro-life laws that have helped make Arkansas the second-most pro-life state in America.

In October Congressmen Crawford, Hill, Womack, and Westerman helped pass a landmark bill that prohibited most abortions in America after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

Senators Boozman and Cotton co-sponsored similar legislation in the U.S. Senate, but the senate failed to pass that bill.

Read the letter from Congress here.

Read the letter from the U.S. Senate here.

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Attorney General Rejects Yet Another Recreational Marijuana Measure

Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected yet another proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.

Like virtually every other proposal offered in the past year, the measure would have let adults and companies grow, buy, sell, and use marijuana for any reason.

The A.G.’s office rejected it, saying that the proposal was virtually identical to one that was rejected in November of 2016.

Attorney General Rutledge rejected at least 17 similar measures last year. This is the fourth recreational marijuana proposal her office has rejected so far this year.

As we have said before, marijuana’s proponents aren’t content with “medical marijuana.” The endgame is — and always has been — full legalization.

You can read the A.G.’s entire opinion here.

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