Springdale Moves Forward With Pro-Life Safe Haven Baby Box

Last night the Springdale City Council discussed plans to install a Safe Haven Baby Box in one of the city’s fire stations, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act protects children from being abandoned. It lets a woman surrender her newborn infant to law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel, or medical personnel without facing prosecution.

Similar laws are on the books in all 50 states.

Act 185 of 2019 by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R – Rogers) and Rep. Rebecca Petty (R – Rogers) improved Arkansas’ Safe Haven law; it lets fire stations install Safe Haven Boxes — sometimes called “baby boxes” — where women can anonymously place their newborn.

Last May a baby was safely surrendered using a Safe Haven Box at a fire station in Benton, Arkansas.

Laws like Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act protect the lives of unborn children by giving women options besides abortion.

It’s good to see cities like Springdale move forward with installing these Safe Haven Boxes in their communities.

The Mexico City Policy Football

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Before the election, there was a lot of discussion in evangelical circles about single-issue voting when it comes to President. And the single issue was, of course, abortion.

Some argue that after six Republican administrations, Roe v Wade still stands. And even if it’s overturned, abortion becomes a state issue. So when it comes to abortion, it doesn’t really matter who’s in the White House.

I disagree. And here’s just one reason why. Team Biden has already announced that he will undo the so-called “Mexico City Policy” in his first 100 days

Since the days of Ronald Reagan, Republican presidents issue an order prohibiting US funds to go to NGOs overseas that promote abortion. And every Democratic president repeals the order.

In fact, Biden will likely push legislation to repeal the Mexico City rule permanently. And, to be clear, that’s just one way the U.S. has, under Democratic presidents, promoted abortion overseas. 

When it comes to abortion, Presidential elections do matter.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

Unpacking S.B. 6, The Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act

Synopsis: S.B. 6, the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act, by Sen. Jason Rapert and Rep. Mary Bentley would prohibit abortion in Arkansas except in medical emergencies when the mother’s life is at risk. The bill is virtually identical to Act 180 of 2019, the “trigger law” that the Arkansas Legislature passed to make abortion illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Below are a few points to consider.

Overview of S.B. 6

  • S.B. 6 contains numerous legislative findings outlining why the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn its Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey abortion decisions.
  • The bill prohibits abortion except in cases of medical emergency when the woman’s life is at risk.
  • Performing or attempting to perform an abortion would be an unclassified felony.
    • The penalty would be a fine up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to 10 years.
  • S.B. 6 would not allow a woman to be prosecuted for the death of her unborn child.
  • S.B. 6 contains exceptions for contraceptives.
  • S.B. 6 creates an affirmative defense for a physician who accidentally or unintentionally causes injury or death to an unborn child.
  • S.B. 6 does not explicitly affect or repeal any other state law concerning abortion.

Additional Points to Consider

  • S.B. 6 is similar to Arkansas’ abortion statutes prior to Roe v. Wade.
  • S.B. 6 is virtually identical to Act 180 of 2019 prohibiting abortion in Arkansas if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
  • S.B. 6 would not repeal Act 180 of 2019.
  • S.B. 6 would not repeal any other law regulating, restricting, or prohibiting abortion in Arkansas.
  • S.B. 6’s exception allowing abortion when the woman’s life is at risk tracks with Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution, which says it is the policy of the State of Arkansas to protect the lives of unborn children and contains exceptions for abortions performed to save the life of the woman.
  • Under S.B. 6, a woman could not be prosecuted for having an abortion. An abortionist could be prosecuted for performing an abortion.
    • This means the abortionist would face prosecution — not the woman.

Read S.B. 6, The Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act, here.