Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Law to Keep Planned Parenthood Out of Public Schools

On Wednesday Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed H.B. 1592, the Student Protection Act, into law.

This good law by Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) prohibits public schools in Arkansas from engaging in transactions with abortion providers. It passed the Arkansas Legislature with strong support.

In March, Family Council obtained nearly 1,400 pages of documents that revealed how Planned Parenthood has worked in public schools in Pulaski County for several years.

We know from experience that the kind of sex-education that Planned Parenthood promotes simply is not as effective as other programs.

In the 1980s and 1990s liberals in Arkansas promoted Planned Parenthood-style sex-education in Arkansas’ public schools.

From 1991 to 1997 Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased by 11% and Arkansas teen abortion rate decreased by 18%.

In 1997 the Arkansas Legislature and the Mike Huckabee Administration began promoting abstinence education in Arkansas.

From 1997 to 2005, Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased 17%, but Arkansas’ teen abortion rate plummeted a staggering 48%.

Governor Huckabee’s abstinence education model was so successful in Arkansas that it drew national recognition.

In 2016 — while President Barack Obama was still in office — the federal Centers for Disease Control released a 208-page report concluding teenagers who practice abstinence are healthier in nearly every way than teenagers who are sexually active.

The CDC’s report looked at everything from seatbelt and bike helmet use to substance abuse, diet, exercise, and even tanning bed use.

Their conclusion was that sexually-active teens were less healthy and engaged in riskier behavior across the board.

H.B. 1592 will help make sure that abortionists don’t have access to Arkansas’ public school students, and it will help encourage schools to seek out better sex-ed curricula than what Planned Parenthood has to offer.

Arkansas Governor Signs Abortion Reporting Bill Into Law

On Wednesday Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed S.B. 463 into law.

The bill is now Act 787 of 2021. It previously passed the Arkansas House and Arkansas Senate with strong support.

This good law by Sen. Blake Johnson (R – Corning) and Rep. Tony Furman (R – Benton) requires the State of Arkansas to provide abortion data to the federal Centers for Disease Control for statistical purposes.

It also tightens Arkansas law concerning abortion facility inspections, and it requires abortionists to file certain documentation when the woman is a victim of rape or incest.

This is a good law that will provide additional protections for rape victims, and it will help strengthen Arkansas’ existing pro-life laws.

Little Rock Surgical Abortion Facility Calls Ambulance for 68th Time: Operation Rescue

An ambulance leaves Little Rock Family Planning Services on March 30, 2021 (Photo Credit: 40 Days for Life – Little Rock).

Operation Rescue reports that the surgical abortion facility in Little Rock recently placed its 68th emergency call for an ambulance transport at the facility.

Operation Rescue writes,

Little Rock Family Planning is the only surgical abortion facility in Arkansas. It is affiliated with the National Abortion Federation, whose members include some of the most problematic abortion facilities in the nation.

Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) printout from the emergency on March 30, 2021, was so heavily redacted that only small bits of information about the woman’s condition could be gleaned from it.  However, it was enough to know that her condition was serious and required an ambulance equipped for Advance Life Support.

We have written repeatedly about ambulances sighted at the surgical abortion facility in Little Rock over the years.

All of this underscores why it is so important for Arkansas to continue passing pro-life legislation that will stop abortion and protect women from dangerous abortion procedures.

This week Gov. Hutchinson signed Act 740 of 2021 that will require abortionists to maintain transfer agreements with local hospitals to handle these sorts of abortion complications. The measure also requires abortionists to post and share literature about human trafficking at their facilities.

Lawmakers also recently passed S.B. 388 as well as S.B. 463 tightening Arkansas’ restrictions on abortion facilities.

Laws like these help save the lives of unborn children, and they protect women and girls from abortion procedures that can be dangerous or deadly.