Arkansas Ranked Second Most Pro-Life State in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

On Wednesday Americans United for Life released its 2020 Life List ranking all 50 states from best to worst on how well their laws and policies protect human life. This year Arkansas is ranked in second place, right behind Louisiana.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is great news. Arkansas is the second more pro-life state in the country, and that’s something Arkansans should be proud of.”

Cox said the ranking is the result of the hard work of pro-life Arkansans. “Since 2012, Arkansas has moved from being the fifth most pro-life state in the country to the second. We’ve been in the number two spot for three years in a row, now. That’s because Arkansans work so hard to defend human life. We’ve made some really big gains passing pro-life laws in Arkansas, and we’ve won some major victories in federal court. This year alone we passed 13 laws that protect unborn babies, address physician-assisted suicide, and prohibit public funds from being used to clone or kill unborn children. All of that work is having an impact on our state.”

Cox said he considers the pro-life fight a team effort. “We have great legislators who sponsor pro-life bills and who vote pro-life. Governor Hutchinson has signed those measures into law, and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has defended those laws successfully in court. This really is a team effort.”

Cox said ultimately this work is about saving lives. “Next year, we estimate that about 500 children will start preschool and Kindergarten because of a single pro-life law we helped pass in 2015. All told, the laws Arkansas passed this year will save more than 600 children from abortion every single year. Today, abortion in Arkansas is at a 40-year low, and teen abortions are at an all-time low. Only two abortion facilities are open for business right now in our state. We’re winning the fight to protect unborn children, and the fact that Arkansas is the second most pro-life state in America is proof of that fact. I believe one day soon Arkansas will be the most pro-life state in America.”

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Arkansas Ranked Second Most Pro-Life State in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Little Rock — On Thursday Americans United for Life released its 2019 Life List ranking all 50 states from best to worst on how well their laws protect human life. This year Arkansas is ranked in second place, right behind Arizona.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “This is something Arkansans should be proud of. Our state is the second most pro-life state in the country. That is something to celebrate.”

Cox said the ranking is the result of the hard work of pro-life Arkansans. “Arkansans work very hard to protect innocent human life from conception until natural death. Volunteers across the state help women with unplanned pregnancies choose options besides abortion, and our lawmakers have consistently passed good legislation that protects unborn children. The fact that Arkansas is ranked the second most pro-life state in America shows all that hard work is paying off.”

Cox said Americans United for Life is a leading expert when it comes to surveying state pro-life laws. “AUL has been at this for years. When their attorneys analyze state laws, they look at everything from abortion policies to protections for pregnant women to end-of-life laws. If they say we’re the second most pro-life state in America, you can count on it.”

Cox said his team is developing a legislative package that he believes will help make Arkansas the most pro-life state in the nation. “Right now Arkansas is in second place. We want to be in first place. We’ve talked to attorneys from Americans United for Life, and we have put together a list of laws that we believe can help make Arkansas the best state in the nation when it comes to upholding the sanctity of human life. We look forward to working with our friends in the Arkansas Legislature and at Arkansas Right to Life to help make Arkansas the most pro-life state in America.”

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