Abortion Supporters Say Arkansas Has Enacted a Near-Record Number of Pro-Life Laws This Year

Recently the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization closely aligned with Planned Parenthood published a report saying that 2021 is on track to be the most anti-abortion year in decades.

The report says,

Five states—Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma—enacted restrictions on abortion clinics, an issue that has not been hot in state legislatures since the Supreme Court in 2016 struck down regulations enacted in Texas. Most notably, Arkansas and Kentucky passed laws making it easier for state agencies to close abortion clinics.

Furthermore, a disturbing record was set this week: With its enactment of a new restriction on abortion clinics, Arkansas has now enacted 20 restrictions in 2021, tying Louisiana’s 1978 record for the most restrictions in a single year.

By our count, Arkansas enacted 14 excellent, pro-life laws during the past legislative session. That’s certainly a record for the Arkansas Legislature.

These new laws could save thousands of women and unborn children from abortion in the years to come. That’s something to celebrate.

Photo Credit: Planned Parenthood Sticker by dogra on Flickr.

Pro-Lifers Save Mom and Unborn Baby From Abortion in Little Rock

On Tuesday our friends at Save The Storks shared a remarkable story on Instagram about a mom and unborn baby recently saved from abortion outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Little Rock.

Save The Storks and Arkansas Pregnancy Center in Little Rock work together to give women in Arkansas real options besides abortion.

Save The Storks writes,

After a long year of pandemic restrictions, the staff at Arkansas Pregnancy Center (APC) finally had the chance to take their Stork Bus into the community. Staff members and new volunteers worked hard to secure a parking spot near their community’s local Planned Parenthood.

However, the day before the launch, the sonogram machine stopped working.
They immediately attempted to get the machine fixed, but there were no technicians available.

Tracy, the executive director at APC, texted the news about the sonogram machine to the clinical director Janet*, worried they might have to delay their trip.

Janet responded: “God’s got this.”

After deliberation and prayer, the staff decided to move forward with their mobile outing for the day with no working sonogram.

Then the mobile unit’s sonographer showed up, and just so happened to have a sonogram machine in her car.

The pregnancy center was able to get back on the road, and a few hours later Janelle* boarded the Stork Bus.

She was en route to Planned Parenthood to take the abortion pill. But on her way she prayed that God would show her a sign on whether or not she should go through with the abortion. Then she saw the brightly colored mobile unit.

“I knew that was my sign,” Janelle said.

She wept as she saw her baby on the screen with a fully formed body. That day, Janelle chose life for her baby, despite being scared.

Janet was right – God’s got this.

Arkansas Gets Its Fourth Safe Haven Baby Box

On Monday pro-lifers in Arkansas unveiled the state’s fourth Safe Haven Baby Box — this time at a fire station in Jonesboro.

Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act of 2001 lets a woman surrender her newborn baby to law enforcement, medical personnel, and first responders. The law gives women an option besides abortion.

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 Baby Boxes where women can anonymously place their newborn.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes installed at fire stations let women surrender a child safely and anonymously using a specialized drop-box designed to keep the baby secure while notifying the first responders inside the fire station that the baby is there.

Right now there are at least 62 Safe Haven Baby Boxes in operation nationwide — including four in Arkansas.

These Safe Haven Baby Boxes are amazing pieces of pro-life technology. It’s good to see communities like Jonesboro make them available to Arkansans.