Twenty-nine years ago the Committee for Reproductive Choices launched a petition drive to place a pro-abortion amendment on the ballot in Arkansas.
The amendment would have made abortion a constitutional right and, in the words of one attorney, “straight-jacket” Arkansas into the most extreme abortion policy in the nation, at the time.
The amendment’s supporters included the ACLU and Advocates for Reproductive Information and Support (ARIS).
The pro-abortion amendment’s text read,
AN AMENDMENT PREVENTING STATE INTERVENTION IN REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES
Section 1. The State shall not intervene in any woman’s personal reproductive decisions, including but not limited to, the right to choose to become pregnant, to carry a pregnancy to term and to bear a child or to prevent pregnancy or to terminate her pregnancy through abortion by a licensed medical doctor through the twentyfourth (24th) week of pregnancy. The state shall not intervene in a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy to protect her life or health.
Section 2. Nothing in this provision shall restrict a person’s religious freedom.
The amendment effectively would have written the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton abortion decisions into the Arkansas Constitution.
In Roe the court ruled states had little power to restrict abortion during the first and second trimesters.
In Doe the court ruled states could not prohibit abortions deemed necessary to save the life or protect the health of the mother.
Both of these rulings were changed in 1992, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision that dismantled Roe‘s trimester framework and ruled states could regulate abortion as a medical procedure.
Thankfully, this pro-abortion amendment from 1990 never took root in Arkansas.
However, it serves as a reminder of how far Arkansas has come in the fight to protect unborn children.
This week we’re revisiting another photo from a few years ago.
On May 5, 1994, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mike Huckabee (seen in the photo above) delivered a speech at the National Day of Prayer rally held in Little Rock.
Lt. Gov. Huckabee discussed personal responsibility and rooting our lives in Jesus Christ.
This truly was a historic event that Family Council was proud to be part of. Arkansans gathered on the capitol grounds to hear Lt. Gov. Huckabee and pray for our state and nation. As far as we know, there never had been a gathering quite like this one ever before in Arkansas.
Events like this help inject a little more light and truth into the often-dark political discourse in Little Rock, and they remind Christians to “pray for those in authority.”
That’s why Family Council still hosts times for prayer and worship at the Capitol each year through our Pastor’s Day at the Capitol and our prayer meetings with public officials.
In this day and age, I think it’s safe to say our state and our country need all the prayer they possibly can get. Family Council wants to help make that happen.
Perhaps you’ve already seen this photo floating around on social media this week.
This is a picture of former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton signing the law that legalized homeschooling in the spring of 1985.
Standing behind him are the legislation’s sponsors, former Rep. Tim Hutchinson and Sen. Bill Henley, and Mr. Tom Holiman.
Home schooling has come a long way in the past 34 years, and home schoolers certainly are leaving a legacy in our state.
Today men and women who were home schooled as children now work in public policy at the State of Arkansas. They’re business owners and leaders in our communities. They are making an impact everywhere they go.
You and I get to be part of that lasting legacy, and you can help us continue that legacy by giving a generous, tax-deductible to support the work of Family Council and the Education Alliance. Click here to donate right now.