The Arkansas Right to Life March attracted a large crowd at the Capitol
Little Rock, Arkansas – On Sunday, thousands of people attended the Arkansas Right to Life March to commemorate the passage of the Roe v. Wade decision 50 years earlier.
The repeal of Roe v. Wade and the almost complete abortion prohibition in Arkansas were both celebrated by those present.
As crowds gather on the Capitol’s front steps to celebrate Arkansas’s ban on abortion, shouts fill the air.
Gianna Jessen, a guest speaker invited by Arkansas Right to Life, told her experience of developing cerebral palsy as a result of a failed abortion she managed to survive.
“People have been fighting for so many years for the unborn all these years with just so much opposition,” and “today is a victory shout,” Gianna Jessen said.
New House Bill 1174 could potentially classify abortions as homicides in Arkansas, carrying felony charges.
Greg Leding, a Democratic state senator, told us this on Friday that the law is terrifying.
“It’s just incredibly egregious trying to prosecute women for making their own reproductive health choices,” Leding said.
Jessen did note that this is only the beginning. “By the way. we are not finished, you know we value all life in this nation, we are the people of God,” Jessen said.
According to Leding, the proposal should not come to fruition.
“I can’t think of any grosser government over-reach than inserting ourselves into one of the most intimate and difficult decisions that people can make, so again we will do what we can to oppose this legislation,” Leding stated.
People continued their mission on the Capitol steps as they exchanged prayers and stories. Abortion is already illegal in Arkansas unless it is necessary to preserve the mother’s life.
However, the mother cannot be charged with a crime under present legislation. There are no rape or incest exceptions to this new rule.