Need some good news to lift your spirits? Look no further than Arkansas — the Natural State is giving us something to be glad about with a new bill that was recently signed into law. While the abortion lobby isn’t happy about the passage of this legislation, you can guarantee that means the Pro-Life Generation will love it! Here’s what you need to know:
Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently signed into law a bill which will create a “monument to the unborn” on Capitol grounds. The memorial will mark the number of abortions which occurred during the near 50-year legal tyranny of Roe v. Wade, the fateful decision that blocked Arkansans from protecting their preborn citizens. The House sponsor for the law, Mary Bentley (R-54), said the purpose was to “remember those children we were not able to protect, and we will not be able to forget.”
The legislation allows the state to raise private funds for the memorial, requiring the secretary of state to permit and arrange the placement of the monument. The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission must also oversee the selection of the monument’s artist and overall design while pro-life groups will also give input. The legislation’s nod to the pro-life organizations showcases how instrumental such groups have been in fortifying the state’s laws for life post-Roe.
Pro-abortion outlets have been ruthless in their coverage of the bill, calling it “useless, plain old stupid, offensive, and a severe waste of money.” These naysayers are angry, however, because the monument humanizes the preborn and lifts up their historical struggle — much like the monument to the nine Black students who desegrated Little Rock Central High School which currents rests on Capitol grounds. Both stories are important as Arkansas works to empower and protect all of citizens — regardless of their age, race, sex, circumstance of conception, perception of mental/physical capability, and financial position.
The Pro-Life Generation in Arkansas is loving this new law, too.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) Missouri and Arkansas Regional Coordinator Nicole Hollman said, “I could not be more proud of Arkansas for memorializing the preborn lives lost to abortion in this powerful monument. The state has taken amazing strides in the last year to protect the lives of their preborn children and has set a strong example of what it means to be a pro-life state.
“My hope is that this new monument will move people emotionally and help them to see the mass genocide our country committed in the Roe v. Wade era and still allows to continue. I look forward to the day when I can visit this monument in an abortion-free America and commemorate how far we have come. To help our country reach that day, we must all continue to be a voice for the voiceless.”
Daniel Risser, a college student and the president of the SFLA group at Harding University, said: “This monument is a symbol of justice and recognition for the multitude of preborn children who were murdered during the Roe v. Wade era. It is a sobering reminder but a necessary one that will inspire truth in a world that seeks to dehumanize the preborn. The monument gives the same status of personhood to these aborted preborn children just like a tombstone or other memorials would. It is a victory for the pro-life movement and gives the victims of one of America’s greatest tragedies a portion of the justice owed them.”
We look forward to watching how this monument plays out artistically — stay tuned to the SFLA blog for future updates.
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