Activities & Accomplishments
Arkansas Right To Life...Taking A Stand, Making A Difference
Arkansas Right to Life is a non-profit, grassroots, public service organization dedicated to protecting and fostering the most basic right of society – LIFE itself. Today, as anti-life forces are attacking this right with increasing intensity, we promote, uphold and support reverence and respect for human life without regard to condition, quality, age, race, religion, culture or color, whether born or unborn.
We recognize that society today places great emphasis on the quality of life, but we must not let our concern for quality override our concern for life itself.
Arkansas Right to Life is affiliated with the National Right to Life committee. NRLC is the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-life organization with 50 state affiliates and over 3,000 chapters nationwide.
Arkansas Right to Life lobbies at the Arkansas legislature to promote bills which will create a favorable climate for life. ARTL also lobbies at the nation’s capital for laws which will guarantee legal protection for all human beings.
Legislation and Lobbying
We seek to educate the community to the dangers of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and other actions that destroy innocent human life. Through educational programs at schools, churches, community events and civic organizations, we are reaching thousands of Arkansans with our life-affirming message.
The Arkansas Right to Life Political Action Committee seeks to elect candidates to public office that respect the sanctity of human life. Arkansas Right to Life Political Action Committee is a non-partisan PAC and its funds are separate from Arkansas Right to Life.
Touching Hearts - Changing Minds - Saving Lives
Each year since 1977, Arkansas Right to Life has sponsored a pro-life educational exhibit at the Arkansas State Fair. Several thousand people visit the booth each year, making this one of our largest educational events. The booth is open for over 100 hours during the ten-day fair and involves approximately 50 volunteers.
Since 1978, Arkansas Right to Life has sponsored the Annual March for Life in Little Rock, to commemorate the January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision that legalized abortion. This is the largest pro-life gathering in Arkansas and attracts 5,000 to 10,000 people from all over the state.
In 1988 – Arkansas Right to Life worked with a coalition of groups for a petition drive to adopt Amendment 68, “The Unborn Child Amendment,” to the Arkansas State Constitution. The amendment states that “the policy of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the federal constitution.”
In 1989 – Arkansas Right to Life worked for passage of The Parental Notification Law requiring that no abortion be performed on an unemancipated minor until 48 hours after written notice has been given to at least one parent.
In 1997 – Arkansas Right to Life led the battle for the successful passage of Act 984 the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which prohibited the partial-birth abortion procedure in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother. The day before the ban was to take effect a lawsuit was filed and subsequently the ban was declared unconstitutional.
In 1998 – Arkansas Right to Life was the leading force of opposition calling for the North Little Rock City Council to rescind their approval of a $20,000 Federal Block Grant to Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma for the establishment of a Reproductive Health Clinic in their city. The council rescinded the grant and the clinic did not open.
In 1999 – Arkansas Right to Life worked with Governor Huckabee to win passage of Act 1273 the Fetal Protection Act that will ensure that unborn children 12 weeks and older will be considered legal “persons” when killed or injured during a criminal or negligent act. This is a significant victory for the pro-life movement and restores protection to the unborn that was taken away from them in 1975 when the state legislature repealed a 1964 statute against the murder of an unborn child. Arkansas Right to Life also supported Act 394 The Physician Assisted Suicide Ban.
In 2001 – Arkansas Right to Life was successful in passing Act 353 the Woman’s Right to Know Law to ensure that women be given information about the risks of abortion and were offered information about fetal development and alternatives to abortion before an abortion can be performed. The pro-life movement in Arkansas had worked for 10 years to get this critical legislation passed so that women would be better informed before making the life and death decision of abortion. Arkansas Right to Life also supported Act 236 The Safe Haven that allows a mother to surrender an unwanted infant without fear of criminal charges.
In 2003 – Arkansas Right to Life sponsored passage of Act 344 to establish a Choose Life specialty vehicle license plate to generate funds to promote and assist women to choose adoption. This legislation was included in Governor Mike Huckabee’s legislative package. In addition we worked to pass Act 1189 to give women seeking an abortion the option to view the ultrasound image of their child if one is performed. Arkansas Right to Life also supported Act 607 the Human Cloning Ban and Act 1322 The Right to Receive Nutrition & Hydration.
In 2005 – Arkansas Right to Life sponsored Act 1696 the Unborn Child Pain & Prevention Act that provides pregnant women, who are 20 weeks or more and seeking an abortion, pain information and the option of pain relief medication for the unborn child. We also supported Act 537 the Parental Consent for Minor Abortion.
In 2007 – Arkansas Right to Life successfully worked to defeat the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Arkansas and supported Act1605 to prevent coerced abortion.
In 2008 – Arkansas Right to Life helped to alert and educate citizens of Hot Springs of the activities of Planned Parenthood CHOICE Hot Springs to establish abortion services.
In 2009 – Arkansas Right to Life successfully sponsored Act 196 the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban.
In 2011 – Arkansas Right to Life sponsored the only pro-life law passed in the AR General Assembly: The Requirement of all facilities that perform ten or more abortions each month to be inspected and licensed by the Department of Health. This law closed a loophole and forced Planned Parenthood to be inspected and licensed as an abortion provider.
In 2013 – Arkansas Right to Life made passage of the Opt Out of Abortion Coverage in the Affordable Care Act (OBAMACARE), and passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to prevent abortion on unborn children 20 weeks or more legislative priorities. We also welcomed the passage of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act to prevent abortion at 12 weeks or more (currently enjoined), passage of an act to modify the definition of an unborn child, passage of the Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act, and passage of the Child Maltreatment Act that protects life in Arkansas.
WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE ARE ARKANSAS RIGHT TO LIFE!