LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 21, 2012) - Thousands of Arkansans will take to the streets of Little Rock this Sunday for the 34th Annual March for Life, a peaceful and prayerful observance of the legalization of abortion by the U.S. Supreme Court 39 years ago to the day.
Sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, the march begins Sunday, January 22 at 2 p.m. at Capitol and Louisiana Streets. It will proceed down Capitol Avenue approximately 13 blocks and concludes at the steps of the State Capitol for a brief program.
Wayne Mays, president of Arkansas Right to Life, will lead the march along with invited dignitaries and other special guests. The march will proceed as planned regardless of weather conditions. A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired.
Among our special guests will be: Lt. Governor Mark Darr and 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin and pro-life members of the Arkansas General Assembly. Also participating in the brief program will be Dr. Jean Garton, Father James West, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Hot Springs and Reverend Paul Roberts, Pastor of East Union Missionary Baptist Church in Hensley. Our soloist is Mrs. Kelly McClintock of Hot Springs.
"Thirty Nine years ago, Americans were led to believe that the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in a few, rare circumstances and only in the earliest stages of pregnancy," said Rose Mimms, Executive Director of Arkansas Right to Life. "We now know the truth, this landmark decision, not only overturned every state law prohibiting abortion, it legalized abortion on demand, for any reason and at any stage of pregnancy, a fact that many Americans find abhorrent and unacceptable,"
Since 1974 Arkansas Right to Life has been leading the pro-life movement in Arkansas to save the lives of unborn children and protect their mothers with the passage of many pro-life laws including ones that give a pregnant woman vital information about the risks of abortion and her child's development before an abortion, and that ensure parents are involved in a minor daughters abortion.
This year, Arkansas Right to Life is using a petition drive to educate and encourage the passage of pro-life legislation in 2013 that will prohibit public funds from being used to pay for abortion that will ban abortions using telemedicine and abortions on unborn children capable of feeling pain.
Arkansas Right to Life, the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization, is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
Reproductive Justice will be holding their own rally in support of the right to choose on Saturday at the State Capital.