A spirit of hope brought hundreds of Arkansas residents together in the cold Sunday to march for unborn babies’ right to life.
During the 44th annual Arkansas March for Life in Little Rock, many speakers expressed optimism that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade this year and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.
“Beautiful day in Arkansas to acknowledge the strides we have made to protect the precious life of the unborn,” state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote on Twitter after participating in the march. “Making Arkansas the most pro-life state in the nation for the second year in a row is one of my proudest accomplishments. Our work is not done.”
Beautiful day in Arkansas to acknowledge the strides we have made to protect the precious life of the unborn. Making Arkansas the most prolife state in the nation for the second year in a row is one of my proudest accomplishments. Our work is not done. #MarchforLife pic.twitter.com/sPM2EXVhgx
— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) January 16, 2022
Gov. Asa Hutchinson also encouraged the crowd, saying pro-lifers’ peaceful, persistent efforts for decades to restore protections for unborn babies are making a difference in America.
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“Today, your message, your work is reflected in these pro-life statewide offices and General Assembly members that make a difference for you every day,” he said, according to the local news. “We are winning the battle of the public mind.”
As I’ve done for decades, I was in Little Rock this afternoon for the 44th annual March for Life. We have worked to make Arkansas the most pro-life state in the country, and it’s an honor to continue the fight. pic.twitter.com/vv8JUdpmY8
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) January 16, 2022
Last year, Hutchinson signed a near-total abortion ban into law, but a federal judge blocked the law in July. He also joined 10 other governors in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“It’s through our optimism, through science, through medicine that teaches the life that is in the womb, and now we have a chance — because the Mississippi case that is before the United States Supreme Court — to revoke, reverse, Roe v. Wade,” Hutchinson said.
The Mississippi case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which the high court heard in December, directly challenges Roe. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch asked the court to allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again or, at the very least, ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A ruling is expected in June.
The case has given pro-life advocates renewed hope that states soon may be allowed to protect unborn babies by banning abortions for the first time in nearly five decades. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group that studies abortion, predicts that Arkansas would be one of 26 states to ban abortions if Roe is overturned.
Others at the march also expressed hope for unborn babies’ future, including state Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton.
“Life is a precious gift from God, and it begins at conception,” Griffin said. “It is always an honor to stand with so many Arkansans to support life at the 44th annual March for Life. The pro-life army is on the march here in Arkansas!”
In a message on Twitter, Cotton said he felt “proud” to join so many people in marching to promote a culture of life in America.
Great turnout in Little Rock for the March for Life! Proud that so many Arkansans are committed to promoting a culture of life. pic.twitter.com/39Os8xCSAC
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 17, 2022
The national March for Life is scheduled for Friday in Washington, D.C. The annual peaceful demonstration draws hundreds of thousands of people from across the U.S. to march for the rights of unborn babies. Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in legal abortions.