An Arkansas state House committee has passed a bill to crfeate a monument dedicated to memorializing the 64 million babies killed in aboritons.
Last week, the the Senate State Agencies Committee advanced a bill authorizing a pro-life monument at the Arkansas Capitol. S.B. 307 by Sen. Kim Hammer (R – Benton) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R – Perryville) authorizes a monument on the state capitol grounds commemorating the unborn children whose lives were lost in abortion.
The legislation establishes trust fund for privately supported Capitol memorial that mourns “unborn children aborted” in Arkansas. The bill estimates that between 1973 and 2022, at least 236,243 unborn children were aborted in Arkansas.
Yesterday, the Senate Bill 307 advanced from the House Committee on State Agencies and now it moves to the full House for consideration.
The House sponsor of the bill Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, said the monument would honor “the over 200,000 infants that were killed” between 1973 and 2022 when the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade allowed abortions.
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“This is a really simple bill which will allow citizens in the state to donate money for a monument so that we never forget the lives that were lost,” Bentley said.
Hammer has said he intends for the proposed monument to be tastefully done, adding there also are women who have regretted their abortions.
Under the bill, the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission would oversee the selection of the artist and design of the monument “with input from pro-life groups in Arkansas.”
S.B. 307 authorizes a privately-funded monument “as a memorial memorial to the lives lost from 1973 to 2022 due to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and as a constant reminder of our duty to protect the life of every innocent human person, no matter how young or old, or how helpless and vulnerable that person may be.”
Since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June of last year, abortion has been prohibited in Arkansas except to save the life of the mother.
Arkansas Family Council estimates that in the future, Arkansas’ pro-life laws could save up to 3,000 unborn children every year.