Arkansas House OKs Monument to unborn babies aborted under Roe
Arkansas lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) on Wednesday that would authorize the construction of a monument on the grounds of the state Capitol to unborn babies who lost their lives at the abortion at the time of Roe vs. Wade.
The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the “Monument to Unborn Children Display Act” 60-19, which would create a private fund to cover the cost of the monument. The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission would oversee the design of the monument, with the Secretary of State having the final say on the design and location of the monument, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
“Every year after deer was established in 1973, we had a March for Life here because we did not forget,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Bentley (R).
The bill, also known as Senate Bill 307, details how Arkansas, which now completely bans abortion except to save the life of the mother, was “impeded from protecting the lives of unborn children.” due to the Supreme Court decision. Roe vs. Wade decision, which declared a constitutional “right” to abortion.
“During the period from 1973 to 2022, approximately at least 236,243 elective abortions were performed in this state,” the bill says.
He keeps on:
In memory of the lives lost from 1973 to 2022 due to the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States, and in constant reminder of our duty to protect the life of every innocent human person, whether young or old or helpless and vulnerable that person may be, the Arkansas State General Assembly intends to enact the Unborn Monument Display Act and the Unborn Monument Display Fund.
Bentley said the legislation would allow the state to raise private funds for a memorial to “remember those children we couldn’t protect and can’t forget,” according to The Associated Press.
“The legislation does not specify where the monument would go on the grounds of the Capitol, which includes several other monuments, including one honoring the nine black students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School. The Capitol grounds also include a Ten Commandments monument which was installed in 2018,” according to the report.