Pro-life Arkansans, including many Arkansas Baptists, take to the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to voice their opposition to legalized abortion. Jan. 21 during the 40th Annual March for Life sponsored by Arkansas Right to LIfe. The event’s keynote speaker was Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Photos by Caleb Yarbrough
Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march
Arkansas Baptist News
LITTLE ROCK – Hundreds of Arkansans flooded the steps of the Arkansas Capitol Jan. 21 to a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace.” They held signs of protest, lifted their voices and clapped their hands in support of America’s unborn.
The 40th Annual March for Life, sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, drew attendees from across the Natural State, representing numerous religious groups, racial makeups and government offices and agencies.
Speakers included Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Rep. Andy Mayberry, president of Arkansas Right to Life.
“I believe the Supreme Court needs to reverse Roe v. Wade,” said Hutchinson. “Until that happens, let’s continue marching.”
“I want to express my appreciation to legislators, members of the general assembly and our constitutional officers that have helped work with you and Arkansas Right to Life to make Arkansas the number two pro-life state in the nation,” said Hutchinson.
“We have achieved that because we believe in the life of the unborn.”
Following Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Griffin told the crowd that the Bible says that we can know God through the beauty of His creation.
“Let me tell you another testament to God’s power and His majesty – the gift of life,” said Griffin.
“I have a two-and-a-half-week old child. With modern technology, early on in the pregnancy, we are able to see that life grow,” said Griffin.
“And let me tell you, I don’t see how anyone – anyone – could look at that and not see that that is God’s precious creation of a human. Period,” he said.
“What that means consequently is that when you stop that new life from living, you are killing a human. That is what you are doing. I just want to thank y’all for year after year after year for being here and showing passion and being tenacious and never giving up,” said Griffin.
“Just remember, we don’t need to wait until we are with our Savior in heaven to see evidence of His power. Look around; look at the people standing beside you. Those are walking miracles, testaments to God’s power and love.”
Rutledge was the event’s keynote speaker. She shared about her own passion for life as well as her work fighting for pro-life causes as the state’s chief law enforcement and legal officer.
“(Jan. 22) marks 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. That decision changed the very fabric of who we are as a nation, but because of the strength and resiliency of people like each and every one of you, one day our country will find its way back to protecting the sanctity of life for the unborn,” said Rutledge.
Rutledge added that she was once told that a good lawyer argues a case with his or her head while a great lawyer argues with his or her “whole heart.”
“As your attorney general, I can assure you that we now have lawyers that are great lawyers and are arguing these cases, on pro-life statutes, with their whole hearts and their heads,” she said.
“Psalm 127:3 tells us, ‘Children are a gift of the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward,’” said Rutledge.“May we all be rewarded, and may all rewards be protected. God bless you; God bless Arkansas and God bless the United States of America.”
Contact Caleb Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.