Media Swings And Misses On Rutledge E-mail Non-Story

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Some eager journalists thought they’d gotten a major scoop yesterday after the state Department of Human Services (DHS) released the emails of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge that she wrote during her 14 months as a DHS lawyer. One of the e-mails released contained this bombshell: A pregnant woman, no matter what age, should have the right to an abortion without parental notification anyway — we shouldn't allow wacko religious parents to force a young woman to carry to term a … [Read more...]

Pryor Attacks Religious Liberty

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Last week I wrote about Mark Pryor’s MIA stance on Senator Harry Reid's (and his fellow Senate Democrats’) bill -- the bill that would have essentially overridden the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision,which protectedreligious liberty rights for business owners. I asked his press secretary for a statement regarding his stance on the bill, but she never got back to me. To no one’s surprise, yesterday we found out that Pryor found another area of agreement with Reid on this issue. Pryor … [Read more...]

Does the ‘Private’ Option Fund Abortion? Many Pro-Life Experts Say ‘Yes’

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David Ferguson of Conduit For Action made a splash last week when he published a new paper entitled, “Private Option = Abortion Services.” The paper succeeded in setting Twitter ablaze, causing several legislators to lash out. Speaker Davy Carter even called the report “lies.” But the important issue here isn’t whether or not lawmakers like the paper or agree with its conclusion. What is important is: are the claims true? Does the Obamacare “private” option cover abortion services? I am far … [Read more...]

Jerry Cox Weighs In On Pro-Life Developments!

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Two bills of significant impact took steps forward in the legislative process at the state capitol today: one is Rep. Andy Mayberry's "fetal pain bill" which cleared the House Public Health Committee today. The other is Senator Jason Rapert's "heartbeat bill" which passed the full Senate today by a vote of 28-6. What do these bills actually say? Will they become law? What will their impact be on public policy in Arkansas if they do become law? These are the types of questions I asked Mr. … [Read more...]

Senator Rapert Presents “Heartbeat Bill”

Senator Jason Rapert presented his "heartbeat bill" before the Senate Public Health Committee this morning. Essentially, the bill would outlaw abortions in Arkansas after a fetal heartbeat is detected. I didn't have a great seat for filming -- and my camera's memory filled up right as the discussion got really good -- but here are a few video snippets: You can read the heartbeat bill, SB134, here. … [Read more...]

Todd Akin: The Arkansas Angle

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, nominee for the 2012 Worst Misunderstanding of Reproductive Biology Award.

After Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s regrettable statement on Sunday, that “the female body” has a biological response to rape that typically blocks pregnancy,  observers of Arkansas political history were probably experiencing déjà vu. In 1998, Arkansas Senate candidate Fay Boozman expressed a similar view: namely, that the rush of adrenaline created by the anxiety of rape or incest would make conception unlikely to occur. (Although it was widely misreported that Dr. Boozman had used … [Read more...]