A pro-life state
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Arkansas has been described as the second most pro-life state in the country. This is mainly because of the number of laws enacted by the state legislature to restrict abortion.
Many pro-life Catholics demonstrated their respect for life by participating in the diocese's first Eucharistic Procession for Life in addition to the annual Mass for Life and March for Life. While teens attended the Weekend for Life, adults and families could learn during the new Hearts for Life conference.
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor continued to emphasize the Church's teachings that respecting life means taking a position on a broad range of other issues as well as abortion.
"This Gospel of Life that we proclaim places the sacredness of the human person at the center of our teaching and thus touches every aspect of life — in the womb, at the end of life and every stage in between," the bishop said in his Mass for Life homily.
In 2017, the latest available data, there were 3,249 abortions in Arkansas, 42 more than in 2016, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.
Aborted children ranged in gestation from less than five weeks, 638, to one at 20 weeks, or five months. There were 28 aborted at 19 weeks, in the second trimester, according to the ADH report. There were 921 medication abortions and 2,328 surgical abortions, through suction or through dilation and evacuation, termed in pro-life circles as “dismemberment abortion.”