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2:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

4th Annual Reproductive Rights Rally To Be Held Saturday

2013 Rally
Credit Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Abortion rights advocates will be holding their 4th annual Reproductive Rights Rally Saturday on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol.

Speakers will include Rabbi Berry Block of Temple B’nai and Adjoa Aiyetero, a professor of UALR's Bowen School of Law.

Ali Taylor, the 2014 rally chair, says they are gathering "to celebrate reproductive justice, the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to raise the children we have in safe and healthy environments."

More information about the event can be found on the organization's facebook page

The rally follows a year that saw the Arkansas Legislature pass several measures restricting abortion, including separate laws banning abortion after 12 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Jerry Cox, executive director of the conservative Family Council, says there is good news for those wanting to limit abortions.

"The pro-choice side of the issue has said abortion ought to be safe, legal and rare.  We agree on at least two of those that it ought to be safe and it ought to be rare and that's what we're trying to do and that's what I believe these laws are doing.  And, in fact, it's evidenced in the number of abortions that are performed in Arkansas each year.  We are at the lowest point that we have been since 1977," Cox said.

With challenges pending to laws passed last year, courts will eventually decide whether they are constitutional.

2013 Rally
Credit Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice