The 35th Annual Arkansas March for Life was held Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the state capital in Little Rock, Arkansas. To observe the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, participants marched from behind the State Capitol about 4 blocks, split into two groups to surround the Capitol building before uniting as one on the front steps for our program.
Black 40 “NO MORE” Ribbons were distributed to participants to wear throughout the year to educate about the issue of abortion. The program included Father Tom Keller, pastor of St. Rose Catholic Church, and Pastor Happy Caldwell of Agape Church.
The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Paul Greenberg, editor of the editorial page for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who spoke eloquently of his conversion to the pro-life cause. That conversion, he explained, was greatly aided many years ago by the Rev. Mike Huckabee (later Gov. Huckabee) when they traded editorials in the local newspaper on the divisive issue of abortion. Truth won out and what a wonderful convert to the pro-life movement Paul Greenberg has proven to be.
Rose Mimms, executive director of Arkansas Right to Life, shared the toll abortion has taken in our country, using 18 black balloons with the names of the 18 states whose population equals the 55 million abortions performed in the last 40 years. Over 100,000 lives have been lost in Arkansas alone. As she read the names of the states, balloons were released one by one. She also shared the number of those lives lost by age.
Hannah Trice read the poem by Catherine Walsh, “Will you sing me a Lullaby before I go.” Wayne Mays, president of Arkansas Right to Life, encouraged membership and support of the educational programs offered by Arkansas RTL.