Planned Parenthood Opening New Abortion Facility in Little Rock

In July Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains announced plans to open a new abortion facility in west Little Rock.

The facility reportedly will be housed in a former foot and ankle clinic in the 1500 block of Aldersgate Road.

It’s sadly ironic that the nation’s largest abortion provider is placing an abortion facility on a road named after the place in England where the Rev. John Wesley had a profound religious awakening before he started the Methodist movement in the 18th century.

Based on legal documents and state reports from 2017, Family Council estimates that Planned Parenthood is responsible for approximately 70% of all chemical abortions in Arkansas.

In May Planned Parenthood of the Great Plains held a fundraiser in Little Rock, where they reportedly raised $115,000.

Planned Parenthood currently has an abortion facility on 12th Street in Little Rock, and that facility reportedly will remain open while the group transitions to the new facility on Aldersgate.

In Fayetteville, Planned Parenthood is searching for a new facility location after the group’s landlord reportedly opted not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease earlier this year.

As a result, Planned Parenthood has stopped doing abortions in northwest Arkansas for the time being. That’s really good news.

Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood is unveiling a new facility in Little Rock, here’s something important to remember:

Abortion in Arkansas has been in decline for years.

In 2018, Arkansas’ abortion numbers hit a 42-year low, and public opinion polling shows most Arkansans believe abortion ought to be completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances.

Slowly but surely, we’re winning the fight to protect innocent human life in Arkansas.

Three Abortion Facilities Will File Legal Challenge After Found Violating State Law

Planned Parenthood’s two abortion facilities in Arkansas as well as a separate surgical abortion facility in Little Rock filed a notice in court that they will appeal the State Board of Health’s recent determination that the clinics violated a pro-life law Family Council supported in 2015.

In 2015 the Arkansas Legislature passed the Woman’s Right to Know Act that ensures women inquiring about abortion are given all the facts first — including information about abortion’s risks, consequences, and alternatives. The law also says women must be given at least 48 hours to weigh their options and that they cannot be charged for the abortion or for services related to the abortion before that 48-hour reflection period is over.

In some states, abortion facilities charge women up front for an abortion, before the end of any waiting periods. This can make the woman feel financially obligated to go through with the abortion even if she has second thoughts about abortion. The Woman’s Right to Know Act helps prevent that from happening in Arkansas.

Since 2015, annual reports from the Arkansas Department of Health indicate┬ámore than 700 women have chosen not to have abortions after receiving the information outlined in the Woman’s Right to Know Act.

Last spring inspectors with the Arkansas Department of Health cited Planned Parenthood’s facilities and Little Rock Family Planning Services for charging women for some procedures related to abortion before the end of the 48-hour reflection period. The three clinics took their case to the State Board of Health, which determined last October that the facilities had in fact violated state law.

This week the three clinics announced they will appeal that decision in court.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Planned Parenthood, Little Rock Family Planning Services, and the ACLU will argue that the law is unconstitutional and overly burdensome and that the Health Department exceeded its authority.

I am confident Arkansas can win this legal challenge over the state’s pro-life law.

Many states require abortionists to wait anywhere from 24-72 hours before performing an abortion, and Arkansas is not the only state that prohibits abortion facilities from charging women ahead of time for abortion or abortion-related procedures.

One of the jobs of the Arkansas Department of Health is to inspect abortion facilities to ensure they are complying with state laws. If they don’t have the authority to cite Planned Parenthood for violating this law, who does?

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