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Abortion-rights rally at Arkansas capitol encourages activism

By Emma Pettit

This article was published January 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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People cheer in favor of DACA during a speech by Diana Pacheco at Saturday’s Rally for Reproductive Justice in Little Rock. More photos are available at arkansasonline.com/galleries.

8th Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice

Medical students, immigrant rights activists and self-described “nasty women” gathered at the Arkans...

Diana Pacheco (left) wipes away a tear during her speech as Anika Whitfield cheers her on during the 8th annual Rally for Reproductive Justice on Satu...

Speakers at a reproductive-rights rally in Little Rock on Saturday covered a range of topics, but sang the same refrain to a crowd of hundreds: After you leave, sign up and show up.

8th Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice

Medical students, immigrant rights activists and self-described “nasty women” gathered at the Arkans...

Diana Pacheco (left) wipes away a tear during her speech as Anika Whitfield cheers her on during the 8th annual Rally for Reproductive Justice on Satu...

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smmlv3 says... January 21, 2018 at 6:17 a.m.

Some of us on the other side of the "reproductive rights" issue simply do not believe abortion should be used for birth control because we value human life. Our side of the movement should call itself "Reproductive Responsibility".

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gohog2018 says... January 21, 2018 at 11:51 a.m.

Looks like the "cream of the crop", doesn't it? Sad!

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GeneralMac says... January 21, 2018 at 12:32 p.m.

Look at those smiling faces.
Amazing that the word "abortion" makes them so happy.

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Jesuswillsave says... January 21, 2018 at 1:53 p.m.

Shame Shame on folks that value life so little that they believe it OK to kill. It may be legal but it is still wrong.

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SarahBee says... January 21, 2018 at 2:20 p.m.

This Rally was so much more than your headline would lead people to believe. There are many more issues that are considered to be Reproductive Rights. Abortion is only one. Access to affordable housing and healthcare, access to public schools and special education, rights for all oppressed peoples and groups including women, immigrants, disabled, people of color, all sexual orientations. Hunger and food insecurity are Reproductive Justice issues. The standard definition we use for Reproductive Justice is "The right to HAVE children, the right to NOT HAVE children and the right to PARENT the children we have in SAFE and HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS." Access to affordable contraceptives and sexual health education would go a long way to promoting "Reproductive Responsibility" And yes, we think we are the 'cream of the crop', we DO value lives and support a woman's right to make her own, personal decision about HER pregnancy without intimidation or shame.

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TimberTopper says... January 21, 2018 at 2:47 p.m.

Hey Jesuswillsave, how do you feel about the death penalty?

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gohog2018 says... January 21, 2018 at 3:09 p.m.

I hope NONE of these women reproduce, man! And SarahBee, do you think you have the "right" to kill the unborn? Then don't tell us you "value" life, if only you could ask the unborn how they feel. You women are irresponsible and utterly selfish!

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23cal says... January 21, 2018 at 5:13 p.m.

Good post, SarahBee.
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The fanatics are too dumb to realize that abortions are going to happen regardless of the draconian laws they want passed against it. Always has happened, always will, regardless of laws. However, it makes them feel all smug and holier-than-thou to claim they value life and you don't. It is partly a way of self-pleasuring for them and is usually mixed in with wanting to use the government as cudgel to be cruel to desperate people who don't buy their brand of cult inspired b.s.
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The sad thing is that we could work together to lower the abortion rate by providing social programs which remove a lot of the reasons for destitute and desperate people to feel abortion is the only way out for them. They could be pushing for the two things that have been shown to have a huge impact on abortion rates: free and easily accessible birth control and age appropriate sex education all the way through school. Instead of supporting any of these, their only solution are dystopian laws which will force desperate women back into back alley clinics with butcher knives and coat hangers. Then they brag about how much they value life. They aren't interested in "saving babies" they are interested in criminalizing sex .
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I regret, SarahBee, that you threw your pearls before swine whose narrow view of valuing life is restricted to dooming women to the unsafe practices which killed them and made them sterile before Roe v. Wade.

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GeneralMac says... January 21, 2018 at 7:06 p.m.

When the United States Supreme Court upheld the ban on partial birth abortion, EVERY Democrat campaigning for president voiced their displeasure with the ban..
(partial birth abortion is when a late term baby is only delivered until the head is out, then a scissors is thrust thru the base of the skull killing it )
If the rest of the body was out, it would be murder.

Despite the vast majority of Americans opposing that barbaric procedure, Barack HUSSEIN Obama was one of the campaigners against the ban.

Pandering to get a few votes from the far left .

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GeneralMac says... January 21, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

They outlaw freak shows at carnivals/fairs but allow them at the capital steps in Little Rock ?

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