Arkansas Monitor - August 5


Dear supporter,

If anyone had any doubts before, what we’ve seen this year should make it very clear: we are in a state of emergency for sexual and reproductive health care in America. It’s not a problem that anyone can simply hope will get better. It’s an emergency and a nationwide crisis — and we need to respond in kind.

Unlike a state of emergency that is called after natural disasters, this is a man-made disaster that is resulting in people’s lives being in danger. And people of color, trans people, and people in rural areas face some of the worst health outcomes. To respond to this disaster, we are calling on everyone to join us for this all hands on deck moment. 

In the last few years, Arkansas politicians have passed over 25 restrictions targeting abortion providers, pushing access to safe, legal abortion even further out of reach, and making barriers to care often insurmountable for many in the state. As 2020 quickly approaches, we need your help to continue fighting to keep personal decisions about reproductive health care just that –– personal, and not made by politicians.

Your continued support is crucial right now. There is still much work to do in Arkansas, and we need your help every step of the way. We hope you’ll stand with Planned Parenthood in one, or more, of the following ways:

  1. Attend an event below.

  2. Volunteer with us.

  3. Share your story about why Planned Parenthood matters to you.

  4. Make a donation.

  5. Follow Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes Arkansas on Twitter.

  6. Schedule an appointment at a Planned Parenthood health center near you.


In solidarity,

Gloria Pedro
Arkansas Manager of Public Policy and Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes


Federal judge temporarily blocks three Arkansas abortion bans, Arkansas Times

“In her ruling temporarily blocking the restrictions, Baker writes that the evidence presented during the hearing indicates that the three restrictions would cause ‘ongoing and irreparable harm’ to Planned Parenthood and Little Rock Family Planning, as well as the providers’ patients. Baker also writes that the OBGYN requirement restriction ‘imposes an undue burden on the right of women in Arkansas to seek an abortion,’ adding that ‘Arkansas women seeking abortions face an imminent threat to their constitutional rights.’”

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