In an email message, pro-lifers coordinating 40 Days for Life in Rogers wrote that vandals cut down pro-life banners at St. Stephen Church in Bentonville on Friday.
The banners accompany a display of crosses that represent aborted children. Pro-lifers periodically move the banners and crosses from location to location throughout Northwest Arkansas.
The banners reportedly were hung back up and a police report was filed.
The email also described a group of pro-abortion protesters from Missouri who gathered at one of the pro-life prayer vigils last week.
These are the first pro-abortion demonstrators we have seen since January 2022. Pro-lifers attempted to have a calm and rational conversation with the demonstrators’ questions and accusations — but to no avail. Pro-Lifers continued praying and remained peaceful, however, when one demonstrator became particularly assertive, prayer warrior Arthur P. called 911. Perfect! The pro-abortionists calmed down, seemed a bit deflated and eventually left. Rogers Police took a few notes and thanked pro-lifers for calling them. We haven’t seen demonstrators since.
40 Days for Life is not a rally or protest. It is a peaceful, pro-life assembly for prayer and reflection — and it works.
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Arkansas law generally prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother, but Planned Parenthood — the nation’s leading abortion provider — still has offices in Little Rock and Rogers.
LifeNews Note: Jerry Cox is the president of the Arkansas Family Council.