March for Life set for Jan. 19 at the Arkansas State Capitol

Caleb Yarbrough

Arkansas Baptist News

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Right to Life (ARTL) March for Life, the largest annual gathering of pro-life advocates in Arkansas, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19 in Little Rock.

Staging for the 42nd annual march will begin at 1:30 p.m., between Battery and Wolfe streets on West Capitol Ave., on the west side of the Arkansas State Capitol building. At 2 p.m., Arkansas Right to Life President Andy Mayberry will lead marchers to the steps of the Capitol where a short program will take place.

“The observance is a peaceful and prayerful event that attracts thousands of Arkansans from across the state, including churches and families, to remember the millions of unborn children who have been killed by legal abortion,” ARTL said in a Jan. 3 press release. “The march marks the 47th anniversary of the January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.”

The March for Life program, which follows the actual march, will feature keynote speaker Emmy Award-winner Ryan Bomberger, the co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, a Virginia-based pro-life non-profit, and author of “Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong.”

Bomberger’s biological mother was raped. Instead of having an abortion, Bomberger’s mother chose to put him up for adoption, according to Bomberger was adopted at six weeks of age and was raised by loving parents in a “multi-‘racial’ Christian family of 15.”

Ten of the 13 children in Bomberger’s adopted family were adopted.

“His (Bomberger’s) life defies the myth of the ‘unwanted’ child as he was adopted, loved and has flourished,” reads Bomberger’s biography featured on

“Forty-seven years ago the American public was duped into believing that abortion would only be used in the rarest of circumstances and only in the first months of pregnancy,” said Rose Mimms, ARTL executive director. “But now the veil has been lifted from our eyes as the reality of abortion on demand now includes the killing of newborns and the repeal of any protections whatsoever for the lives of innocent unborn children,” Mimms said.

In addition to Bomberger, other program participants will include Rev. Marvin Barham, pastor of Jubilee Church International, Maumelle, and Father Josh Stengel, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Little Rock. Music will be performed by Doug and Stephanie Goodman.

For more information on the Arkansas Right to Life March for Life visit,

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