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ACRJ, Right to Life hold rallies at Capitol over weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (KTHV) - As the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade draws near, several groups are marching around the state capitol to bring awareness to each of their causes. Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) and Arkansas' Right to Life noth made an appearance at the steps this weekend.

Saturday, the ACRJ held its fourth annual rally on the steps of the capitol. One of the projects the group is most excited about is sending postcards to lawmakers.

Chair of the rally Ali Taylor said education is the most important part of reproduction.

"Education is a primary objective because you cannot protect yourself and maintain your health if you're not educated about how to do that," Taylor explained.

Since the reproductive justice rally began in 2011, the number of supporters has grown each year. This year, the ACRJ expects around 300 to 400 people.

Sunday marked Arkansas' Right to Life's 36th annual march on capitol grounds with pro-lifers marching in opposition of the state's current abortion laws. Activist Reg Hamman was pleased with Sunday''s turnout and is dedicated to his group's mission.

"It's just critical that we understand the preciousness of life and the fact that as a child is conceived it is a human being and unless it is interruped by abortion or some other means, that is a baby, that is a human being, and it should be protected," said Hamman.

The program concluded with the 12th annual Abortion Recovery Press Conference in the State Capitol Rotunda.