It is not hard to figure out where Sen. Jason Rapert stands on most any issue.
He is upfront and unapologetic in his position, particularly in the fact that he is pro-life. And it is not just lip service to the issue.
He not only has he been endorsed by Arkansas Right to Life but he has pro-actively passed one of the most restrictive laws on abortion during the 2013 legislative session. The Heartbeat Protection Act effectively bans abortion at 12 weeks, the point at which a heartbeat is detectable with an ultrasound. The pushback against Roe v. Wade has been struck down but U.S. Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright’s decision is currently under appeal.
Needless to say, Rapert’s stance has earned him the opposition of not only the pro-choice activists, but the abortion industry in Arkansas. The most recent financial support shows that the largest abortion clinic in Arkansas is funding his opponent’s campaign.
Little Rock Family Planning Services contributed $1,000 to Democrat Joel Tyler Pearson, who is challenging Rapert in his re-election in November. According to the abortion clinic’s website, they offer abortion services during the second trimester of pregnancy – between 14 and 21 weeks.
Pearson’s report also shows contributions from employees of Planned Parenthood and from the Arkansas Director of the ACLU.
Pearson has raised a total of $46,928 with $38,198 cash on hand. Rapert has raised $111,825 and has $56,898 cash on hand.