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Issue Position: Pro-Life

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Endorsed by Arkansas Right to Life in 2008, Sen. Gilbert Baker has earned his reputation as a strong advocate for the rights of unborn children. A leader in both words and action, Senator Baker led the charge in the Arkansas Senate to pass Act 537 in 2005, which required parental consent before a teenager could obtain an abortion. Additionally, in 2009 Senator Baker co-sponsored legislation to ban partial birth abortions in Arkansas and co-sponsored a concurrent resolution to encourage the U.S. Congress to do the same.

Sen. Baker is a strong supporter of pregnancy centers in Arkansas that help women find an alternative to abortion and authored a legislative citation in 2009 to honor the workers at the centers -- a citation that was overwhelmingly approved by the Arkansas General Assembly. "Those that serve within pregnancy centers are to be commended for their sacrifice of time, energy and resources on behalf of thousands of families in our communities," Baker said in support of the citation. "Your network of support for women is a wonderful example of that great spirit of American volunteerism that is so critical, especially in today's economy."

Joining with other conservatives and moderates on both sides of the aisle, Senator Baker has worked extensively in many ways to limit abortions in Arkansas, and he will continue to do the same in the U.S. Senate.


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