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EDITORIAL | Monument to the Unborn? Is such a memorial appropriate for the state Capitol grounds?

March 23, 2023 at 10:00 p.m. | Updated March 25, 2023 at 1:57 p.m.

This week, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a law allowing a "monument to the unborn" to be placed on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The memorial would be dedicated to fetuses aborted in Arkansas before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year. The design and construction would be paid for with private fund. Afterward the state would maintain the monument.

The idea has sparked controversy, even among some pro-life state lawmakers. Opponents say it amounts to little more than gloating and will spur even more division on abortion. They also say such a monument has no place on public land that belongs to all Arkansans.

"Public memorials to our nation's wars where we face an external threat are right and proper," state Rep. Steve Unger, R-District 19, told ABC News. "A memorial to an ongoing culture war where we seem to be shooting at each other is not."

We want to know what you think. Is a monument to the unborn approriate for the state Capitol grounds? Or should such a monument not be placed on public land?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, March 29. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.

Last Week: Spring or Fall?

Last week's question was about the Four States Fair and Rodeo. Do you prefer the Four States Fair in the spring or would you prefer the event returned to it's fall roots?

Put it back in the fall but later in September or first part of October. No one pays any attention to it in the spring. -- B.W., Texarkana, Arkansas


- I'm all for Spring. I do not like being out there when it's HOT. It makes it not fun! Just my 2 cents.

- Fall

- Spring because it's not miserably hot

- Spring

- Fall

- Fall

- Fall

- Fall; however in September it's still hot here so it should be in October

- Fall spring yellow blue bring back the concerts!

- Fall but back in October like it was years ago.

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