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I especting Life - Rose Mimms (from left), Jacki Ragan and Anne Dierks are key figures in develop- ment of the pro-life movement in Arkansas. Mimms is director of Arkansas Right to Life, Ragan is a delegate to the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, D.C., and Dierks is director of the :' Diocese of Little Rock Respect Life Office. vhat a powerful experience it is to Stand outside an abortion clinic and pray. To me it is a modern-day Calvary. Innocent lives are sacrificed we are there to witness their Short life and death, just like those who stood beneath the CrOss of Jesus. I'm sure that it is 0ae of the hardest things that the bishop has ever been asked to do "to watch the mothers as they a ive for their appointment, to the abortionist as he pulls i to the parking lot, and to watch wait with the boyfriends, husbands and children, for the !'Procedure" to be over. It was physically hard on the bishop, too. He stood in the heat Or rain for almost an hour, OWing the horror that was t ing place just a few feet away. As hard as this was, the bish- op never failed to participate. It Yeas such an encouragement to all Who came to have the bishop priests praying with us. :It wasn't long before Jody trzd I took another bold step for- bard. This time we planned a %Inrnunity pro-life event. The OCtober 24, 1998 first person sought for support and encouragement was Bishop McDonald. The bishop graciously met with me and listened intently as I outlined our plan for a Life Chain in Little Rock. I explained the purpose of having a Life Chain and the estimated cost. He gave his approval and a generous check to get us started. Although the bishop's schedule never allowed him to participate in the Life Chain, I always knew that he was there with us in spirit. Since then the bishop has remained a good friend and has been a source of strength and encouragement in times of crises. I recall an especially diffi- cult time when I was unable to prevent the attendance of Bill Clinton at Mass in my parish shortly after his first election as President. The bishop was sup- portive and approved of my plans to organize a picket in front of the church. He under- stood my objections and defend- ed my actions. Now that I am working full- time for Arkansas Right to Life, I have many opportunities to work with the bishop. He has been an active member from the very beginning of our orga- nization and personally partici- pates in many of our annual events, mainly the March for Life. In 1992 he was presented Arkansas Right to Life's most prestigious honor, the Mary Rose Doe Award. His dedication and leadership have advanced the pro-life movement in Arkansas throughout the years. His devotion and humble regard of the sanctity for human life is an inspiration to all who are involved in the struggle to restore respect and dignity to all human life. Rose Mimms is the director of Arkansas Right to Life in Little Rock. 9"1