On Thursday the Washington County Quorum Court overwhelmingly passed a resolution to declare that the county is Pro-Life.

The resolution reads,

WHEREAS, we affirm that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; and,

WHEREAS, we affirm our belief that God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them, Genesis 1:27; and,

WHEREAS, Amendment 68 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas makes clear that we are to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the Federal Government; and,

WHEREAS, it is the duty of governments, such as ours, to protect this unalienable right to life of every person within our jurisdiction.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, that Washington County, Arkansas, declares itself to be a Pro Life County, committed to the protection of all lives, including the lives of the unborn.

The resolution passed by a vote of 10-4.

This resolution sends a powerful message about where Washington County stands on abortion.

Planned Parenthood operated an abortion facility in Washington County for many years, but the facility closed in 2019 after the group’s landlord reportedly chose not to renew their lease. The fact that Washington County’s elected leaders passed this pro-life resolution shows that they want to protect the lives of unborn children in their community.

Any city, town, or county in Arkansas can pass a pro-life resolution like the one Washington County passed. In 2019 the City of Springdale passed a good, pro-life resolution.

Public opinion polling shows Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life. We hope other communities will do what Springdale and Washington County have done by passing their own pro-life resolutions soon.