The Jonesboro City Council’s Public Services Council Committee will take up a pro-life resolution later this month, according to public documents.

The resolution reads,


Whereas, the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas, in accordance with Act 392, enacted into Law by the 93rd General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, wishes to affirm and dedicate itself as a “Pro-Life City;”

Whereas, the Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life;

Whereas, the United States Constitution declares in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments that no person shall be deprived of life without due process and equal protection of the law;

Whereas, the Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 68 declares the policy of the state is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth;

Whereas, it is the duty of local government to protect the unalienable right to life of every person within its jurisdiction, regardless of what higher ranking civil authorities may decree;

Therefore, without hesitation, inhibition, or compromise, The City of Jonesboro, Arkansas resolves to provide equal protection for life at all stages from conception until natural death and will be known in action and deed, recognized, and designated as a “Pro-Life City.”

If passed, this resolution would send a powerful message about where Jonesboro stands on abortion.

Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021 affirming that municipalities in Arkansas can designate themselves as Pro-Life.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions like this resolution.

The City of Springdale adopted a pro-life resolution in 2019, and Washington, Benton, Cleburne, and Crawford counties have passed pro-life resolutions this summer.

The fact is, any city, town, or county in Arkansas can pass a pro-life resolution like the one that Jonesboro is considering.

Public opinion polling shows Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life.

We hope Jonesboro and other communities will pass pro-life resolutions in the coming weeks.

If you would like to learn more about how you can pass a pro-life resolution in your community, give us a call at (501) 375-7000.