On Thursday the quorum court in Jackson County, Arkansas, adopted a resolution affirming that the county is Pro-Life.
The resolution reads,
RESOLUTION NO. 2021-8
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF THE COUNTY OF JACKSON, STATE OF ARKANSAS, A RESOLUTION TO BE ENTITLED: A RESOLUTION DECLARING THAT JACKSON COUNTY IS A PRO-LIFE COUNTY.
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, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;
WHEREAS, Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution states that the policy of the State of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of state and local governments to protect the unalienable right to life of every person within their respective jurisdictions; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court stated in Poelker v. Doe, 432 U.S. 519 (1977), that the United States Constitution does not forbid a local government, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, that Jackson County, Arkansas, declares itself to be a Pro-Life County, committed to the protection of all lives, including the lives of the unborn.
Jackson County is Arkansas’ latest Pro-Life County.
This year Washington, Benton, Crawford, Cleburne, and Pope counties have passed resolutions affirming that they are Pro-Life. Springdale passed a pro-life resolution in 2019, and Jonesboro is currently considering passage of a similar resolution.
Last spring the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021. This good law recognizes that municipalities can designate themselves as Pro-Life.
In 1977 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Poelker v. Doe decision that communities can adopt pro-life resolutions and policies. Act 392 tracks with that supreme court decision.
Any community can pass a pro-life resolution like the ones that these municipalities have passed.
If you would like to learn more about how you can pass a pro-life resolution in your community, call the Family Council office at (501) 375-7000.