On Tuesday night the Lee County Quorum Court passed a resolution affirming that the county is Pro-Life.
The resolution reads,
A RESOLTUION AFFIRMING THE COMMITMENT OF THE COUNTY OF LEE, ARKANSAS TO PROTECTING THE UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE OF EVERY PERSON; AND DECLARING THE COUNTY OF LEE, ARKANSAS TO BE 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; and
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 municipality, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Quorum Court of the County of Lee, Arkansas:
Section 1: It is the policy of the County of Lee to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death.
Section 2: The County of Lee declares itself to be a Pro-Life County.
Lee County is Arkansas’ eleventh Pro-Life County.
Washington, Benton, Crawford, Cleburne, Pope, Jackson, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, and Sebastian counties have approved pro-life resolutions over the past few months.
The City of Mariana — which is in Lee County — the City of Russellville, and the City of Springdale have passed resolutions affirming that they are Pro-Life as well.
The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) last spring. This excellent law affirms that cities, towns, and counties in Arkansas can designate themselves as Pro-Life.
As Lee County’s pro-life resolution notes, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions. That means any city, town, or county can pass a pro-life resolution like the ones that these communities have passed.
We know from public opinion polling that the vast majority of Arkansans believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances. With that in mind, it makes sense that communities in Arkansas would vote to affirm that they are Pro-Life.
We look forward to future communities passing their own resolutions declaring that they are Pro-Life — just like Lee County and these other municipalities have done.
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 or click here.