On Tuesday the City of Marshall, Arkansas, passed a resolution affirming that it is pro-life.
Marshall joins a growing list of Pro-Life Cities and Counties in Arkansas.
Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) affirms that cities and counties can designate themselves as Pro-Life.
Act 392 also makes it clear that Pro-Life Communities can install signs or banners announcing that they are Pro-Life.
Since Act 392 was enacted last year, Arkansas has seen a rapid expansion of Pro-Life Cities and Counties across the state.
Washington, Benton, Crawford, Cleburne, Pope, Jackson, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, Sebastian, Lee, White, and Prairie counties have adopted Pro-Life resolutions — and so have Marianna, Russellville, Springdale, LaGrange, Moro, Aubrey, and Haynes.
In 1977 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Poelker v. Doe decision that communities can adopt pro-life resolutions and policies.
Marshall’s Pro-Life Resolution says,
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 City Council of the City of Marshall, Arkansas:
Section 1: It is the policy of the City of Marshall to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death.
Section 2: The City of Marshall declares itself to be a Pro-Life County.
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.
Stay tuned as other cities and counties pass their own resolutions declaring that they are Pro-Life!