Washington County Passes Pro-Life Resolution

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.

Northwest Arkansas County Advances Pro-Life Resolution

On Monday the Washington County Quorum Court’s County Services Committee advanced a good resolution affirming that Washington County is a Pro-Life County.

The resolution is expected to go before the full Quorum Court at its next meeting in July.

The resolution affirms that Washington County is pro-life. It doesn’t carry the force of law, but it states the county’s commitment to protecting the lives of unborn children.

The resolution recognizes “that all men are created equal” and that “Amendment 68 to the Constitution of the State of Arkansas makes clear that we are to protect the life of every unborn child.”

The resolution comes as Planned Parenthood looks to hire new staff in the Northwest Arkansas area.

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

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can adopt pro-life policy positions like this resolution, and the City of Springdale adopted a pro-life resolution in 2019.

Affirming that cities and counties in Arkansas are Pro-Life is just one more way we can continue to oppose abortion and foster a culture that values the sanctity of human life.