On Thursday, the Washington County Quorum Court Committee passed a resolution to declare the county “Pro-Life,” becoming the first “Pro-Life” county in the state of Arkansas.
The resolution reads in part:
“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.”
Justice of the Peace Patrick Deakins originally submitted the resolution to the Quorum Court after deciding that on a local level, work needed to be done to support state and national efforts to protect the unborn and to send a clear message of the county’s dedication to promote the sanctity of life.
The resolution passed by a vote of 10-4.