A local government official in Maryland is facing a barrage of attacks for introducing a resolution recognizing that unborn babies are human beings.
The Washington Examiner reports Anne Arundel County Councilman Michael Anthony Peroutka introduced the resolution on July 18 to recognize the scientific fact that unborn babies are unique, living human beings.
“RESOLUTION recognizing and declaring humanity of preborn children and urging the citizens of Anne Arundel County to encourage the humane treatment of all human beings, including the preborn children, as well as promote and defend the dignity of all human life,” it states.
Later, it continues: “Resolved, That the County Council, as Board of Health, instruct the Health Officer to submit a report annually on the available data regarding intentional terminations of pregnancies in the County; available research on the emotional, physical, and psychological impacts of these terminations on the mother; and public health efforts to reduce the incidence of these terminations …”
Peroutka’s resolution is not binding, and it states a scientific fact: Human life begins at conception.
But abortion activists are causing an uproar.
This week, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the American Civil Liberties Union and Women Indivisible Strong Effective held a press conference to blast the proposal.
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According to the report:
“As Mayor of Annapolis, I will not stand by quietly while this type of extreme and unprecedented language is passed as public policy by the Anne Arundel County Council. Instead, I will stand with women, who have the right to make their own personal healthcare choices without interference from government,” Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said this week at a press conference hosted by Planned Parenthood of Maryland.
Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch announced in remarks of his own, “I am introducing an amendment to the State’s constitution during the 2019 legislative session to ensure that this does not become a legislative bargaining chip at the State or local level each year. A woman’s health decisions should be between her and her doctor,” he added.
The Maryland branch of Planned Parenthood claimed the resolution is an “attack on women” and could “threaten” their access to abortion. It urged the council to promote abortion — the killing of unborn babies from which Planned Parenthood profits hugely — instead.
The council is slated to consider the resolution Sept. 4.