Local cities and counties have joined the trend towards protecting human life from abortion. One Utah county just approved a resolution condemning abortion and declaring that all human life, including unborn people, have a right to life that must be protected under law.
The Utah County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday affirming its support for anti-abortion legislation at both the state and national levels.
Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee brought the resolution forward. While the resolution is not binding in any way, Lee said he felt it was important to bring it forward because the commissioners act as “thought leaders” in the community.
“If I had the ability to do something that had more of the force of law, I would,” Lee said.
The resolution declares that “all human life, regardless of age or circumstance, must be protected by the laws of society,” and, “We support legislation on the state and national levels that protects human life from its earliest stages, and we oppose lessening existing restrictions on abortion and euthanasia.”
The resolution goes on to state that the commission honors the rights of healthcare providers to object on moral grounds to performing abortions or euthanasia, supports the promotion of adoptions as an alternative to abortion, and supports efforts to educate and support parents in choosing “life-affirming” options.
“We recognize and support those who have to make the difficult decision as to whether to terminate a pregnancy in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s health is endangered,” the resolution says.
According to the report, the public was overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution — with 18 of 20 speakers on it declaring their support.
Earlier this month, leaders of Waskom, an eastern Texas city, said their pro-life ordinance is a preventive measure that they hope will keep abortion businesses out of their area.
Waskom is not far from the border of Louisiana, which recently passed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. City leaders said they do not want abortion businesses to try to open in their city to attract women from across the border.
The ordinance says Roe v. Wade and other laws permitting abortion are “unconstitutional usurpations of judicial power, which violate both the Tenth Amendment the Republican Form of Government Clause, and are null and void in the City of Waskom.”
“We decided to take things into our own hands, and we’ve got to do something to protect our cities and to protect the unborn children,” said Mark Lee Dickson, director of the Right to Life with East Texas
Roswell, New Mexico city leaders passed their pro-life resolution in March after state lawmakers considered a radical pro-abortion bill to expand late-term abortions. The bill narrowly failed in the state Senate.
About a month later, the Riverton City Council in Utah passed a similar resolution, declaring the city a “sanctuary for the unborn.”
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