The city of Springdale, Arkansas became the latest to declare support for the rights of unborn babies on Tuesday in resistance to the radical pro-abortion agenda that is being pushed on Americans.
In front of a crowded room, the Springdale City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the pro-life resolution, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.
The resolution declares Springdale to be a pro-life city. It also tells the abortion chain Planned Parenthood that it is not welcome there, according to the report.
Though the statement does not have any legal weight, it sends a message that Springdale supports life, said council member Colby Fulfer, who proposed the measure.
“There’s no way we’re going to ban abortion,” because Roe v. Wade is still in place, he said. “We want to say the government of Springdale supports life from creation to conception to the end stages of life.”
Fulfer said he is concerned about Planned Parenthood opening a new location in their city after it closed its Fayetteville branch in July.
The city’s pro-life statement is “respectfully asking the abortion provider to find another city,” he added.
Prior to the vote, a number of people gave public statements for and against the resolution. One was local resident Eddie Cantu who shared how his mother tried to abort him, according to the report.
“She drank all kinds of things to cause an abortion and none of them worked,” he said. “It’s not that she didn’t want me. But if there had been a clinic, I might not be here today.”
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Speakers supported both sides of the issue, with nine speaking in support of the resolution and nine against. Observers on both sides clapped when they agreed with a speaker’s point and called out, “Lies! Lies!’ when they did not.
Six more speakers addressed the council, not supporting one side or the other, but rather saying this decision was not one for the City Council to make.
City Attorney Ernest Cate said the resolution is only a statement, and the city council is allowed to make statements.
Fulfer also said the overwhelming majority of residents who he has heard from support the resolution, the report states.
A growing number of towns and cities have passed resolutions this year in response to abortion activists’ increasingly radical pro-abortion agenda. The Democratic presidential candidates all support forcing taxpayers to fund abortions and oppose minor, common sense restrictions on abortions after viability. Many of them also voted against a bill to protect newborns from infanticide.
Several states, including New York, Illinois and Rhode Island, also passed pro-abortion laws this year to allow viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason.
In response, Roswell, New Mexico city leaders passed a pro-life resolution in March after state lawmakers considered a radical pro-abortion bill to expand late-term abortions. The bill narrowly failed to pass.
Then, in June, the eastern Texas city of Waskom adopted a pro-life ordinance declaring their home a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” In July, another Texas city considered a similar pro-life measure, but the council voted against it after the ACLU threatened a costly lawsuit.
In May, the Riverton City Council in Utah passed a similar resolution, declaring the city a “sanctuary for the unborn.” In June, the Utah County Commission unanimously passed a resolution supporting protections for unborn babies. Then in July, the council in Highland, Utah passed a similar pro-life resolution.