An Indiana city just joined a growing list of communities that are taking a public stand for unborn babies.
WBTA 21 reports the city council of New Haven passed a pro-life resolution Tuesday, declaring that “the protection of all human life is important to the people of New Haven.”
The resolution states the scientific fact that human life begins at conception, and recognizes that “every human life is unique and precious to God and humankind.”
“The New Haven City Council believes human life must be protected and preserved,” the resolution states. It “encourages our state and federal government to use every legal means to protect and fight for every human life, including the lives of unborn boys and girls.”
The resolution also urges the community, schools and businesses to support pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers.
Cathie Humbarger, the executive director of Allen County Right to Life, praised local politicians for supporting the rights of children in the womb.
“Mayor Terry McDonald has honorably served New Haven for decades,” she said in a statement. “This resolution shows a deep care for those children, but also desires that needs be met for moms and dads as well.”
The town is believed to be the first in Indiana to pass a pro-life measure, but more than a dozen local governments in other states have passed similar resolutions and ordinances this year. An ordinance is a municipal government law or regulation. A resolution is a statement of support or opposition, but it is not legally enforceable.
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This year, seven Texas towns passed pro-life ordinances declaring themselves to be sanctuaries for the unborn and banning abortions. More cities are expected to follow.
Many of these pro-life measures came in response to abortion activists’ increasingly radical pro-abortion agenda. All of the top Democratic presidential candidates want to force 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.
New York, Illinois, Vermont and Rhode Island passed pro-abortion laws this year to allow viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.
In March, Roswell, New Mexico city leaders passed a pro-life resolution after state lawmakers considered a radical pro-abortion bill to expand late-term abortions. The bill narrowly failed to pass.
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 voted in favor of a resolution supporting protections for unborn babies. The council in Highland, Utah and the city of Springdale, Arkansas also approved pro-life resolutions this summer.