An Indiana county took a stand for life Monday when they passed a resolution declaring that unborn babies deserve a right to life.
The Kosciusko County Board of Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously, joining a growing number of communities across the United States that are speaking up against abortion.
“Human life begins at the moment of conception and continues, uninterrupted, until the moment of natural death,” the resolution states, referring to the right to life in the Declaration of Independence.
It also encourages community support for families in need, through pregnancy and parenting resources and adoption. In addition, it urges government leaders to “use every legal means to protect and fight for every human life, including the lives of unborn boys and girls.”
Other local governments in Indiana also passed pro-life resolutions this winter: Allen County and the cities of Huntertown, Woodburn and New Haven.
“We want to thank the Board of Commissioners for their leadership in encouraging the protection of all human life,” said Dave Koontz, executive director of Right to Life of North Central Indiana. “This resolution affirms that Kosciusko County encourages the support for women in difficult circumstances and is a reminder that there are always ways to support and love both the mother and baby. The passing of this resolution should also be an example to other north central Indiana counties to follow.”
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly reported about the Huntertown and Woodburn city council votes on Dec. 16.
Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger, a local resident who advocated for the resolutions, told the Huntertown Council that the resolution should not be controversial.
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“It’s just a basic support for what we all hold dear — what’s listed in the Declaration of Independence,” Humbarger said. “… This is all about being positive. It’s not against anything. We just want to make certain everyone knows that northeast Indiana, Allen County and here in Huntertown, there is a value for fetal life for an unborn.”
WBTA 21 reports the city council of New Haven passed a similar pro-life resolution Dec. 10.
New Haven was the first town 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.
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.
These pro-life measures come 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.