A North Carolina county joined a growing number of local governments this month in taking a stand for the rights of unborn babies.
On Nov. 23, the Davidson County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting a state heartbeat bill, The Dispatch reports. Republican state lawmakers recently introduced state House Bill 31 to bans abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable in North Carolina.
The Davidson County resolution quotes the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees every person “life, liberty and property” along with equal protection under the law.
“It is the position of the Davidson County Board of Commissioners that Constitutional protections should be guaranteed to every living person including the unborn that are unable to express or defend themselves,” the resolution states. “The presence of a heartbeat is a universal and scientific accepted indicator that life does exist.”
According to state health statistics, about 27,400 unborn babies are aborted in North Carolina every year. Most abortions happen after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected outside the womb, about six weeks of pregnancy.
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State Rep. Larry Potts, who represents Davidson County, is a co-sponsor of the heartbeat bill, according to the report.
“All life is important, and for me, life begins at conception,” Potts said. “I know not everyone agrees, but I feel we have an obligation to protect the unborn… Having unprotected sex comes with consequences. The mother and the father made that decision, the baby didn’t have any choice and I believe the right to life is one of the most basic rights there are.”
More than a dozen states have passed heartbeat bills that protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. However, Texas is the only state that has been allowed to enforce its law, and the U.S. Supreme Court is considering requests to block it.
The commissioners’ action represents a growing movement among local governments to take a stand for life. Abortion affects communities large and small, and the massive loss of unborn babies to abortion is prompting many local government leaders to action.
Within the past couple years, city and county government leaders have passed dozens of resolutions and ordinances in support of unborn babies’ right to life. These include more than 40 Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances in Texas, Nebraska and Ohio that ban abortions within city limits. Ordinances are enforceable legislation, while resolutions are statements of support.