Another North Carolina county has adopted a resolution calling for restored legal protections for unborn babies.
On Monday, the Stokes County Commissioners approved a resolution supporting a heartbeat bill in North Carolina, The Stokes News reports. The legislation would prohibit almost all abortions in the state by banning the killing of unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy.
During the meeting, Commissioner Andy Nickelston told the board about the county-level effort to pass pro-life resolutions and send a statement to the state legislature and governor about the value of unborn babies, according to the report.
“I think they said that North Carolina averages 27,400 abortions each year,” Nickelston said. “The chairman of the Commissioners in McDowell County had reached out to me about doing a resolution standing up against [abortions] and showing our support, and pass along to fellow counties and seeing if they would support it with us.”
At least four other North Carolina counties, including Randolph and Davidson, also passed resolutions this year supporting protections for unborn babies.
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Republican state lawmakers also recently introduced state House Bill 31 to bans abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable. However, the fate of the legislation is uncertain. Though pro-life Republicans control the state legislature, Gov. Roy Cooper is a pro-abortion Democrat and he has vetoed several pro-life bills. It is not clear if the legislature would have enough votes to override his veto.
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.
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.
More than a dozen Arkansas municipalities also have passed pro-life resolutions that declare their cities and towns to be sanctuaries for the unborn.