Henderson County, North Carolina joined at least six other counties this winter in urging their state legislature to protect unborn babies by banning abortions.
WLOS 13 News reports the Henderson County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting a state heartbeat bill at their meeting Monday, a vote that received applause from local residents.
“The baby doesn’t have a chance, so somebody needs to look out for the baby,” Commissioner Rebecca McCall said, according to the local news. She said the resolution “shows people where our position is, and, if more get behind a resolution, then it could possibly make a difference.”
Republican state lawmakers recently introduced House Bill 31 to bans abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. 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.
In their resolution, the Henderson County Commissioners urged lawmakers to protect unborn babies, “the youngest members of the human family,” and their right to life guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
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“The presence of a heartbeat is a universal and scientific accepted indicator that life does exist,” the resolution states. “… Constitutional protections should be guaranteed to every living person, including the unborn, that are unable to express or defend themselves.”
The resolution also referred to state health statistics that show an average of 27,400 abortions every year in North Carolina, most of which happen after the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.
The commissioners’ action received criticism from the local Democratic Party.
“It’s nothing but posturing on the commission’s part,” county chair Cindy Ellis said in a statement to the local news. “It’s an issue that has nothing to do with county business or governance, and is taking a stance on an issue that is divisive amongst their constituency.”
But McCall said abortion affects everyone at every level of society.
“I don’t see how they can say it doesn’t affect Henderson County, it affects all of us, it affects our entire state and affects our entire nation,” she responded to Ellis.
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 hurts 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.