On Monday night the Newton County Quorum Court met in Jasper, Arkansas, where they passed a resolution affirming that the Newton County is Pro-Life. Newton County joins a growing list of communities in Arkansas that have publicly taken a pro-life position.
Last year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch). This good law affirms that cities and counties can designate themselves as Pro-Life. Act 392 also says that Pro-Life Communities can install signs or banners announcing that they are Pro-Life.
To date, 16 counties have passed resolutions recognizing unborn children and affirming that they are Pro-Life, and several cities and towns have passed Pro-Life resolutions as well.
Besides Newton County, so far Washington, Benton, Crawford, Cleburne, Pope, Jackson, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, Sebastian, Lee, White, Prairie, Searcy, and Carrol counties have adopted Pro-Life resolutions — and so have the cities and towns of Marianna, Russellville, Springdale, LaGrange, Moro, Aubrey, Haynes, and Marshall.
Public opinion polling has shown time and time again that Arkansans oppose abortion.
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Most Arkansans believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or legal only under certain circumstances, and Arkansas has passed some of the strongest pro-life laws of any state in the nation.
In light of that, it makes sense that so many communities in Arkansas would vote to affirm that they are Pro-Life.
We look forward to other cities and counties passing Pro-Life resolutions in the coming week!
LifeNews Note: Jerry Cox is the president of the Arkansas Family Council.