On Tuesday the Bryant City Council adopted a resolution affirming that the community is Pro-Life. Bryant is located in Saline County, which approved a separate Pro-Life resolution in September.
Last year the Arkansas Legislature enacted Act 392 of 2021 by Rep. Kendon Underwood (R – Cave Springs) and Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) affirming 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.
Bryant’s pro-life resolution reads:
A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE COMMITMENT OF THE CITY OF BRYANT, ARKANSAS TO PROTECTING THE UNALIENABLE RIGHT OF LIFE OF EVERY PERSON; AND DECLARING THE CITY OF BRYANT, ARKANSAS TO BE A PROLIFE CITY
WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, and;
WHEREAS, Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution states that the policy of the State of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth; and;
WHEREAS, it is the duty of state and local governments to protect the unalienable right to life of every person within their respective jurisdictions; and;
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court stated in Poelker v. Doe, 432 U.S. 519 (1977), that the United States Constitution does not forbid a municipality, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Bryant, Arkansas:
Section 1: It is the policy of the City of Bryant to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death.
Section 2: The City of Bryant declares itself to be a Pro-Life City
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So far, 20 counties and 13 cities and towns in Arkansas have passed resolutions affirming that they are Pro-Life.
Benton, Washington, Crawford, Cleburne, Pope, Jackson, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, Sebastian, Lee, White, Prairie, Searcy, Carrol, Newton, Boone, Hot Spring, Madison, and Fulton counties have adopted Pro-Life resolutions.
As we have said many times, public opinion polling shows most Arkansans believe abortion ought to be either completely illegal or permitted only under certain circumstances, and Arkansas’ pro-life laws are among the best in the nation. In fact, Americans United for Life has ranked Arkansas the most pro-life state in America two years in a row!
With all of that in mind, it should come as no surprise that communities in Arkansas are affirming they are Pro-Life. We look forward to other cities and counties passing Pro-Life resolutions in the weeks to come!
LifeNews Note: Jerry Cox is the president of the Arkansas Family Council.