On Tuesday the Lowell City Council passed a resolution affirming that it is a Pro-Life City.
The resolution reads,
A RESOLUTON AFFIRMING THE CITY OF LOWELL’S COMMITMENT TO THE DIGNITY OF ALL LIFE AND DESIGNATING THE CITY OF LOWELL, ARKANSAS, AS A PRO-LIFE CITY
WHEREAS, we are granted inalienable rights by our Creator, among them being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and these inalienable rights have been clearly stated and implemented through venerable documents that make the foundation of the United States of America, specifically the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable and should not be denied; 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 to the extent permitted by the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, state and local governments throughout the United States are governed by the United States Constitution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence and should strive to protect the unalienable rights to life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of each and every person within their jurisdiction; and
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WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas passed Act 392 of 2021 affirming the right of a municipality to declare the municipality as a pro-life city; and
WHEREAS, the City of Lowell places the highest value on protecting the unalienable right to life of every person within their jurisdiction as evidenced by its dedication to protect and educate every child, regardless of income, race, or faith, provide economic opportunities and enhancing quality of life for everyone, welcoming businesses and care facilities, supporting small-business growth, and through its commitment to the Lowell Senior Activity Center while provides a vital place to participate in activities to enhance the health of our seniors and provide social opportunities and a place to receive needed care.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Lowell of the County of Benton, Arkansas, that the City of Lowell declares itself a Pro-Life City.
Lowell is the first city in Arkansas to affirm it is Pro-Life since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on June 24 of this year.
To date, 20 counties and 14 cities and towns in Arkansas have adopted pro-life resolutions like Lowell’s.
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.
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.
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 the Arkansas Legislature has prohibited abortion except to save the life of the mother.
With all of that in mind, it should come as no surprise that communities in Arkansas are affirming they are Pro-Life.
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and abortion effectively stopped in Arkansas, we look forward to other cities and counties passing Pro-Life measures in the coming months.