Northwest Arkansas city declares itself ‘pro-life’

Northwest Arkansas city declares itself ‘pro-life’

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — The Springdale City Council passed a resolution designating it as Arkansas' "first pro-life city."

The 6-1 decision came Tuesday night after council member Colby Fulfer brought the resolution before the Committee of the Whole on Aug. 5. Fulfer says the message behind the proclamation is for Planned Parenthood to find another city.

The health organization stopped providing services in July at its Fayetteville facility. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the group said it will announce a new location.

City Attorney Ernest Cate says the Planned Parenthood can still open in Springdale.

Residents at the council meeting were divided on the vote.

John Mathias, a nurse, says church and state should be separated and that Fulfer was sending the wrong message to northwest Arkansas. But Keith Underhill urged the council to vote for the resolution, saying "it's who we are."

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com