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Student says pro-life resolution is harmful to women’s rights

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 12:49 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University student says Jonesboro’s pro-life resolution is pointless and unnecessary.

Aliah Rowe, the president of Young Democrats at A-State, says the resolution is harmful to women’s reproductive rights, like promoting pro-life days and festivals.

“Banning something isn’t the way to get rid of something. There’s plenty of ways to get rid of unwanted pregnancies, one of those being money towards a male birth control option, common sense, sex education,” said Rowe.

Rowe says she fears the consequences if other cities and counties adopt pro-life resolutions, like in Jackson County, which approved a resolution on Thursday.

She says if a city wants to be pro-life, it should focus on its homeless population and veterans.

The resolution’s sponsor, Councilman Bobby Long, issued this statement Wednesday:

This resolution is meant to affirm our support, as a city, of the Arkansas legislature on their efforts to protect life, and to embolden them to hold strong and push forward. I believe it reflects the attitudes and ideals of our community which affirm that life matters including the distinctly unique and precious life inside the womb. I feel the ability to advertise our city as a Pro-Life city will be a very positive step for Jonesboro.

When the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 392 which allowed cities and municipalities to designate themselves as a Pro-Life city, I felt an excitement that I could author a resolution that would do just that. This resolution is in accordance with this Act.

Even within our own Arkansas State Constitution, Amendment 68 under Section 2 states: “The policy of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth, to the extent permitted by the Federal Constitution.” This resolution affirms our Arkansas State Constitution.

The 5th and 14th amendment to our US Constitution say that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; This resolution affirms and supports that belief.

Before every council meeting, we pray to God that He would give us wisdom, guidance, protection, and favor. How can we, of sound conscious, ask these things of our Creator then reject an opportunity to take a stand for those who He has fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together in HIS image.

Bobby Long, Jonesboro City Council

The resolution will be discussed by the Public Services Committee on Sept. 21.

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