FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — On Friday, the Allen County Board of Commissioners unanimously declared Allen County to be a pro-life county by passing a resolution, Allen County Right to Life announced.
The group said the resolution, which is non-binding, affirms the right to life in the Declaration of Independence and states “human life begins at the moment of conception and continues, uninterrupted, until the moment of natural death.”
The Allen County resolution is the first county-wide human life resolution to be passed in the state. It comes just days after similar resolutions were passed in Huntertown and Woodburn.
The first Indiana resolution in support of life was passed on Dec. 10 in New Haven.
The resolution also encourages “assistance for women by helping them find health care; helping mothers and fathers who make the decision to parent their child; supporting mothers and fathers who make an adoption plan for their baby and couples who seek to adopt; and encouraging businesses and schools to provide appropriate accommodations for pregnant women.”
It also petitions officials at high levels of government to protect life by urging government to “use every legal means to protect and fight for every human life, including the lives of unborn boys and girls.”
“Allen County has been abortion-free since 2013 and this resolution affirms that our county stands ready to assist women in difficult circumstances rather than encourage them toward a life-ending decision,” said Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life. “There are always opportunities to love both mom and baby and this resolution invites all of Allen County to commit to this worthy goal.”
The push for these resolutions comes after Planned Parenthood opened a new clinic on Lake Avenue in September. Although that clinic does not perform abortions Chris Carbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, told the Seattle Times that she “absolutely” wants to start offering abortions at the clinic. Humbarger said those developments played a part in pushing for the resolutions.
“That certainly got our attention and we want to make certain that if an abortion provider chooses to come to Northeast Indiana that they understand that the folks here value life and that the neighbors that they will find here might not be willing to welcome them here with open arms.”
Fort Wayne’s Planned Parenthood clinic does not perform abortions, but they can refer patients for one. Humbarger says Right to Life has made their information available to other communities in the area who may be looking at passing similar resolutions.
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