On Tuesday, Wilkes County, North Carolina commissioners voted unanimously to protect children in the womb from abortion as part of the Personhood Alliance’s Safe Cities and Counties initiative. It has now become the third county in the nation to do so.
Life Site News reports:
Tuesday night, families and local community leaders packed the Wilkes County commissioner’s meeting. There was excitement and anticipation in the room as they waited to begin. The commissioners did not disappoint — voting unanimously in favor of the Resolution for Life, the first of three steps in the Personhood Alliance’s Safe Cities and Counties initiative. The resolution was the culmination of months of work among 30 churches, representing 7 different denominations throughout the county. Pastor David Dyer, of Fairplains Baptist Church had this to say:
Pastor David Dyer of Fairplanes Baptist Church said, “This resolution represents the deeply held convictions of thousands of citizens in Wilkes County. Men and women from across this county have signed their names in support of this effort to declare that a child in the womb has equal value to you and to us.”
The newly approved resolution is the first step in ending abortion in Wilkes County. The resolution declares Wilkes County to be a “strong advocate for life” and urges its citizens to “promote and defend the inalienable right to life” and the “inherent dignity of all human beings, including the unborn” through “all stages of development.” It also lays out the legal and moral foundations for why citizens are choosing to become a Safe County.
Now, like Yadkin and Davie counties before them, Wilkes County is ready to move into the second step, which builds on the first, by creating a coalition of local churches, businesses, pro-life ministries, and city/county government to engage in specific, tangible actions that build and sustain a culture of life and create a groundswell for state-level political change. The emphasis of this step is education, community-building, and preparing local authorities for the boldness to come.
Once Wilkes County has matured in its embrace of a culture of life and is prepared for challenges, it will be ready for step three. In this final step, the community passes local ordinances and statutes that prevent abortions from being performed or funded within their jurisdiction. This step requires a strong, educated community that is able to defend its position politically, legally, and morally so it can peacefully defy judicial tyranny and the unjust ruling of Roe v. Wade.