On Tuesday, September 6 at 10:30am the Moore County Board of Commissioners held at meeting that without public notice included the adoption of a Pro-Life Sanctuary Resolution submitted by Nick Picerno, County Commissioner. A link to the LIVE STREAM of this meeting is below the resolution.
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE INALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE AND THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS INCLUDING THE PREBORN FROM
CONCEPTION TO BIRTH
WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence affirms that all men are created equal and have been endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights—chief among them the right to life—and that the protection of these rights is an affirmative duty of federal, state, and local governments;
WHEREAS, the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution provide for the protection of human life and liberty;
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States in
Poelker v. Doe (432 US 519, 1977) concluded that “the Constitution does not forbid a State or city, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for “normal childbirth” instead of abortion;
WHEREAS, state police power derives from the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives states the powers “not delegated to the United States”;
WHEREAS, the power to establish and enforce laws protecting the welfare, safety, and health of the public is a core function of the state’s Tenth Amendment police power;
WHEREAS, Section I of the Constitution of North Carolina states that “all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness”;
WHEREAS, the recent landmark US Supreme Court decision held, “[T]he Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.” Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392, 597 U.S. ____ (2022). Dobbs further held that abortion was not a protected right under the constitution, overturning
Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeaster Pennsylvania v. Casey, and returned the decision regarding abortion regulations back to the states;
WHEREAS, the Moore County Board of Commissioners desires to express its
support for Dobbs v. Jacks on Women’s Health Organization; and
WHEREAS, the Moore County Board of Commissioners expresses its deep concern for all human beings at every stage of development, including before birth, and believes unborn babies should be afforded protection from act
s of cruelty and be treated humanely and with dignity.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
The Moore County Board of Commissioners recognizes and supports the inalienable right to life and the inherent dignity of all human beings including the preborn from conception to birth.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners supports the recent landmark US
Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19
-1392, 597 U.S. ____ 1 (2022).
The Moore County Board of Commissioners requests the NC General Assembly
to pass new legislation concerning abortions in this State consistent with Section 1 of this Resolution.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners supports public input from citizens, churches, and other social organizations that may help determine possible measures that religious organizations and non-profits can adopt to
provide spiritual, emotional, educational, and financial support for mothers and fathers of preborn children and to become a county that truly
welcomes and protects the gift of life from conception or fertilization through all stages of development.