Live Stream Pro-Life Sanctuary Resolution

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.

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.

Section 1.

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.

Section 2.
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).
Section 3.
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.
Section 4.
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.

Moore County Delays Taking Position on Abortion Resolution

Moore County Commissioners
Moore County commissioners debating during a recent meeting.Evey Weisblat/The Pilot

In a break from its scheduled agenda, the Moore County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday not to take up a “pro-life resolution” that Commissioner Nick Picerno had requested be drafted.

Commissioner Catherine Graham proposed setting aside the resolution at the start of the meeting, arguing that it wasn’t fair to saddle a future board with an official opinion on the matter when it is expected to be taken up by the state legislature next year. At least three of the five board members will switch out, including Graham, after November’s election.

“I think this board needs to remember that this resolution depends on at least three commissioners sitting on a board who will not be here when this measure is taken up in Raleigh next year,” Graham said in the lead up to her motion. She also emphasized that the county’s state representatives will be different in January, and the county’s stance — as represented by the draft resolution — only reflects the “personal opinions” of the current commissioners. It would have no force of law.

“Given all that and the controversial nature of this issue, I believe any issue regarding this matter should come from a current sitting board with their personal opinions, and they should not be required to work with legislation in Raleigh on (this board’s) personal opinions,” Graham said.

In comments at the end of the meeting, Picerno, who sponsored the resolution and was the sole vote to keep the item on the agenda, said he had presented it at the encouragement of Moore County citizens and did not mean for it to be used as “name recognition” in Raleigh.

“This was not an issue that we just wanted to bring up to get attention,” Picerno said.

The text of the proposed resolution would have put the Board of Commissioners on record supporting the belief that the protection of human life begins at conception. It called out “the inherent dignity of all human beings including the preborn from conception to birth.”

Abortion generally remains legal in North Carolina up to 20 weeks. Legislative leaders have said that bills restricting access would likely be expected in the new year, though they have not indicated what proposals would be considered.

Moore County’s resolution Tuesday would have put the board on record as supporting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“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 resolution stated.

It went on to read, “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 nonprofits 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.”

At least 50 people turned out for the meeting, with the room split between abortion-rights supporters and anti-abortion supporters. As demonstrated by the public comment period after the vote, public opinion on the board’s decision was mixed.

Those in the audience who had favored the resolution expressed disappointment. Among them were two staff members of the Calvary Christian School, who had also brought their morning classes to the meeting.

“By removing this resolution, you have taken the path of politicians instead of statesmen and stateswomen that is so desperately needed in this time,” said Charles Garrison, pastor of the school’s Calvary Memorial Church. “You violated your oath to the Constitution of the United States.”

Those who had opposed the resolution continued to voice their opposition to it during the public comment period, arguing that it had distracted from “more important” issues at hand and allocated taxpayer dollars in a way that did not align with the interests of all Moore County citizens.

Many had advocated prior to the meeting that a public hearing should be held if such a resolution was to be considered in earnest.

Some celebrated the board’s decision to remove the resolution.

“The world may be going to hell in a handbasket, but not in my backyard,” said Ginger Derrick Macdonald. “My community is beautiful. It is full of kind people … if we create a little civil war inbetween neighbors, that’s stupid — that is not going to cause our family to grow. We need to grow smart.”

Graham clarified that her “personal opinion” on the resolution had not changed because of its removal from the agenda and she still opposed abortion. She said the board overall took an anti-abortion stance.

Former Hoke County Sheriff Criticizes Budd’s Votes Against Police Funding

Former Hoke County Sheriff Jim Davis is making it clear in a new op-ed that Ted Budd can’t be trusted by law enforcement to do what’s right in the U.S. Senate. Sheriff Davis highlights a pattern of Budd voting against millions of dollars in police funding, including in his own district and to combat the opioid crisis.

Fayetteville Observer: Former Hoke sheriff: Budd has not stood with law enforcement; Beasley will

  • As the former sheriff of Hoke County, there is nothing more important to me than keeping our communities safe. That’s why this week I couldn’t have been more proud to endorse Cheri Beasley’s campaign for U.S. Senate alongside a group of active and retired law enforcement.
  • It’s simple — North Carolinians should feel safe where they live, work, learn and worship. That’s why I served as sheriff and spent my career in law enforcement.
  • And it’s time we elect a U.S. senator who will stand with law enforcement and fight for what we need to do our jobs.
  • That’s not Ted Budd. On the campaign trail, I’ve watched him try to tout his support for law enforcement, but voters should know that his voting record tells a different story. During his time in Congress, Budd voted against billions of dollars in funding for law enforcement.
  • Every single year since he’s taken office, he’s opposed police funding. In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Ted Budd voted against legislation that provided billions of dollars in funding for police, including millions for North Carolina law enforcement, even when North Carolina’s own Republican Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr voted for these investments.
  • With his votes against this legislation, Congressman Budd tried to stand in the way of over $32 million total allocated to law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, $750,000 in funding to hire and retain police for Graham, North Carolina — a city in Budd’s own district, and $7 million to support efforts across the state to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Politicians like Ted Budd like to talk a big talk about backing the blue, then turn away from what we need if it doesn’t fit their own political motives. We need a leader in the U.S. Senate who will be an advocate for us, someone who we can count on to get it right and listen to what we need — even if it means going against their own party. Ted Budd has proven that we can’t trust him to deliver for us. His campaign for U.S. Senate has been a bad attempt to airbrush over his failed record of voting against the best interests of his constituents time and time again.
  • But I know firsthand that Cheri Beasley will.
  • For more than 20 years, Cheri worked with law enforcement to keep communities safe and follow the rule of law. She worked with us to hold dangerous criminals accountable and deliver justice. I am so grateful for her decades of support for law enforcement and know she is exactly who law enforcement needs in the U.S. Senate.
  • For over two decades, Cheri has stood with law enforcement. And I know that she’ll stand with us in the Senate, too. I have seen how she leads her life with the integrity and honesty that can be a rare commodity in a place like Washington, DC.
  • In just a few months, our state will have a decision to make at the polls. North Carolina — Ted Budd does not deserve your vote this November.

Richard Hudson’s Turn to Explain

When the FBI executed a lawful search warrant at Mar-A-Lago, Rich Hudson and the Republicans rushed to the media to rile up the MAGA base and get them angry enough to commit violence.

At least one of them heard Hudson’s and other Republican’s words clearly. An armed man tried to breach the FBI field office in Cincinnati; hours later he was dead – a victim of Hudson’s and other Republican’s rush to judgment that put the FBI, Secret Service and other law enforcement at greater risk.

At the time, in an already charged environment, Hudson raged, “The Attorney General has some explaining to do. This is unbelievable.”

Yesterday, the DOJ – led by the Attorney General – obliged Hudson and “explained” the reason for the extraordinary steps. Donald Trump had more than 100 clearly marked classified documents – containing our nation’s highest secrets – in several places throughout Mar-A-Lago. They were by no means secure.

The documents were mixed in with his personal effects as though they belong to him, rather than the American people.

Officials had been trying discreetly to recover the materials for months.
Trump and his team lied about being in possession of secrets so sensitive they should only be viewed in a SCIF. 
Photo: AP

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Now, it’s Hudson’s turn to explain
Why did he rush to judgment against our law enforcement community and put their lives at greater risk?
Why hasn’t he called for calm and asked his base to respect our law enforcement community?
Why hasn’t he condemned the mishandling of top-secret materials?
After Hillary Clinton was accused of mishandling classified materials, Hudson said she, “cannot be president.” Will he now say that Trump is also disqualified from running again?
Hudson demanded that Merrick Garland explain himself and he’s done so. Now it’s Hudson’s turn. 

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