The justices of the peace voted, 10-4, to make Washington County the first pro-life county in the state, reported 40/29 News.
Justice of the Peace Patrick Deakins introduced the resolution before the packed courtroom, complete with abortion rights activists dressed as Handmaid’s Tale characters, who opposed the declaration.
“Somewhere out there tonight, there’s a woman in conflict and facing an uncertain future,” Deakins said during the meeting. “May she know, through the voice of this resolution and our county as a whole, she and her child are loved and that help is out there. Choose life.”
While the resolution does not ban abortions in the county, it makes the statement that Washington County promotes itself as “pro-life” and publicly supports pro-life initiatives.
The resolution is passed as