Shelby Township Board of Trustees Votes Pro-Life With Adoption of Resolution
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees have made a controversial move with the adoption of a resolution that states the township is in favor of fewer elective abortions.
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees adpoted a resolution Tuesday night in support of commemerating October as Respect Life Month in Macomb County.
Respect Life Month is a national Catholic initiative that targets abortion.
The unanamious Shelby Township vote was made after the Macomb County Board of Commissioners adopted the same proclamation in August. Much of Shelby's resolution was taken directly from the county's proclamation.
"It's a function of government to seek a reduction in the number of elective abortions that occur within the county of Macomb," states Shelby's resolution.
Shelby Township resident John Holeton told the Board before it voted that he was against having the local government take a stance on abortion.
"We have to protect everyone’s rights of the constitution and separation of church and state is one of them," he said.
The resolution does not carry legal weight, but it does reflect the official position of the township.
"Christians can honor God and change laws, we can support mothers and save the lives of babies, and we can do that by supporting pro-life," said Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis.
Other residents came to the podium and applauded Shelby Township's efforts to promote anti-abortion.
A copy of the resolution is available for viewing at the Shelby Township Clerk's Office.