Riverton City Council Resolution Wildly Inappropriate
Calling all Ambassadors in Riverton! You may have read about Councilwoman McCay’s idea in the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday. In a surprise move, Riverton City Council will consider an anti-women’s health resolution at their meeting tonight. The resolution calls on Riverton City to affirm that they believe that “life begins at the moment of conception” and that they oppose any attempt to lessen existing restrictions on abortion.
Lauren Simpson from the Alliance for a Better Utah said it best when she named it wildly inappropriate. It sounds like the Councilwoman got a little help from the sponsor of the 18-week abortion ban, Representative Acton, (aka Pro-Life Utah) and hopes to inspire other cities to follow suit.
If you live in Riverton, please take five minutes today to call or write to your City Council representative and let them know what you think of the idea of Riverton City spending their time passing message resolutions intended to shame women and couples who chose safe and legal abortion. Better yet, head to the meeting at 7:00 pm in Riverton City Hall at 12830 State Street and express your concern during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
Ask your councilperson to spend their time working on issues that make life in Riverton City better. Passing divisive and politically charged resolutions does nothing to improve the quality of life for residents. Passing resolutions that impose their view on when life begins to score political points is pretty wild. (Perhaps she would like to join her husband at the state legislature and is trying to score points with the Utah Eagle Forum?) She believes that the resolution is what residents want… let her know what you really want.
Please remember to be polite and brief in your comments. It can be as simple as letting them know that as a resident of Riverton you would like them to oppose the resolution and move on to other pressing matters of the city. For those of you who don’t live in Riverton—you can submit a letter to the editor in response to the piece in the Salt Lake Tribune.