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Surry County NC Passes a Personhood Resolution

Contact: Les Riley – president, Personhood Alliance,, or Gualberto Garcia Jones – Executive Director

Surry county became the 6th county in NC to pass a Personhood Resolution making it a sanctuary for unborn children.

Chairman Eddie Harris read the Resolution for Life to a packed courtroom on Monday night but had to stop twice as he got choked up being overwhelmed with emotion. Before reading the resolution Chairman Harris stated:

I am delighted that we have decided to honor the sanctity of life, and that all human beings from the preborn until death are important. I think there has been too much cheapening of human life in our country. I think it is a shame and I think it is a disgrace on our nation.

Surry County Commissioners Chairman Eddie Harris

He finally called for a vote and the measure passed unanimously just as it has in every county that has voted on it.

During the open forum comments, pastors and community leaders lined up to weigh in on the topic.

Every last person spoke in favor of the resolution to respect human life and eliminate the practice of abortion in their county and when the vote was completed the room burst into a raucous celebration of cheers, high fives, and clapping.

Personhood NC and several community and pro-life leaders in Surry approached the board of commissioners with the resolution in November. And it took until mid January to get the issue added to the agenda. One of the commissioners mentioned the influence that came from his own pastor who had preached on the Sanctity of life.

Chairman Eddie Harris spoke during the meeting about his hope that the vote would place pressure on the legislature in Raleigh to alter NC state law.

North Carolina has seen the largest year over year percentage increase of abortions of any state in the Union. Abortion tourism is alive and well in NC. But local pro-life activists hope that the passing of local sanctuary resolutions will help to mitigate the rampant increase by focusing local governments on offering alternatives to abortion and making it more and more difficult for child killing to take place within their jurisdiction.

You can read the full resolution on page 5 of the February 6th meeting minutes:,%202023.pdf


  1. What you can’t hear in this video is the crowd in the room going absolutely wild with cheers and applause when this was passed. Praise God, it was a wonderful night!

    1. Amen! Thank you for being there and giving the commissioners your support to do the right thing!

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