Bill ending abortion in Alaska introduced in state legislature

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 4:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A bill banning abortion in the state of Alaska has been introduced in the Alaska House of Representatives.

Sponsored by District 7 Representative Christopher Kurka, the bill would define any life between conception and 18 years of age as a child.

According to the bill, that definition guarantees to the unborn the right of life, per Amendments 5 and 14 in the U.S. Constitution.

Kurka became passionate about the issue of abortion when he was a teenager. “When you look at images of first trimester abortions, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, the humanity of the child screams at us, and it is, I think, the greatest holocaust, the greatest genocide in human history.”

Kurka says the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S., falls apart when personhood is established for the unborn.

Their decision in Roe v. Wade rested on individuals’ right to privacy.

“That’s one of the things we do in this bill is we do a narrow implementation of the privacy clause, to not include a right to abortion, because that’s just absurd. The idea that within the privacy of one’s own home or medical clinic that they have the right to kill another human being is patently absurd,” Kurka said, adding, “Overall, this question of personhood has not been tested at the federal level yet. It’s kind of new, uncharted territory.”

The legislation was introduced On May 10th.

Kurka expects that it will be heard in the next legislative session in 2022.

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