In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, numerous conservative states jumped into action. The decision to knock down the 1973 ruling means states have the power to decide whether or not abortion is legal. Some states already have “trigger” laws that will go into effect, banning abortion now that Roe is dead.
Other states have pro-life laws prior to 1973 that were never abolished. And some states will quickly pass new laws to ban the practice outright. But not Alaska. Apparently, the quasi-conservative state solidified abortion “rights” via their state constitution.
Now, their pro-life governor is pushing for a change.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy [is] planning to ask the state legislature to consider a constitutional amendment on abortion.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday by a vote of 6-3. Alaska does not have a trigger law that makes abortion illegal.
“I like many Alaskans, am pro life,” Dunleavy said in a news release. “I also recognize that many Alaskans are pro choice. I will therefore be introducing a resolution for a proposed constitutional amendment to the Legislature in the next session to answer the question whether abortion shall, or not be a constitutionally protected right.”
Alaska voters will decide in November if they want to approve a constitutional convention. Alaska Democrats said in light of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, the measure must be defeated. [Source: Just the News]
Unlike other states with “trigger” laws that will ban abortion, now that Roe is gone, Alaska has “constitutional privacy” guidelines, upheld by previous state court rulings, that protect abortion. The state government can’t simply pass a law to outlaw abortion. Instead, it will require an amendment to the state’s constitution to ban the barbaric and outdated practice.
This will require residents to vote on a convention to decide an amendment. A convention would be convened to decide what, if any, amendments should be made.
While that appears like a much longer and more complicated process to outlaw abortion, if successful, it will be a much stronger safeguard than other states.
Don’t be surprised to learn that Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocate are suing states like Texas over their trigger laws. The battle to end abortion is far from over, the left will see to that.
But a constitutional amendment is much harder to overturn. And this process gives the power back to the people—instead of a small group of judges.
If Alaska is to join pro-life states, it will fall to the people. Expect a strong campaign by abortion-lovers to discourage a vote. But, if Alaska is as conservative as it claims to be, this kind of amendment is a no-brainer.
Author: Jim Stone