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Seven senators in the Alaska Legislature are now co-sponsors of a resolution stating that Alaska’s Constitution cannot be construed as establishing a right to abortion.

On Feb. 14, Republicans Senators David Wilson of Wasilla, Mia Costello of Anchorage and Mike Shower of Wasilla joined Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin as co-sponsors of Sen. Shelley Hughes’ Senate Joint Resolution 13, which states that nothing in the State Constitution may be “construed to secure or protect a right to abortion.”

Earlier in the week, Sen. Peter Micciche of Soldotna and Sen. John Coghill of North Pole co-sponsored the measure.

The resolution is in the Senate Health & Social Services Committee which is chaired by Sen. Wilson who supports the measure. Co-sponsor Sen. Shower also sits on the committee. It has yet, however, to receive a hearing where it can be debated and discussed.

If passed by two-thirds vote of the House and the Senate, it would be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. A simple majority of Alaskans would need to vote in favor of the amendment for it to become law.

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Four more senators co-sponsor bill clarifying there’s no right to abortion in Alaska

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.