Legislators reintroduce bill aimed at banning abortions in Alaska


    Alaska Representatives Christopher Kurka and David Eastman, both from Wasilla, have reintroduced a Life at Conception Act with the goal of directly challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade which declared a right to abortion.

    Rep. Christopher Kurka, R-Wasilla

    Closely mirroring legislation Eastman introduced two years ago, House Bill 206 would establish that all persons from the moment of conception have a natural right to life, and are entitled to equal protection under the law. The legislation would outlaw abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, but does not criminalize situations where efforts to save a mother’s life result in the unintended death of a baby.

    “The Declaration of Independence plainly declares: ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,’” Kurka said in a May 10 statement upon introducing the bill. “The Constitution of the State of Alaska is even more explicit: ‘all persons have a natural right to life,’ and “no person shall be deprived of life … without due process of law,’” he observed.

    Essentially, Kurka’s argument is that the case for the legalized killing of the unborn has collapsed.

    Kurka noted that the U.S. Supreme Court indicated in Roe v. Wade that if a fetus’ personhood is established, the whole case for abortion would collapse, for the unborn child’s right to life would then be protected by the 14th Amendment.

    “With the quantum leap in technology and scientific understanding since 1973, it is impossible to defend the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade,” Kurka’s stated. “It’s time to stop being science deniers, to move out of the dark ages and update our laws to reflect current scientific knowledge.”

    He added that those who persist in claiming that an unborn child is not a human person are akin to “modern day flat-earthers” who have no respect for reason or science.

    Kurka observed that with 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds, combined with scientific advancement in understanding of DNA and child development, “we are in a much more advantageous position to identify the child in the womb than the Supreme Court was in 1973.”

    Essentially, Kurka’s argument is that the case for the legalized killing of the unborn has collapsed.

    “The only question left is whether we’re going to be honest with ourselves as a society, and summon the will and moral courage to do what we know is right,” he said.

    Critics of outright abortion bans include some among the pro-life movement who believe demanding too much too soon would create a backlash. There is also fear that the U.S. Supreme Court might strike down abortion bans and deliver a setback to the pro-life movement. Many in this camp hold that an incremental strategy is more effective with the ultimate goal of eventually ending abortion.

    While no state has successfully enacted and applied an abortion ban from the moment of conception, supporters of this approach believe that laws directly challenging Roe v. Wade are needed, even if their passage is a long shot. Taking this approach generates a public conversation wherein Christians can clearly articulate and defend the right to life from the moment of conception.


    • House Bill 206 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Click here to contact committee members about scheduling it for a public hearing.

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    Joel Davidson
    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.

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    1. It’s time we stop MURDERING children and saying it’s OK. You complain constantly about shootings but not one word ever about parents MURDERING children. It’s time to make murdering children illegal. I think it’s the number one on the death list. I vote to support this bill!

    2. …Maybe the american and european liberators of Nazi concentration camps should had taken a step down approach before completely ending concentration camps gradually reducing the deaths before complete closure. Same thing has been occurring including the church’s silence. Nothing has changed. Governments are still silently killing lives for science, medicine, and oppression.

    3. I can’t believe we need a law to state the truth, life begins at conception and all life has a right to be protected. Thank you to these legislatures. I am in support of these bill.

    4. Stop the KILLINGS
      If you don’t want to take care of your mistakes or the inconvenience.
      There are so many people out there that will raise the child as there own.

    5. My opinion on this subject may no be popular on this page: however I feel I must say it anyways. I am not a fan of abortions however I have seen an 11 year old child who was molested by a family member almost die giving birth. I am not saying that abortions should be birth control but I do believe there are situations in which a victim of rape should have a choice early on in pregnancy such as the abortion pill. I do think there should be a cut off date no matter the situation that caused the pregnancy which should be fetal viability meaning when the baby can live independently of their mother which from my understanding is around 21 weeks. I also believe that life at conception is pushing it a little far and may take away the option of the morning after pill for young people who made a mistake and are not prepared to be a parent. I also disagree with tbe concept that in order to be a conservative I must buy into the extremes of the right…we have roe vs wade which is a good compromise and we should just leave this alone. We have bigger fish to fry and will lose our younger conservatives if we get stuck on this one issue that was resolved by the Supreme Court many years ago. What we need to focus on is our 1st and 2nd amendment rights which are truly in jeopardy not focus on bills that will never have enough support to pass…such a waste of time and resources when we are facing losing everything to communism…please focus on election integrity, our 1st and 2nd amendment rights before arguing the same old arguments that will just wast valuable time that we do not have.

    6. Preborn Child Equality Act of 2021

      Proverbs 24:11-12 (KJV) If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
      If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

    7. SOLUTION: In the interest of reducing unwanted pregnancy AND curbing violence, I propose all men and boys who are involved in any violent situation should be immediately surrendered for medical sterilization. Let’s get some laws on the books that govern what men and boys can and can’t do with their bodies. Lower unwanted pregnancy rates and lower instances of violence. WIN-WIN!!

    8. And ectopic pregnancies? What do you propose for the woman? The fetus will not survive and the woman has a good chance of dying when she bleeds out.

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