Earlier this month, I was in Washington D.C. to pray for, rally and celebrate with thousands of other pro-lifers across America. We came because the U.S. Supreme Court took up a case from Mississippi (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health) challenging the very foundation of the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade case that has caused incalculable havoc and pain across our nation.

As I walked along the Potomac River, I pondered if this place was “hallowed ground” or “swamp land” and came to the realization that it was both.

It started out, geographically, as swamp land but became, ideologically and physically a place where the rights of humans, as endowed by their Creator, were lifted up in a way unknown until the likes of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and others fought to make the “Great American Experiment” a reality.

The places I meandered about were once occupied by people who died fighting for the reality that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” were non-negotiables.

But that changed in 1973 when seven black-robed attorneys on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that every law in every state protecting unborn Americans was “unconstitutional” because of legalese they made up – not because the Constitution called it out. It was pure fabrication.

In the current Dobbs case, we have a historic opportunity to return the critical matter to the states. While the right to life should be enumerated in the U.S. Constitution, and hopefully will be someday, we now have an opportunity for states to reassert once again their right to protect precious unborn human life.

Please pray that our Supreme Court justices will rule in favor of the most vulnerable, that the attorneys provide the most persuasive arguments, and that justice and mercy prevails.

The best we can expect is that the Supreme Court will return the issue back to the states when they issue their ruling this coming summer.

That would shine a bright spotlight on our Alaska Supreme Court, which has always sided with Planned Parenthood and abortionists when it comes to innocent pre-born Alaskans. The abuse of power by Alaska judges on this human rights issue must be addressed.

As we work with other groups to get a Constitutional Convention called, please pray that there would be synergy and discernment.

The only hope we have to stop the Alaska Supreme Court from manufacturing a “right to abortion” in our State Constitution is through an amendment that State Senator Shelly Hughes has introduced. It rightfully neuters the court on this issue. The proposed language is beautifully simple – “to protect human life, nothing in this constitution may be construed to secure or protect a right to an abortion or require the State to fund an abortion.”

If this amendment passes, the people will retain power. Unfortunately, we don’t have the two-thirds majority needed in the Alaska State Senate and House to amend our State Constitution with those words. We can’t even get a majority of Republicans to organize after they’ve repeatedly been elected by the people as such.

Fortunately, you might even say through God’s providence, we have an opportunity in November of 2022 to make it happen in the general election. Every 10 years, Alaskans are asked whether to call a Constitutional Convention. The answer this year should be a resounding “yes.”

Proverbs 24:11 implores us to “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh, hold them back.” It’s time to hold the Alaska Supreme Court back.

As we work with other groups to get a Constitutional Convention called, please pray that there would be synergy and discernment. It will be a monumental challenge, but with God all things are possible.

To see how other states are positioned to address the abortion question visit this new website launched by our allies at Family Policy Alliance. It’s called AfterRoe. There is much work to be done and much to be thankful for living in such a time as this.

We will overcome.

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If U.S. Supremes overturn Roe, prolife Alaskans still have a long way to go

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.