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The Alaska State House Labor & Commerce Committee was scheduled to consider House Bill 58 on March 2, but the meeting was cancelled and is expected to be rescheduled soon.

The bill would take one of the most controversial and litigated components of the federal Obamacare law – the contraceptive mandate – and graft it into Alaska state law.

This legislation would impose a mandate on nearly every health insurance plan in the state, including both the employer and individual market, to cover various contraceptive drugs or devices, as well as sterilization procedures.
So, what’s the matter with this proposal?

HB 58 includes abortion

HB 58 is described by supporters as a bill to expand access to “contraceptives.” However, the bill includes coverage for drugs and devices that induce early abortions. Specifically, HB 58 would require coverage for drugs such as Ella (ulipristal acetate), Plan B (levonorgestrel), and the Copper IUD, which act to destroy the life of a developing, genetically unique, human embryo.

HB 58 takes away our choices

HB 58 would impose a sweeping, “one-size-fits-all” mandate to cover elective drugs and procedures—regardless of whether the covered services are relevant to or desired by the person covered by the plan. Because the government knows best, right? For example, a Christian family shopping for health insurance in the individual market couldn’t choose a health plan that did not include coverage for contraceptives and sterilizations – even though they might have religious beliefs that would make such coverage irrelevant or even offensive to them. Proponents of HB 58 argue the measure is about expanding “choice.” But many Alaskans, if they had a choice, would choose not to subsidize the voluntary lifestyle choices of others.

HB 58 violates religious freedom

HB 58 includes a “fig leaf” religious exemption that is totally inadequate. It allows churches to claim an exemption but offers no protection at all for the myriad of non-profit and for-profit ministries and organizations that serve a religious purpose, but which do not meet the technical Internal Revenue Service definition of a “church.” As for individuals, HB 58 offers no protection for Christians who object to the mandate on religious grounds. Alaska Family Action takes no position on contraception per se, but we support the right of religious individuals and organizations to act according to the principles of their faith.


Please contact the House Labor & Commerce Committee, and the individual members, and urge them to oppose HB 58 (scroll down for contact information):

Talking points

  • Our family opposes HB 58 because it includes drugs and devices that cause early abortions. We object to subsidizing such practices through our health premium dollars.
  • HB 58 imposes a “one-size-fits-all” policy that takes away our ability to choose health plans that meet our needs, and forces us to subsidize elective services which we may not want or need.
  • HB 58 violates the religious freedom of individuals and many faith-based organizations and businesses who object to providing or receiving the services which HB 58 makes compulsory.


— Email all House Labor & Commerce Committee members: Phone: 907-465-2647 :Phone: 907-465-4940 Phone: 907-465-4931 Phone: 907-465-3438 Phone: 907-465-4998 Phone: 907-465-4949 Phone: 907-465-3783

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Alaskans must oppose bill mandating coverage of abortion pill

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


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    The sad part of this all is we the people can call, write, rest or whatever and the one’s voting already know how they’re going to vote. It’s all way to late now. This should of been up to us long ago. Nobody changes their mind at the last minute. Just my two cents!

  • JC says:

    But contact them anyway. How else will they know the voice of “we the people” otherwise?
    At least you will have said your piece and taken a stand for your conviction.

  • Terry Tiree says:

    Good doublespeak to frame this as taking away freedoms. It’s obviously exactly the opposite. Why Christians expect special treatment is beyond me. If you don’t support abortion, don’t have one but leave the rest of us the freedom to pursue our lives as we see fit.

    • Vonda L Sanders says:

      I am a Christian and very proud of it. It’s not freedom to murder a child l, if it has a heartbeat and you abort it. Its plain and simple its murder.

    • AKElsa says:

      The problem with abortion is that it deprives children the “freedom to pursue [their] lives”… and as Christians we will not be complicit with subsidizing that intolerable act.

  • Therese Syren says:

    Christians are obviously Not asking for special treatment, only that Everyone is allowed to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; without being murdered in the womb, or pressured to pay for murder in the womb by their insurance premiums.

  • Missi says:

    I dont want to be mandated to buy insurance that covers abortions, abortion pills or anything related to abortions. I want the FREEDOM TO CHOOSE which insurance I want to pay out my money to

  • Glenda says:

    You do you and everyone else should do the same. A classmate of mine killed herself before we were even out of high school. Her boyfriend who loved her so much disappeared when she became pregnant and her family threw her out. I only wish she had had the choice for the morning after pill.