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While pro-life advocates across the nation are celebrating the June 24 U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade and return the abortion question back to individual states, they have their work cut out.

The ACLU has vowed to fight “for as long as it takes” to ensure that Alaska and other states continue to allow the killing of the unborn.

Once considered a fearless institution that would doggedly defend some of the most controversial civil and religious liberty cases in the nation – both on the left and the right, the ACLU has become radically aligned with the aims of the hard left, especially when it comes to abortion.

On Friday, the ACLU of Alaska issued a lengthy statement claiming the Supreme Court decision was a “a misogynistic, regressive ruling” that will open the door for politicians to ban abortion in states across the nation.

The ACLU, like the Alaska Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood, adamantly opposes a statewide constitutional convention. This November Alaskans will vote on whether to call a convention to address issues such as abortion, the PFD, gun rights, judge selection and more.

“In Alaska, access to abortion will remain protected because of state constitutional privacy protections that have been reinforced by rulings from the Alaska Supreme Court,” the ACLU statement noted. “However, these protections are in jeopardy if voters choose to hold a Constitutional Convention – which is on the ballot in the November election.”

ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Mara Kimmel called the Supreme Court ruling an “ominous statement.” The Alaska chapter has vowed to join the national organization in an all-out effort to maintain the abortion status quo in states like Alaska that still permit the practice. The group is already working to implement strategies to “protect and expand access to abortion” in Alaska despite the Supreme Court decision.

The national director of ACLU’s so-called “Freedom Project,” Jennifer Dalven, issued a June 24 statement detailing exactly how the ACLU will fight pro-life efforts across the United States. Dalven said the ACLU will use the organization’s “full force” to implement the following strategies.

— Proactively expanding abortion access wherever possible – while fighting against new bans nationwide. This includes supporting pro-abortion and working to defeat or water down pro-life legislation.

— Helping abortionists implement strategies to enable abortions while minimizing legal risks.

— Collaborating closely with Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists to deploy “rapid response litigation teams across the country in an attempt to preserve as much abortion access as possible – for as long as possible.”

— Mobilizing millions of activists to hold politicians to account through petitions, taking to the streets “and more.”

— Putting abortion measures on state ballots and “deploying our vast resources to ensure abortion is at the center of the public debate for all elected officials this November.”

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ACLU details ‘full force’ fight to preserve abortion in Alaska & elsewhere

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Diana H. Graf says:

    I am glad that there is resistance on the part of pro-lifers. I pray that they remain
    non-violent in the spirit of pro-life. Let the men and women who embrace angry
    blood lust (which may not stop with the unborn or the just born) be held accountable for their
    words and actions and be convicted….one way or another.

  • James says:

    > The ACLU, like the Alaska Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood, adamantly opposes a statewide constitutional convention

    That alone should be enough motivation to vote for a convention.

  • Therese J. Syren says:

    The ACLU’s pro-active stance is another reason we need a special session this summer! Governor Dunleavy, are you listening? Your campaign claims you to be Always fighting for Alaskans – that rings really hollow without a call for a special session immediately to simply outlaw all abortion, conception through birth, by whatever means have been or will be developed, permanently in Alaska. No baby left behind.
    President Lincoln relieved Gen. McClellan of his Civil War command for the very same kind of deadly inaction as Gov. Dunleavy proposes: Wait until we miss the high tide of Roe's overturn – next session; business as usual – and then give our opponents the greatest possible chance to defeat us even at low tide: Dunleavy's resolution as he describes it would merely urge Alaskans to vote for a constitutional convention. The immediate challenge by the ACLU to whatever pro-life legislation is passed at a special session would do immeasurably more to show Alaskans the need for a Constitutional Convention than a 'Resolution' so enfeebled by tardiness that it is unworthy of that title. Pro-life is as pro-life does; McClellan made a good start too but ended in complete disgrace:
    "McClellan ably built the army in the early stages of the war but was a sluggish and paranoid field commander who seemed unable to muster the courage to aggressively engage Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia …. On September 17, 1862, McClellan and Lee battled to a standstill along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Lee retreated back to Virginia and McClellan ignored Lincoln’s urging to pursue him. For six weeks, Lincoln and McClellan exchanged angry messages, but McClellan stubbornly refused to march after Lee. In late October, McClellan finally began moving across the Potomac in feeble pursuit of Lee, but he took nine days to complete the crossing. Lincoln had seen enough. Convinced that McClellan could never defeat Lee, Lincoln notified the general on November 5 of his removal. A few days later, Lincoln named General Ambrose Burnside to be the commander of the Army of the Potomac." ( THIS DAY IN HISTORY NOVEMBER 05) I believe that by the end of the summer, Alaskans will have seen enough, one way or the other.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Get a life people, wait your mother gave birth to you. Now you want to kill life in the womb. How wrong and stupid is that.
    I’m still dumbfounded by Alaska laws on abortion. We’re a red state I through, wait Anchorage is blue.
    Is are governor standing tall on abortion or just words/fluff.
    Yes we Alaskan need to fight ACLU and get these laws changed. Now that the supreme court has ruled for the people. Again thank you Mr Trump for putting God fearing judges on the courts.