It is impossible to overestimate the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision for life and for the Constitution. On June 24th, 2022, the Court righted a horrible wrong by soundly overturning Roe v Wade, a stain on American jurisprudence with more than 63 million unborn lives taken in its wake.
There is so much to celebrate.

Abortion clinics across the country are literally being shut down as I write this. Unborn lives are being saved, women are facing the humanity of their pregnancies and God is being honored as his image bearers are being rescued.

Read with joy and thankfulness these words from the ruling written by Justice Samuel Alito that are now legal precedent in the United States of America:

We hold that Roe and Casey must be overturned. The constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely – the due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment…Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” 

It doesn’t get any more accurate and impressive than that.

In Alaska, a mother can still obtain an abortion even if her baby can survive outside the womb?


At the same time we celebrate God’s goodness for giving us this historic victory, Alaskans need to think long and think hard about what this ruling means for the Great Land.
How does this change the abortion landscape in our state? The answer unfortunately… NOT ONE BIT!

Because of an out-of-control Alaska Supreme Court that has thwarted every attempt by Alaskans to put up even the most modest guardrails to protect unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion, today, unfortunately, abortion remains legal through all 9 months of the pregnancy, for any reason.

The Alaska Supreme Court has manufactured a right to abortion out of thin air, just as the Roe ruling did, and they are as extreme as any court in the country. The only way to reign them in is through amending our State Constitution with language Senator Shelley Hughes introduced in the Alaska Legislature that says the following:

“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.”

And because that amendment requires a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate, something we do not have now or in the near future as far as I can see, our best option is a Constitutional Convention. That question comes up every 10 years in Alaska and fortuitously, I would say providentially following today’s ruling, we will be asked, on the general election ballot this November, whether we want to hold a convention.

To reiterate how out of touch the Alaska Supreme Court is and how important it is to rein them in … are you aware that in Alaska, a mother can obtain an abortion even if her baby can survive outside the womb?

Strangely, the state requires that aborting a viable child be done at a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). (12 AAC 40.120.) Perhaps this requirement exists as an opportunity to save the life of the baby who survives the abortion, but there is no law specifically requiring health care providers to do so.

In Alaska, a 13-year-old girl has to obtain parental consent before she receives an aspirin from a school nurse, but she can go into surgery for an abortion without her parents ever knowing.

If you want to fight for unborn lives in Alaska, CLICK HERE to see a video we produced describing the path that has to be taken AFTER ROE.

We celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe as one of profound importance, and we recommit to bring our Great Land to a place where every child has the opportunity to take their first breath.

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