Why didn’t the Alaska representatives in the State House who killed Rep. David Eastman’s amendment to prohibit state funding of abortion introduce one of their own instead? Why didn’t a single GOP legislator other than him do so in the first place? Roe has fallen, and they sit on their hands.

Even more crucially, if the Democrats strike such an amendment down, why aren’t all GOP “pro-lifers” prepared to stand up together, and hold up the budget process as long as necessary to remove state funding of abortions? Protecting the life and liberty of our citizens is the ultimate goal of government; passing a budget should be the means to that end.

The state does not report the number of babies killed by abortion outside of Alaska – but they do collect that data, and Alaska Right to Life estimates that for every 10 babies aborted in the first trimester in Alaska, four more are carried to Washington and Oregon to be aborted in late-term abortions.

In 2019, for instance, the total number of Alaskan babies killed with taxpayer money was 758; which means we paid for roughly 216 late-term abortions that year. How many this year? Whether they live or die a brutal death depends partly on how many of our legislators are Pontius Pilate pro-lifers. They recognize the innocence of the unborn, and are willing to make limited calculated-risk efforts to protect them, but instead cave to Democrats and those who are more concerned about a full PFD than funding murder. We need to contact these legislators now, and track their failures during the next election cycle.

More importantly, we need to contact our pro-life GOP senators now to demand that they introduce, as a united body, a pro-life amendment when the budget reaches the Senate, enlisting the help of the Alaska Family Council etc. Otherwise, we all become complicit in an unsuccessful attempt to wash our hands of the blood of innocents, of whom Christ said, “What you do to the least of these little ones, you do to Me.”

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OPINION: Why do Alaska ‘pro-life’ lawmakers sit on their hands?

Therese Syren
Therese Syren is a long-time pro-life advocate in Alaska who helped found a local sidewalk counseling outreach outside an Anchorage abortion clinic. She holds a Master's Degree in Catholic Theology and a Pontifical Catechetical Diploma.