Alaska saw 1,246 unborn babies killed last year, up from 1,229 in 2021, and 1,195 in 2020, but 2022 was still one of the lowest numbers since the state began tracking the deaths 20 years ago.

Like last year, Alaska used its publicly funded Medicaid Program to pay for 44% of all abortions.

This data is based on legally mandated forms submitted by individual abortionists. According to Alaska statute, the state cannot reveal the locations or facilities where the abortions occurred, which means it is impossible to tell which areas of the state are most impacted. Planned Parenthood, however, operates abortion clinics in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau where the vast majority of procedures are likely to take place.

State records go back to 2003. Since then, an average of 1,552 babies have been aborted annually, for a total of 31,041 unborn lives lost over the past two decades. Over this same period, Alaska’s overall fertility rates (the number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44) have plummeted.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, making it possible for individual states to protect unborn life, Alaska continues to be one of the most abortion-friendly states in the union. Abortion has been legal in Alaska since 1970, three years before Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. Additionally, the Alaska Supreme Court claims there is a fundamental and constitutional right to abortion, even though the issue is never mentioned in the Alaska Constitution. The high court has also ordered Alaska’s executive branch to pay for abortions through state-funded Medicaid. No governor has dared resist the court order, nor has any Legislature attempted to impeach Supreme Court justices for inserting abortion into a state constitution that makes no mention of the practice.

Last year, Alaska saw the continued rise of chemical abortions, which made up 48% of all procedures. This method employs the use of mifepristone, a powerful chemical that is typically used to kill a baby up to 70 days gestation. Mifepristone causes the nourishing placenta to detach from the mother’s uterine wall, thereby starving the developing child. A second drug (misoprostol) is given two days later to force contractions and expel the dead body from the mother’s womb. This method, which requires at least three trips to the abortion facility, often results in women aborting their babies at home or in the workplace, and up to five days after ingesting the drugs. It also comes with serious and well-documented medical side effects, including prolonged, severe bleeding and life-threatening systemic infection. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments last week in a case that could bring an end to the sale of mifepristone.

Suction curettage abortions, which have long been the most frequently used method in Alaska, were the second most common procedure last year, comprising 41% of all abortions in Alaska. Used at up to 17 weeks gestation, this method employs a powerful vacuum to suck the small bodies out through the mother’s cervix.

Birth defects were only reported in three cases, which means most babies were likely healthy at the time they were killed.

Dilation and evacuation was the third most common abortion method in 2022. Used in 10% of cases – and mostly on babies older than 13 weeks gestation – this method may involve a combination of vacuums and surgical instruments to grasp and tear the limbs of the unborn child before they are removed.

Teens – ages 15 to 19 – accounted for 123 of all Alaska abortions last year. Five others were performed on minors younger than 15. Women between the ages of 20 and 29 comprised 57% of all Alaska abortions in 2022. Overall, 64% of abortions were done on unmarried women.

Roughly 53% of women said they had one previous live birth before getting their abortion. Another 130 said they had undergone two or more previous abortions.

Birth defects were only reported in three cases, which means most babies were likely healthy at the time they were killed.

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Alaska abortion report reveals method and age by which 1,246 unborn babies were killed in 2022

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.


  • DoneWithIt says:

    All cultures, throughout history, have justified the ritualistic murder of children and the unborn – based on “high minded” ideas that were not questioned or challenged by the “intelligentsia” of the time.
    Today’s justification – so women don’t have to sacrifice “Education, Career and Travel”.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Well, that’s a lot to pray for, both those killed and those wounded by that death. It helps to name the murdered, but that’s not strictly necessary, since God knows each one. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and perpetual light shine upon them. Give solace to the wounded, and lead them to pentitence and forgiveness. Amen.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    :’-( God bless the unborn children.

  • BackcountryBoy says:

    “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” From Revelation. I trust that part of the reason that the multitude is so great that no one could count is because all the unwanted children are in Heaven, with the One who always wanted them, their Creator.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Pray for these innocent babies and the mothers who allowed this to happen.

  • Hitlershouldhavebeenaborted says:

    There is no such thing as an ‘unborn Alaskan’. Children have to be BORN in Alaska in order to be Alaskan OR even an AMERICAN. Read the Constitution.

    Nobody wants abortions to be neccessary. But they simply are.

    Joel is lying again. He bears false witness by not pointing out how many of these mothers would have died from ectopic pregnancies, or cancer, diabetes, or congenital conditions that are common and deadly for pregnant women. He bears false witness by implying those drugs are not extremely safe. Those rare side effects occur in only small % of users and they are almost always temporary problems. By his logic, pregnancy itself is hundreds of times(maybe thousands) more deadly than getting un-pregnant.

    How many women want to have children is irrelevant to whether or not they have the right all men have of bodily autonomy. Why is the party of small government dead set on inserting the power of government into every vagina?

    Have some journalistic integrity. Stop lying!

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      What about the women having multiple abortions, your the one telling the Lies.
      What if your mother aborted you or your grandchildren. It’s So Wrong, there’s so many parents out there. That would care for these innocent children and Love them as there own.
      Stop the killings

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Please tell me why abortion is needed. Please show me how any person, no matter their circumstance, has to commit murder. I’ll wait.

      As the mom of an adopted child, I can tell you there are many thousands of prospective parents aching to adopt any baby they can to create a family. They will pay for all the medical care, the birth, the legal fees, everything. There is no excuse, not one, for murdering a baby.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      And when did you have your abortion, and have you sought counseling for healing?

    • StopTheMadnesz says:

      In fact, if I miscarry an unborn child in Alaska, he will be issued a certificate of death only if he has reached 6 months gestation. So, does a dead child, 6 or more months gestation, become an Alaskan upon exiting the womb? If not, why issue him a certificate of death from the state of Alaska?

      I once held my 14 weeks’ gestation deceased son in the palm of my hand. I never once wondered whether or not he was an Alaskan, but I could see clearly that he was a human person, as he had been from conception.

      • Hitlershouldhavebeenaborted says:

        So what you are saying is you killed your baby? Or did God kill your baby to punish you for being a bad person? The Bible says that God breathes mans soul into his body through the nostrils. Sadly, since a fetus has no nostrils(the holes aren’t formed yet) if you think your fetus was a human, then it died Un-Baptized without a soul to go to Heaven. I’m sorry you or God did that to your baby. If its any consolation, for thousands of years Catholics doctrine stated that unbaptized babies went to Limbo for eternity. A place of happiness, but without God.

        Tracking vital statistics is important. Registering and tracking fetal deaths is standard practice. Far as I can tell fetal death certificates in AK didn’t become a thing until 2019? But there is scientific evidence that shows giving the formerly pregnant woman a certificate can help some people with finding closure. Especially religious people who often believe scientifically false things(like that clumps of cells are a person). Some religious people do very strange things like freezing their dead fetuses in the fridge, or consuming them, or having funerals etc.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      The lefty attitude is just “Do as we say and not as we do and pay for what we do!” As for your name: are you admitting that maybe, just maybe, Hitler was also made out to be a bad guy in history when it may not have been him that was committing genocide? I have been hearing something along this line for about the past year. Knowing that our history has been rewritten and we have been taught lie after lie after lie, I would not be surprised. Be careful Lefty, you might be waking up the Conservatives and truth tellers with your name!

    • Abortion facts says:

      “ectopic pregnancies, or cancer, diabetes, or congenital conditions that are common and deadly for pregnant women.”

      This is all nonsense and lies. Ectopic pregnancies are not viable and cannot come to term and are also not common, it is not an abortion to remove them and no state restricts it. Every state with abortion restrictions has exceptions for the life of the mother even though according to former abortionists there is never a health reason for the mother to kill an unborn child. “According to Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood, who did more to promote and spread abortion on demand throughout the world than any other individual. In 1967 he commented, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal disease such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save the life.” That was in 1967 and medicine has greatly improved in the decades since. If the mother cannot survive the pregnancy then the baby can be removed and given care to try and save it, if it does not survive, an attempt was made to save the life of both child and mother, the mother does not magically get better with the act of taking the life of her child. There are an average of 32 couples per 1 baby born on the waiting list for adoption in the USA, there is no justification to murder children in the womb.

      • Tamra’sDaddy says:

        You haven’t been paying attention if you havent seen the horrible stories about women who were forced to carry deadly pregnancies because the new laws are there to intimidate doctors from giving them life-saving care, which includes abortion. Women developing sepsis because the hospitals cannot terminate their ectopic pregnancies until the mother is already almost dead. There are lawsuits in multiple states from women who became sterilized because they were forced to carry dangerous pregnancies which died anyways but the doctors were forced to deny care until the fetus died. That is pure evil. Satan has clouded your mind and convinced you that hate and torture are righteous.

    • Petra says:

      Just like you said, a small amount of women have side affects from those drugs. I believe a small amount of woman would died carrying their babies full term. Don’t deny abortion is being used as a form of birth control!!!!!

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        How about if women quit using abortion as birth control? Why is that too hard?

    • Marie says:

      Alaska could debate all day about side effects on either side, but the extreme emotional toll on the woman and many men is eventually gut wrenching. There is always hope for healing if they face it with compassionate help.

    • Carol Allums says:

      Joel does not lie. However, it seems to me that you have not done your homework. Taking care of an ectopic pregnancy is not abortion. The drugs for a chemical abortion have a black box warning. If you had checked, you would see that it is advised to use them only under the supervision of a physician. You know, abortion advocates have the right to bodily autonomy. They have the right to say no to an act which clearly puts a woman at risk for getting pregnant. In the case of rape or incest? You still have bodily autonomy plus you have the opportunity for compassion. The real issue in the abortion debate is personal responsibility. A person in this country has the freedom to do whatever he/she wants with the caveat that the person must be prepared to deal with the consequences. Abortion has basically given women the freedom to have sex whenever and with whomever they want knowing that they don’t have to bear the responsibility of their actions. In the process, a new life can be arbitrarily ended out of selfishness. The question is not about the government being dead set on inserting the power of government into every vagina but, rather, why a woman wants the freedom to offer her vagina as a playground. And ps, I have read the Constitution.

  • Gabriel says:

    What a disgusting bunch of lies and misinformation from Joel. You should quit being a sinful liar and take care of your poor wife. God gave her cancer for some reason. Possibly because of your egregious lies. You should repent and pray He saves her from your hubris.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      You seem nice. Now, please tell my why anyone needs to murder a baby. As the mother of an adopted son, I can tell you that there are thousands of prospective parents out there aching to adopt any baby. Perhaps instead of flinging nasty allegations about, you could look at the facts and discuss them, but if you can’t say something decent, compelling or polite, please refrain.

      • Gabriel says:

        Ectopic pregnancy happen est. 100,000 times a year in the US. Rape happens even more commonly. Incest happens commonly. Severe congenital defects that will result in certain death happen. No child should be forced to carry a pregnancy as a result of molestation.

    • Petra says:

      You are evil!

    • Marie says:

      Hmmmmmm. Ok, You must be a very unhappy person to spew such hateful words to anyone. It doesn’t make you look credible. Spewing and making yourself look foolish gets you nowhere but disrespected. Why would you do that to either an ally or adversary?

    • Anon says:

      Some of the demoncraps in congress have given up their flag pin for a “I love abortions “ pin on the lapel
      They are All in on Human sacrifice.

  • Michael says:

    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
    As for the followers that eagerly drink in his venom without confronting him with the truth. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.”

  • Toscano says:

    Dear Gabriel: Tyrants accuse their opponents of exactly what they are guilty of. Throwing spit at a man and his suffering wife is about as low as a human being can go.

  • Mary says:

    Soo- approximately 125 of these abortions were the result of a male a pedofile given that that is approximately how many of those girls were under age. How sad. Only the female is held accountable by the state. But, rest assured, the male accomplice will be held account by God.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      He also knows the girls, and grieves with them. He will keep them in the palm of His hand.

      • BrettManness says:

        You sure you want to bring religion into the argument? Lol. The Bible says that if a man rapes a girl, then he owes the father some silver pieces and the girl must marry him or be put to death.

  • Akdale says:

    thanks Joel. great informative article. Abortion is the outright murder of a child. the question is how can we the individual help stop it? volunteer at CPC or equivalent, PROMOTE MARRIAGE. The latter is done by making your own attractive and, lasting. those two things would have a big impact over time. the key is our kids. Yes pray but praying without doing is……

  • HomeschoolersToldYou says:

    well, since no governor has stood against the corrupt judiciary and stood up for babies, this includes feckless Dunleavy. I would happily sign any recall form to get rid of him. He is worse then the Leftists, he is a weak republican.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Recall form for dunleavy needed! Which one of you will step up and start the momentum! This article should give you enough fire in your gut to get this going!

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    For those who conflate ectopic pregnancies with abortion, you are not only factually but medically wrong. Removal of fallopian tubes is not an abortion. If you must lie to make your point, your point is moot. The horror stories being promulgated by the radical left are all nonsense, and you know that too. Nobody has ever died because they were denied an elective abortion. Leftists will say anything to make their point; again, those points are moot because they are predicated on lies. Know the truth, know the TRUTH, and you will be set free.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    The thing that up sets me the most about this form of MURDER is the father has no say. Now, I don’t like – but I understand – abortion from incest or rape. But all the rest, it took two people, and the MURDER of a living being should take both of them to agree. This malarkey that it’s my body is garbage. You should of thought about that before having sex. If you can’t figure out when you’re fertle, just don’t ever have sex – or go get fixed. That’s what you do to animals. It’s time to grow up people. God gave you that brain that’s supposed to be in your head. It gives you tools to THINK about what your doing, and the outcome from that action. If you don’t want to use it, you are like an animal. There is no reason now days for an unwanted pregnancy, none. MURDER should not be the answer.

  • Jennifer Hall says:

    This article isn’t accurate in its accusation that no governor has pushed back against state-funded abortion.