Should every human life in Alaska be protected, including those who are waiting to be born?

On March 14, the Alaska State House will take up this question in a hearing for the Life At Conception Act, a bill that aims to protect babies from conception to natural end of life.

Sponsored by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla), House Bill 205 will be heard at 3 p.m. in the House Health & Social Services Committee. Testimony on the proposed legislation will be by invitation only, but Alaskans can watch or listen in on the hearing at this link.

In describing the rational for the Life At Conception Act, Eastman wrote a statement which notes that the bill simply brings state law into conformity with the Alaska Constitution, which provides that all persons have a right to life, are equal under the law, and cannot be deprived of life without due process.

He also notes that it is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception, and state law does, in fact, already protect unborn life in certain circumstances, although this is inconsistently applied.

The full sponsor statement is published below.


This bill brings state law into conformity with the Constitution of the State of Alaska, which provides that “all persons have a natural right to life,” “all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights,” “all persons are entitled to equal…protection under the law,” and “no person shall be deprived of life” without due process. It makes clear, in accordance with biology and established science, that human life begins at conception, and that a child waiting to be born in Alaska is an Alaska resident if the mother of that child is an Alaska resident. Intentionally taking the life of a child waiting to be born in Alaska incurs the same penalties as taking the life of any other person. The outcome is the same in both cases, a life is snuffed out. Therefore, the crime should be the same. Under our constitution, every person in Alaska has a natural right to life, from the very young to the very old.

State law in Alaska has diverged into two parallel tracks. Murder of a child waiting to be born in Alaska is prosecuted under AS 11.41.150, which lays out the crime of Murder of an Unborn Child.

Likewise, manslaughter of a child waiting to be born in Alaska is prosecuted under AS 11.41.160, which lays out the crime of Manslaughter of an Unborn Child. The crime of Criminally Negligent Homicide of an Unborn Child is likewise laid out in AS 11.47.170. Assault of an Unborn Child in the First Degree is laid out in AS 11.41.280. The crime of Assault of an Unborn Child in the second degree is laid out in AS 11.41.282.

These same crimes when committed against all other persons are laid out in separate statutes; namely, AS 11.41.100-110 (Murder), AS 11.41.120 (Manslaughter), AS 11.41.130 (Criminally Negligent Homicide), AS 11.41.200 (Assault in the First Degree), and AS 11.41.210 (Assault in the Second Degree). HB 385 reunites these two parallel tracks together in statute.

The State of Alaska has a duty to protect the life of every innocent Alaskan without discrimination, and the Alaska Life at Conception Act of 2024 provides the means for the state to fulfill this duty. With passage of this law, Alaskans will no longer be forced to watch as their state facilitates and pays for the premeditated murder of Alaskan children waiting to be born, an act which the state prosecutes as a crime when committed outside the doors of an abortion clinic.

The Alaska Life at Conception Act also reminds the courts that the Constitution of the State of Alaska gives to the legislature alone the responsibility of legislating, and specifically tasks the legislature with implementing the constitutional right to privacy.

The specific concern that Alaskans were addressing when they voted to include the right to privacy provision in our state constitution was illegal government wiretapping. There was never an intent on the part of the people or on the part of the legislature to expand this provision to create a new right to end the life of a child in the womb. It is an overreach for any court to substitute its own definition of privacy in place of the right to privacy which the people understood themselves to be adopting when they gave their consent to guarantee this right in our state constitution.

In defining the right to privacy, the Alaska Life at Conception Act makes unmistakably clear that the Constitution of the State of Alaska has always protected the life of a child waiting to be born in Alaska.

Likewise, the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that Alaska shall not “deprive any person of life” without due process of law. The Alaska Life at Conception Act empowers state officials to take action to prevent the taking of an innocent child’s life. There is no greater form of child abuse than the premeditated murder of a defenseless child inside the womb.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. 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.” – Justice Samuel Alito (Majority)


— Click here to read the Life At Conception Act

— Click here to watch the March 14 hearing, beginning at 3 p.m.

— Click here to contact members of the House Health & Social Services Committee.

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Hearing on March 14 for Alaska bill that aims to defend all human life, from conception onward

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.


  • Mary says:

    God stated it very clearly in Jeremiah 1:5. “Before you were even formed I knew you in your mother’s womb.”

    case closed!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Once again, thank you Rep Eastman. Our Heavenly Father knows your heart and is witnessing the work you are doing to protect his children.

  • Shifra says:

    Kudos to Rep. Eastman. But given the current state of our legislature is there any hope that this bill is going anywhere?

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    While I hold out little hope that this bill will become law, it should be brought forward each and every session, just so everyone knows who prefers to kill babies than to grow their own spine and use their heads. Shame used to work, but if it does not, then relentless hounding might.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    As far as a baby whether in the womb or outside, absolutely we must protect them and treat them as image bearers of God! Unfortunately our stupid leaders think this is a decision that they are capable of deciding!

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    • Johnny says:

      I pray common sense prevails and this senseless murder is ended, God bless Mr Eastman.

  • Diana H Graf says:

    Yes please God bless and protect Representative Eastman. The previous attacks he has sustained have made him into a warrior, preparedPle for this fight in the big arena. Please God protect the unborn and those already born.

  • Richard Morgan says:

    I wonder how the Valley Reps will vote?