CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS before this horrifically anti-choice law is voted on.
We can’t let this happen here. This isn’t Alabama.
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— Jacob Begich (@JacobBegich) May 17, 2019
Courtesy of the Juneau Empire:
The heated debate about abortion bans going on in states throughout the country might be coming to the Alaska Legislature next year.
Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, filed legislation this week to make abortion illegal. The bill, House Bill 178, defines abortion as “murder of an unborn child.”
HB 178 will not be on the Legislature’s agenda until it reconvenes in January 2020.
HB 178 was referred to the House Health and Social Services, Judicial and Finance committees. The Health and Social Services Committee could take it up when the Legislature resumes its regular session in January 2020.
Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, is the co-chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee, and told the Associated Press on Friday that she will not hear the bill. She told AP that she has “no interest in making it illegal for women to get an important health care procedure.”
Jessica Cler, the Alaska state director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, said in a statement to the Empire that HB 178 is almost certainly unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade ruled that state regulation on abortion is unconstitutional.
It sounds to me as if this bill is essentially dead in the water, which is only slightly reassuring because I can unequivocally say that if it ever made it to our current governor’s desk he would sign it in a heartbeat.
Currently, our state congress is bulging at the seems with Republicans and so there is every likelihood that another, more carefully worded, version of this bill might be reintroduced.
Did you all notice that the asshole who introduced this bill is from Wasilla?
Yeah, that is the source for all sorts of regressive legislation.
Not that any IMer should be surprised by that.