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ANCHORAGE, Ak. — A lawmaker in Alaska has introduced a bill that would outlaw abortion in the state, and would reject any rule or order that would conflict with the law, being seen as infringing upon the child’s constitutional right to life.
Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, filed House Bill 178, also known as the “Abolition of Abortion Act,” on Wednesday. It defines a child as being a person “from the moment of conception until 18 years of age,” and notes that the Alaska Constitution declares that “all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law.”
“[T]he implementation of state law protecting the right to life of all persons is the constitutional responsibility of the legislative branch, not the judiciary,” the bill states, and clarifies that “it was never the intent of [the state Constitution’s right to privacy] or any other section of the Constitution of the State of Alaska, to recognize a right of any person to take the life of an innocent child.”
It further points to the 10th Amendment of the federal Constitution, which outlines that the powers not expressly granted to the federal government are reserved to the states.
Therefore, “a statute, regulation, rule, or order that has the purpose, intent, or effect of legalizing any abortion in the state infringes on a child’s right to life in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States … is not the supreme law of
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