More

    Bill to outlaw abortion stuck in committee after failed vote

    AlaskaWatchman.com

    A bill to establish that all Alaskans, from the moment of conception, have a natural and protected right to life remains stuck in the Health & Social Services Committee (HHS) after a failed vote to move it out last week.

    Rep. David Eastman’s House Bill 178, known as the Alaska Life at Conception Act, recognizes that all Alaskans, born and unborn, are entitled to equal protection under the law. The legislation would outlaw abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, but does not criminalize situations where efforts to save a mother’s life result in the unintended death of a baby.

    On Jan. 29, Eastman moved that his bill be discharged from the HHS Committee. The motion failed with a 25-9 vote. As a result, the bill remains in the HHS Committee.

    HOW REPRESENTATIVES VOTED:

    YEAS (to move the bill out of committee)

    • Ben Carpenter-R, Nikiski
    • David Eastman-R, Wasilla
    • Sharon Jackson-R, Eagle River
    • DeLana Johnson-R, Wasilla
    • Lance Pruitt-R, Anchorage
    • Colleen Sullivan-Lenard-R, Wasilla
    • Dave Talerico-R, Healy
    • Cathy Tilton-R, Wasilla
    • Sarah Vance-R, Homer

    NAYS (votes to keep bill in committee)

    • Matt Claman-D, Anchorage
    • Harriet Drummond-D, Anchorage
    • Bryce Edgmon-I, Dillingham
    • Zack Fields-D, Anchorage
    • Neal Foster-D, Nome
    • Mel Gillis-R, Anchorage
    • Sara Hannan-D, Juneau
    • Grier Hopkins-D, Fairbanks
    • Jennifer Johnston-R, Anchorage
    • Andy Josephson-D, Anchorage
    • Gary Knopp-R, Kenai
    • Chuck Kopp-R, Anchorage
    • Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins-D, Sitka
    • Bart LeBon-R, Fairbanks
    • John Lincoln-U, Kotzebue
    • Merrick-R, Eagle River
    • Dan Ortiz-NA, Ketchikan
    • Laddie Shaw-R, Anchorage
    • Ivy Spohnolz-D, Anchorage
    • Andi Story-D, Juneau
    • Louise Stutes-R, Kodiak
    • Geran Tarr-D, Anchorage
    • Steve Thompson-R, Fairbanks
    • Chris Tuck-D, Anchorage
    • Adam Wool-D, Fairbanks

    EXCUSED:

    • Sara Rasmussen-R, Anchorage
    • George Rauscher-R, Sutton

    ABSENT:

    • Gabbrielle LeDoux-R, Anchorage
    • Mark Neuman-R, Big Lake
    • Tiffany Zulkosky-D, Bethel

    VACANT:

    • District 3

    Share this article

    Related articles

    Leave a reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Donate

    Alaska Watchman relies on the generous support of our readers. All donations go directly to supporting and expanding our news coverage. Please consider becoming a regular supporter.

    Select a Donation Option (USD)

    Enter Donation Amount (USD)

    Donate

    $
    Personal Info

    Donation Total: $100.00

    Stay Informed

    Receive breaking stories and analysis from the Alaska Watchman directly to your inbox for free.

    No spam ever. Guaranteed.

    [adrotate group=”1″]

    Latest articles

    The bizarre inconsistency of our Catholic bishops

    In these days of Alphabet Madness (COVID, LGBTQ, BLM, CHAZ), many Catholic bishops of the Western world fall lockstep into bizarre inconsistencies. Despite their...

    Let’s cancel the cancel culture

    Cancel culture destroys empathy and compassion for others. President Obama addressed this disturbing trend in 2019. Speaking last October at an event in Chicago,...

    Mayor’s latest emergency order again treats Anchorage churches as non-essential

    Update from editor: While the actual text of Mayor Berkowitz's latest emergency order makes no mention of churches or religious exemptions, his legal department...

    Anchorage Assemblywoman: Mayor’s homeless plan is a misuse of taxpayer funds

    Anchorage’s homeless problem has exploded in the last five years. Here are the numbers as compiled by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. 177...

    [adrotate group=”1″]

    News tips

    [contact-form-7 id=”7″ title=”News Tip Submission Form”]

    [adrotate group=”1″]