Before you learn the relationship between Alaska’s Elected Representatives, State Budgets, and State funded abortions, please understand you will learn things about your state and the men and women you’ve elected to represent you that are not flattering.
While many of your elected representatives have acted with courage and integrity regarding abortion in Alaska, you’ll find that most did not.
What you’re about to learn about abortion funding and your elected representatives below and in the attached documents isn’t intended to scandalize any particular elected representative or single out any particular elected representative for political action.
You will find out, however, the indifference to children being killed – and your tax dollars being used to pay for their destruction – has been a pattern of behavior of nearly every elected representative, except when it comes time for their reelections.
The Budget Process: A Tool of Deceit
The Alaska State Operating Budget has no effect on the number of children killed with state funds, nor the amount of money the State paid to Alaska’s abortionists.
Alaska’s elected representatives and governors have known this since 2001. Continuing to amend and pass budgets that demonstrate the “intent to defund Planned Parenthood,” while knowing that the only way to stop paying for the killing of innocent children is simply to stop paying. Lacking the competence and courage to do anything less while presenting unenforceable budget restrictions demonstrates nothing but deceitful cowardice.
“…Under the recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling, it [the 2002 Alaska Operating Budget] has no effect and the state must pay for medically necessary abortions within 90 days of receipt of a valid claim.”
Alaska Department of Health and Social ServicesAugust 10, 2001 Letter to Alaska’s Abortionists
“We obeyed the superior court’s order, and we advise you to continue to obey it; i.e., to continue to pay for these medically necessary abortions until such time, if any, as a court advises you that you do not have the authority to do this.”
Alaska State Attorney General to Governor KnowlesJune 28, 2002 DOL Review of the 2003 Operating Budget
Yet for years we’ve heard from candidates, incumbents, and even pro-life groups like Alaska Right to Life campaign on and for “defunding Planned Parenthood,” and “eliminating abortion funding” from the state budget.
CANDIDATES. Even the most well-meaning candidate likely has no idea the budget has zero effect on the number of children killed by abortion with state funds.
ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. Since 2001, the Alaska Legislature has repeatedly passed budgets that eliminated abortion funding from the budge and Alaska Governors have signed those budgets into law, knowing full well:
- The Department of Health and Social Services will obey the 2001 court order to pay every claim it receives within 90 days.
- The Department of Law will instruct the Governor to consider the budget language as unconstitutional, knowing the Department of Health and Social Services will continue to obey the 2001 court order to pay every abortion claim it receives within 90 days.
PRO-LIFE GROUPS. Immediately following the 2001 Supreme Court decision ordering the State to pay all medically necessary abortion claims it receives, pro-life groups rallied to find a way to limit the number of state funded abortions within the parameters of the court’s order.
To their credit, pro-life groups operate from the outside – they don’t have access to Department of Law memos or Department of Health and Social Service reports that would help them form more effective and God honoring plans.
To their shame, pro-life groups resigned themselves to operate within the rules set by a corrupt court that was – and still is – willing to ignore and change the rules as it fits their agenda. Hindsight shows us that direct confrontation with unjust laws, unjust decisions, unconstitutional abuse of rights and power should have been the approach since the courts created the “constitutional right to abortion” out of thin air on November 21, 1997.
Pro-life groups, candidates, and elected representatives at all levels of state government have wasted time, money, and trust for nearly 20 years while children’s lives are destroyed year after year with no clear end in sight.
The 2020 Alaska State Operating Budget, HB 39, repeats nearly 20 years of grandstanding on budgets that promise to eliminate abortion funding while leaving the court’s order to pay every abortion claim received fully intact.
If the 2020 budget threatened a single abortion claim, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry would have stormed the capital with activists while restraining the voters’ intent with the courts.
Alaska Right to LifeJust a Common Sense Observation
Because the courts have changed the rules every time pro-life groups, governors, and legislators have tried to protect innocent human life, it’s time to directly confront unjust laws, unjust court decisions, and unconstitutional abuse of rights and power.
The Way Forward: Stop Paying Abortion Claims.
The only way to stop paying paying for children to be killed in the womb is simply to stop paying.
Here’s why it works: we have a duty to obey the Constitution and so do our elected representatives and officers, appointed judges and justices, and even appointed department commissioners.
If our elected representatives obey the constitution, fulfill their constitutional responsibilities, and exercise their constitutional authorities, the “fundamental” and “constitutional right to abortion” and the court orders to pay for children to be killed will unravel.
When our elected representatives obey the constitution, fulfill their constitutional responsibilities, and exercise their constitutional authorities, the “fundamental” and “constitutional right to abortion” will unravel.
Alaska Right to LifeConstitutional Common Sense
Going back to the Alaska Constitution brings the court’s actions in direct conflict with the Constitution.
Equal Protection Is The Court’s Basis For Abortion Payments
In 1998, the State of Alaska adopted measures resembling the U.S. Hyde Amendment, restricting abortion payments to only those necessary to protect a pregnant woman’s life if the baby were allowed to grow to full term.
Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and what we’ll refer to as the abortion industry – various abortionists, NARAL, NOW, etc. all joined in suit against the State of Alaska.
The primary basis the courts decided in favor of the abortion industry is the concept that the State violated the Alaska Constitution’s equal protection clause.
The Equal Protection Clause, Alaska Constitution Article 1, Section 1
This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the
pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are
equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law; and that all persons have corresponding obligations to the people and to the State. (emphasis added)
All Roads Lead to Rome and All Decisions Lead to The Constitution
Article 1, Section 1 of Alaska’s Constitution tells us that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, etc. and that all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law.
Under this section, the court presumes at least two things:
- Abortion is counted as a natural right to be protected under the law.
- Children are not entitled to natural – constitutional – rights until they are born.
Where Did The Right To Abortion Come From?
Before new constitutional rights can be recognized, the Constitution itself must first be amended. The strict rules for amending the Alaska Constitution are outlined in the Constitution itself:
The Courts Choose Another Route
Wanting to create – not recognize – new constitutional rights, the Courts took a more direct route to their decided end:
In 1997, the Alaska Supreme Court created the “constitutional right to abortion,” by defining our constitutional right to privacy – and violating the Constitution in the process.
Returning To The Constitution
Because the protection of human life begins and ends with the Constitution, it is to the Constitution that we return.
The Right to Life is Recognized and Protected
This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that all persons are
equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law; and that all persons
have corresponding obligations to the people and to the State.
Article 1, Section 1
Political Power Belongs to The People
All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.
Article 1, Section 2
Changes to The Constitution Are Initiated By The Legislature, Affirmed By The People
Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature. The lieutenant governor shall prepare a ballot title and proposition summarizing each proposed amendment, and shall place them on the ballot for the next general election. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition favor the amendment, it shall be adopted. Unless otherwise provided in the amendment, it becomes effective thirty days after the certification of the election returns by the lieutenant governor.
Article 13, Section 1
Protecting Civil Rights is The Legislature’s Duty
No person is to be denied the enjoyment of any civil or political right because of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin. The legislature shall implement this section.
Article 1, Section 3
Defining The Right to Privacy is the Legislature’s Duty
The right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed. The legislature shall implement this section.
Article 1, Section 22
Constitutional Scholars NOT Needed
While every point in the Constitution isn’t immediately obvious to all of us, understanding the plain and common sense assertions and requirements of most of the constitution doesn’t require the help or condescension of constitutional scholars, lawyers, and judges.
The Right To Life Violated
The Legislature’s 1970 assault on life in the womb violated the natural and constitutional right to life of every child killed by abortion since.
The Court’s creation of a “fundamental” and “constitutional right to abortion” was a further assault on the natural and constitutional right to life of every child killed by abortion since 1997.
The Court’s decision that the State must pay for every abortion claim it receives is a further assault on the natural and constitutional right to life of every child killed with state funds since 2001.
The Political Process Violated
The Court’s creation of a “fundamental” and “constitutional right to abortion” was a violation of the people’s constitutional right to our representative form of government.
The Constitutional Amendment Process and Authority Violated
The Court’s creation of a “fundamental” and “constitutional right to abortion” violated the legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, and the exclusive people’s authority to amend the Alaska Constitution.
The Legislature’s Civil Rights Protection Authority Violated
The Court’s numerous enforcement actions to protect the so-called right to abortion violated the Legislature’s authority to enforce protections on recognized civil rights.
The Legislature’s Exclusive Authority to Define and Protect The Right to Privacy Violated
The Court violated the Legislature’s exclusive authority to define and protect the right to privacy nearly 100 times since 1997.
What Happened To Childrens’ Right to Life?
With the “creation” of the so-called “constitutional right to abortion,” children’s existing and equal rights – to life, liberty, and protection under the law were destroyed.
Returning to a proper understanding of our elected representatives’ limits, authority, and corresponding responsibilities – and exercising the courage to push an activist judiciary and indifferent legislature back into their proper roles is the only path forward.
Keeping an eye on the humanity of children from the moment of conception to natural end of life must instruct every step we take.
Alaska Right to LifeThe way forward for life
- Eliminate abortion payments by not paying abortion claims.
- Eliminate abortion industry grants and reimbursements
- Fight and impeach activist judges that continue to violate the constitution
- Define privacy to exclude a right to abortion
- Eliminate abortion industry access to our kids and public venues
- Pass the Life At Conception Act