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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Alaska Legislator Introduces Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions


By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

An Alaska state lawmaker introduced a controversial bill Monday that would ban all abortions and protect unborn babies’ right to life.

Christian News reports the Life At Conception Act, or House Bill 250, introduced by state Rep. David Eastman, would put into law what the Alaska State Constitution already says.

Eastman said his bill will bring “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’ and ‘all persons are entitled to equal … protection under the law.’”

The bill also would repeal language from state murder and manslaughter laws that exempt abortions, and make the intentional killing of an unborn baby a crime of murder, Alaska Dispatch News reports.

Eastman said destroying the life of an unborn baby should carry the same penalties as destroying the life of a born child.
“[My bill] makes clear … 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,” Eastman said in a statement. “Further, that child may not be transported to another state or country for the purpose of taking the life of that child.”
He also told the Liberator that lawmakers “have a responsibility to protect the least of these,” a reference to a biblical passage where Jesus tells his followers to take care of the most vulnerable members of society.
News outlets report the bill does not have much chance of passing, and several lawyers said the courts would overturn the bill if it does.

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