-Juneau, AK

 

Anti-abortion bills have been popping up in states all across the country, and now as of Wednesday night, Alaska is one of them.

 

On the last day of the legislative session, Alaska Representatives David Eastman and Sharon Jackson introduced House Bill 178, also known as The Life at Conception Act or The Abolition of Abortion Act of 2019.

 

The bill classifies the start of human life at conception and outlaw’s abortion at any stage.

 

A similar bill was proposed back in 2017 and never even made its way on to the house floor. The bill remains in play for the next regular session, starting in January. The Alaska Health and Social Services Committee is the first of three to which it was referred.

 

Committee Co-Chair of Health and Social Services, Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz of Anchorage, says she will not hear a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in Alaska, and says she has “no interest in making it illegal for women to get an important health care procedure.”

 

Just this year alone four states have passed "heartbeat" bills, banning abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy and just this week Alabama passed the strictest abortion ban in the nation.

 

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