Alaska Committee Passes Bill to Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

State   |   Jim Minnery   |   Feb 28, 2014   |   3:59PM   |   Juneau, AK

Victories are few and far between in the pro-family, pro-life policy world but when they do occur, we should give thanks !

Yesterday, the House Finance Committee voted 6 to 5 to move SB 49 out of committee. This is the bill that simply ends public funding for elective abortions by defining what a “medically necessary” abortion is when the State is asked to pay for it through Medicaid. The next step will be a full vote from the House on the floor.  We still have much work to do but this was a critical step and one we’ve been waiting on for weeks.

taxpayerfunding3Attempts to add a “family planning” amendment that would have poured money into the State for contraception, primarily to Planned Parenthood, failed fortunately. The State already spends millions of dollars providing free family planning services.

Your participation in the process mattered.  Your voice made a difference. Your values were heard loud and clear.  Thank you !

And, to those legislators who faced the onslaught of negative pushback from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU and their constituents, and still stood firm in their resolve in support of SB 49, we ask that you send a short thank you !

They need to know that their vote is appreciated.  They need to know we’re counting on their vote one more time on the House floor. Let’s inundate their offices with gratefulness !


Thanks again for standing with us. You matter.  Jim Minnery is the president of the Alaska Family Council