JUNEAU, ak — A state representative in Alaska filed a bill Monday that would ban abortion as murder.
House Bill 250, the Life at Conception Act, was filed by Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, who said the act will bring state law into conformity with the state constitution, which affords all persons equal rights to protection under the law.
The bill defines the intentional killing of a preborn child as murder, and makes all parties involved in said killing culpable for the crime.
Eastman’s sponsor statement read, “It makes clear, in accordance with established science, 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. Further, it provides that no child awaiting birth may be transported to another state or country for the purposes of taking the life of that child. Taking the life of a child waiting to be born incurs the same penalties as taking the life of any other person.”
Eastman also filed a companion bill, The Responsible Judges Act (HB 251), which states that judges who attempt to exercise undelegated legislative power are guilty of malfeasance and subject to impeachment.
“Alaskans have watched, time after time, as a politically aggressive Alaska Supreme Court has struck down or invalidated one law after another in its quest for limitless abortion paid for frequently by the state. It has declared that the killing of preborn infants is an Alaskan value, placed in our state constitution, and worthy of state funding,” he said in an article on JoeMiller.us.
A freshman representative, Eastman told the Liberator he knew he would face a backlash for filing the legislation, but was compelled by conscience to do so anyway. “Once you understand what the laws should read, it brings a whole lot of clarity on the differences between what we have now and what’s right,” he said. “This is what right looks like and this is why we’re filing this bill.”
The bill was read before the House for the first time Monday, and has not yet picked up a single cosponsor, even from pro-life Republicans. Some have expressed that this is not the time for such an extreme measure while others have remained silent, but none have yet spoken in support of the bill.
In fact, several representatives who at one time agreed to co-sponsor the bill ultimately reversed their decision and have yet to do so.
“I think we have a responsibility to protect the least of these,” Eastman said.
Still, he hopes the bill will generate discussion among the people of Alaska, who share the responsibility to speak up for their preborn neighbors. “It’s on the people of Alaska to let the legislators know what needs to be done,” he said. “If [the bill] fails, the people will need to speak out in the next election about their priorities.”