Pro-lifers in Alaska are pleased to see the governor's efforts to eliminate judicial activism on abortion, but the state needs to do more to stop paying for it.
In 1997, the Alaska Supreme Court somehow found a constitutional right to abortion, and in 2001, the same court ruled that Medicaid dollars had to be used to fund the life-ending procedures if the money was also used to pay for a baby's prenatal care and delivery.
Pat Martin of Alaska Right to Life tells OneNewsNow that did not satisfy current Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), who did not like the court's stand on the issue.
"The governor vetoed a portion of the judiciary's budget, and that amount of money was equal to the amount of money that the state paid for abortions in the previous fiscal year," Martin reports.
In other words, the court is now paying the price for its decision. One pro-life petition says, "It isn't perfect by a long stretch, but it is a step in the right direction!"
Meanwhile, some claim the governor had no right to take the action and believe it was a mean way of getting back at the judiciary.
"I hope that this is only the first action that the governor takes, but at this point, I don't think the judiciary has grounds or even desire to sue the governor over his veto of part of their budget," Martin continues.
He goes on to emphasize that although the funds have been shifted away from the judiciary, Alaska is still paying for abortions. His hope is the legislature and the governor will find other ways to make sure Medicare dollars are not spent on terminating preborn infants because abortion is not a medical necessity.