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Alaska "Natural Right to Life" Initiative (2014)

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The Alaska "Natural Right to Life" Initiative, is not on a 2014 ballot in the state of Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute. The proposed initiative called for protecting "the natural right to life and body of all mankind from the beginning of biological development."[1]

The initiative was rejected by both the state attorney general and lieutenant governor. Due to litigation, the measure was also reviewed by the Alaska Supreme Court.

This was the second of two initiatives that proposed similar laws. The first initiative was filed in 2010 by Clinton Desjarlais, Herbert Rollins and Leslie Zerbe. The 2014 initiative was called the "Sanctity of Life in Alaska" initiative. However, the measure application was denied by the Alaska Attorney General and the Alaska Lieutenant Governor.[1]

The 2014 initiative was again sponsored by Clinton Desjarlais, Herbert Rollins and Leslie Zerbe.

Text of measure

Proposed bill language

The sponsors' proposed bill language read as follows:[2]

Be it enacted by the people of the state of Alaska:

Section. 1. AS 18 is amended by adding a new chapter to read:

Chapter. 18. 01. Natural Right to Life.

Section. 2. AS 18. 01 is amended by adding a new section to read:

Section. 18. 01. Natural Right to Life. The State of Alaska shall protect the natural right to life and body of all mankind from the beginning of biological development. We the People affirm that the natural right to life and body of the unborn child supersedes the statutory right of the mother to consent to the injury or death of her unborn child. In life threatening situations the law of necessity shall dictate between the life of the mother and her child.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Alaska

Supporters of the initiative effort were required to collect 30,169 valid signatures by January 9, 2014 in order to have it sent to the Alaska State Legislature. Had the legislature chosen not to enact the measure, it would have been placed on a 2014 ballot for voters to rule on the issue.

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