Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bad News For Unborn Alaskan Babies: NARAL Rates Alaska An "A-" On Their "Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States" Report

The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) issued a report on the "Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States", and gave the United States as a whole a letter grade of "D". That's the good news. The bad news is that NARAL gave the state of Alaska a letter grade of "A-".

According to LifeNews, the report is a “report card” grading the states, and NARAL gives its top marks to California and Washington, which aggressively fund abortions and Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars. They received A+ grades while Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, and Oregon received A grades from the pro-abortion group. Alaska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Vermont received a grade of A- and they are states where pro-life legislation rarely receives votes, let alone passes and becomes law. The District of Columbia joined those states, and it currently has taxpayer funding of abortions as well. On the other side, a large collection of states received F grades because they have become havens for pro-life legislation that is helping women and preventing abortions. They include Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

-- Read the full 106-page report HERE (8.3 mb; may take five minutes to download)
-- Read the list of letter grades without analysis for each state HERE.
-- For any state's report, go HERE then click on the state of interest

Here's their analysis of Alaska:

Political Info and Laws in Brief

Executives

  • Governor Sean Parnell (R) is anti-choice.

Legislature

  • The Alaska House is anti-choice.
  • The Alaska Senate is mixed-choice.

ANTI-CHOICE LAWS

Abortion Ban

Alaska has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
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Biased Counseling

Alaska law subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements.
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Refusal to Provide Medical Services

Alaska allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
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Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion

Alaska restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental notice.
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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Alaska law subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
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PRO-CHOICE LAWS

Emergency Contraception

Alaska law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
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Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Alaska provides low-income women access to abortion.
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State Constitutional Protection

Alaska's constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
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Alaska's leading pro-life lobbies include Alaskans for Parental Rights, Alaska Right to Life, the Alaska Family Council, and Eagle Forum Alaska.

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