The Judicial Branch nationwide has gotten a little power-hungry. And as our forefathers’ system of checks and balances slides to the wayside, unelected judges have really gotten cocky and seem to be under the impression that they run things. When this happened in Alaska last week, their governor retaliated.
As the Alaska State Government was passing their budget, the Alaska Supreme Court decided that they would command the state to fund elective abortions. For example, if a three months pregnant Alaskan woman felt like getting an abortion ‘just because’, these judges want the state to pay for that termination. The ruling overturned several prior abortion-funding restrictions.
But the state passed their budget bill anyway, still with the language that forbade abortion funding by the state. Alaska Family Action President Jim Minnery wrote:
Faced with a court order to continue paying for abortions, Governor Dunleavy came up with a unique response. He decided that if liberal judges are going to demand subsidized abortions, the cost will come out of their budget. Among the many budget vetoes Governor Dunleavy announced today, there is included a reduction of $334,700 in the Alaska Court System’s budget – exactly the reduction the Legislature approved when it adopted language to eliminate abortion funding.
BAM. You want to force abortion funding? You’re going to pay. Literally. It’s really refreshing to see someone, anyone, stand up to the aggressive abortion agenda. As Minnery notes, this response by the governor is not a long-term solution, but rather a statement to an activist judiciary. There is more work to be done to keep activist judges at bay.
In his veto message, the Governor Dunleavy said:
“The Legislative and Executive Branch are opposed to State funded elective abortions: the only branch of government that insists on State funded elective abortions is the Supreme Court. The annual cost of elective abortions is reflected by this reduction. The Federal Government also prohibits any federal funds paying for elective abortions.”
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