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Story Last modified at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Right to Life initiative deserves consideration

I am disappointment with Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell's decision to reject the Natural Right to Life initiative submitted by Clinton Desjarlais that would have effectively made abortion illegal.

Treadwell's decision rests upon corrupt legal advice given by state attorney general John Burns.

Burns claims that the Alaska Supreme Court's interpretation of a Constitutional right to privacy is even "more protective than the federal Constitutional right" established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade case. What Burns fails to demonstrate is the way in which this same right to privacy does not extend to the child in the womb. U.S. federal law made the same mistake in establishing Roe v. Wade.

From the moment of conception the fertilized egg is a human. It cannot become an oak tree, a dog, or even a monkey. To deny this is simply a lie.

This is the same lie that is used by all murderous regimes to justify destroying humans on massive scales. The Turks dehumanized the Kurds. The Germans dehumanized the Jews. The Japanese dehumanized the Koreans.

Since the legalization of abortion in the United States in 1973, more than 49.5 million humans have been murdered.

I strongly urge Lt. Gov. Treadwell to ignore the bad advice he has received from Burns and act immediately to certify the Natural Right to Life initiative.

– Al Smith,


This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.