Alaska attorney general John Burns has found unconstitutional a proposed ballot initiative that was essentially seeking to outlaw abortion in Alaska.
"The proposed bill meets the 'clearly unconstitutional' standard because it would supersede a woman's constitutional right to privacy," said the opinion, released late Monday. "This right is a federal constitutional right recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade."
Burns, who started work as the new attorney general last month, is recommending that the lieutenant governor refuse to certify the "Natural Right to Life" initiative.
The initiative tries to make it Alaska law 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."
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