Private Right, Episode 5: A ‘pro-life state’

Hosted By: Lisa Phu - February 15, 2023


Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy spent the last five minutes of his recent State of State address talking about becoming “the most pro-life state in the country,” conspicuously never using the word “abortion.”  

“Through the actions we’ll take together, when people ask which of the 50 states values children and families the most, from the moment of conception on, I hope they say Alaska,” he said.

He and many other Alaska politicians have been trying to chip away at Alaska’s constitutionally protected right to access an abortion. Some efforts have lasted decades. Despite this, abortion in Alaska remains legal and there are efforts currently underway that could mean even greater access to reproductive health care. 

Private Right from the Alaska Beacon is a show about abortion in Alaska, a conservative state with a strong right to choose. Lisa Phu is the host. In this series, you’ll hear Alaskans talk about abortion, and its impact on the state and their lives.

Episode credits: Lisa Phu, writer, reporter and producer; Andrew Kitchenman, editor; and Dave Waldron, engineer. Thanks to Kelli Burkinshaw and Jennifer Fletcher for their assistance. Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

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