March 3 hearing set for bill to restrict abortion providers from Alaska schools

A bill to restrict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from teaching or distributing materials in Alaska’s public schools is scheduled for a teleconferenced hearing in the Alaska Senate’s Education Committee on Thursday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m.

Introduced by Senator Mike Dunleavy, Senate Bill 191 would provide for civil penalties and the revocation or suspension of teacher certificates for instructors who violate the proposed law by inviting abortion providers or their affiliates to instruct students.

Senate Bill 191 states that abortion providers may not “present or deliver any instruction or program on any topic to students at a public school. Abortion providers that violate the proposed law would be “liable to civil action for a penalty of $5,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, plus costs and reasonable attorney fees, to each aggrieved student or the student’s estate.” Additionally, a school board member who violates the proposed law would not be eligible to receive state funds on or after the date of the violation.

A companion bill, House Bill 352, has been introduced in the Alaska House by Rep. Lynn Gattis.

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