Judge Suddock: The Face of Judicial Arrogance

Yesterday, Judge John Suddock did exactly what we predicted: he obediently granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a “temporary restraining order” or TRO. As the name implies, that order prohibits the state from enforcing the recently adopted regulations that do nothing more than stop taxpayer funding of abortions that are performed simply because a woman doesn’t want to be pregnant.

As a result of Judge Suddock’s decision, abortions will be performed this very week in Alaska that are done purely for reasons of convenience – and you and I will be footing the bill for all of it.

Years ago, I remember seeing a bumper sticker that said: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” I feel like that saying applies very well to the Alaska court system. If you’re not outraged at the behavior of our judiciary, you simply haven’t read enough of their arrogant decisions.

I’ve read Judge Suddock’s decision carefully. Like so many activist judges he behaves like a “super legislator” who thinks he’s in charge of crafting public policy, rather than a lawyer who is charged with a very narrow task of discerning whether a law or regulation is compatible with the constitution. At one point in his decision, Judge Suddock writes:

“DHSS (the Department of Health and Social Services) has tolerated a status quo of relatively unfettered physician discretion for twelve years since the Supreme Court’s 2001 overruling of its prior attempt to propound an acceptable standard. It (sic) implausible that a delay of a few months until an evidentiary hearing is held will unduly burden the DHSS in minimizing Medicaid expense. Accordingly, Planned Parenthood qualifies for a temporary restraining order.”

Translation: We’ve allowed the people who profit from performing abortions to have free reign to decide when YOU get to pay for one of THEIR abortions. And since this travesty has been going on for so long (primarily because of an earlier bad court decision), what’s the big deal in allowing it to continue for several more months?

The problem is, Judge Suddock, that someone who actually WON AN ELECTION (Governor Parnell) sees things differently than you. The Parnell Administration has the authority to do this because the Governor won an election, and that makes him accountable to the people. In contrast, nobody elected Judge Suddock to pass any laws, or decide how our tax dollars will be spent – even for a few months.

This Guttmacher Institute study (scroll down to Tables 2 & 3) shows the VAST MAJORITY of abortions take place for elective/non-medical reasons. Remember, Guttmacher is a pro-abortion research arm of Planned Parenthood.

Judge Suddock chose to ignore testimony offered in the past by Dr. Jan Whitefield, one of the most prolific abortionists in Alaska, under oath that he certifies medical necessity whenever a pregnancy would interfere with a woman’s work or education plans, or even if she views her pregnancy as an “affront.” In other words, an abortion is medically necessary whenever a woman does not want to be pregnant. Right now, because of Judge Suddock, any abortion a Planned Parenthood doctor certifies is medically necessary is just that, and the State must pay.

Call_To_Action.jpgAction item: Many of you have asked what you can do to protest Judge Suddock’s involvement in this case, since his former law partner once helped represent Planned Parenthood in an earlier lawsuit over Medicaid funding of abortion. It’s outrageous that Judge Suddock is still even on this case.

We recommend that you file a complaint with the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct.

You can visit the Commission’s webpage here:


You’ll see a list of topics about the Commission, and one of the items is called “Commission Complaint Form”. If you click on it, it will allow you to download a pdf form you can use to file a complaint against Judge Suddock. The form contains a mailing address, email, and fax number that can be used to return the form to the Commission.

Standing for Families,

In His name!

Jim Minnery, President
Alaska Family Action

  • mrbp

    Add the rule to the tax payer funded murder of babies: “You will have your re-productive glands removed with the baby. That shold cut down on these “unwanted” pregnancies.

    • gracentruth

      And castrate all the fathers who are really responsible for abortions. This would be the most proper thing to do. Peace,

  • James

    The trouble with tax payer funded abortion is that the wrong
    people are getting the abortion. Those on welfare don’t get abortions, because the more kids they have the more money they get. Then these kids grow up and do the same thing. That is why that in 13 states in this country, we have more people on welfare than are working. That is why we have people like the one in Texas that called the radio program and said why she should work, she gets her
    check every month right on time, and she can stay home and smoke weed.

  • gracentruth

    Who is responsible for placing these judges on the bench??? Whoever it is, needs to go along with the judges. Only way I see in Alaska is for God to “true the vote.” The people have no voice in the election process. Peace,

  • gracentruth

    I recall that last April, on or about 2-3, 2013, Alaska Pro-Life people were peacefully demonstrating in Juneau across from capitol and legislative buildings. Taxpayer paid employees drove large taxpayer paid truck in front of them, blocking their signs; I believe that one of the peaceful demonstrators was even assaulted. Our governor took no action. He mouths that he is pro life, yet his inactions tell the real story. And not one Republican lawmaker investigated. Perhaps that is why Alaskan judges deliver marxist rulings. They are all in the same pit. Peace,