The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates for U.S. House running in the special primary election to answer a series of questions. Read all of their responses here.
WILLIAM ‘BILL’ D. HIBLER III, nonpartisan from Fairbanks
Editor’s note: Hibler responded only to follow-up questions to candidates about abortion and the Supreme Court and did not respond to the first part of the survey, which asked: What in your background qualifies you to represent Alaskans in Congress? Why are you running for U.S. Congress in Alaska? And what would be your top priority if elected to Congress?
What is your position on abortion?
Abortion should be available, with some restrictions related to viability and or fetal heartbeat detection, and for victims of rape and incest.
If legislation came before the U.S. House that would guarantee the same abortion rights nationwide as the Roe v. Wade decision, how would you vote?
If you support abortion rights, what limitations, if any, do you think should be placed on those rights, such as waiting periods or a specific point in a pregnancy where abortion should no longer be legal?
In terms of federal legislation, there should be a minimalist federal law allowing abortion up to at least the time fetal heartbeat is detected and for rape and incest. Such a law has wide Republican support in the U.S. House. If elected, I would caucus with Republicans and push for such a law in the next Congress.
Would you support a bill, if it came before the House, to expand the size of the U.S. Supreme Court? Why or why not?
Absolutely not! The federal government is built on three independent branches of government. This is legislative overreach, and an attempt by so-called progressive Democrats to weaken our federalist constitutional system. Attempts like this are the main reason that although a former Democrat, I would caucus with Republicans in Congress if elected.