State of Alaska Archives: on Abortion


Lisa Murkowski: Joined Democrats to fund Planned Parenthood

Senate Republicans, aided by Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing Georgia colleague who gingerly made his way to the Capitol with the aid of a wheelchair and a walker, voted Thursday to undo an Obama administration rule preventing states from blocking funding for family planning clinics that also provide abortions.

Democrats all voted against the bill, as did two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski have long opposed attacks on funding Planned Parenthood, which they argue provides services for women in areas with scarce health care options.

Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, who returned after two back surgeries, was cleared by his doctors to travel for one day only to help pass the measure, but it took Pence's final vote to break the 50-50 tie. The measure will now head to Trump's desk, a onetime supporter of Planned Parenthood who adopted an anti-abortion rights position during the campaign.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2018 Alaska Gubernatorial race Mar 30, 2017

Joe Miller: Roe v. Wade is judicial activism at its worst

Q: Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Miller: I believe that every life deserves the protection of the government. Roe v. Wade is an example of judicial activism at its worst, running contrary to the Constitution's clear mandate to protect life. Rare instances may occur where we cannot save both the life of the mother and the child. In such cases, we should save the life we can.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Alaska Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Lisa Murkowski: Don't cut off all federal funds to Planned Parenthood

The Senate took another procedural vote on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, this one linked to a stop-gap measure to fund the government. Murkowski was one of eight Republicans to vote against advancing the bill. She sided with Democrats who say cutting Planned Parenthood funds would limit access to healthcare and contraception.

Murkowski said, "I have made very, very clear to anyone who is within range of listening that I do not support shutting down the government. Period." The senator says she doesn't believe federal funds should be cut off to all of Planned Parenthood. "Those facilities in Alaska that provide for the STD testing, some of the other services, will not have those resources. And that is very troubling," she said. "The women of Alaska, and I think women around the country, need to make sure that they don't have a disruption of service."

Planned Parenthood has been under fire after videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists surfaced.

Source: KTOO Public Media on 2016 Alaska Senate race Sep 24, 2015

Lisa Murkowski: Don't ban all late-term abortions; exceptions needed

Murkowski explained why she missed a vote on another abortion bill, that one to ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. The senator says she was in Texas, raising money for her re-election. "I had made, months and months ago, made arrangements to do a fundraising swing, and had put in place these plans at the early part of the summer," she said. Murkowski says when she made her plans, she predicted the Senate would not have any votes that day, and that turned out to be the wrong call. "I do regret not being here for the vote because that's your responsibility," she said.

The abortion ban also failed to get enough votes to pass. She disappointed anti-

Source: KTOO Public Media on 2016 Alaska Senate race Sep 24, 2015

Joe Miller: Planned Parenthood: end trade in murdered baby parts

Most of us have heard about the explosive revelations of the backroom butchery of Planned Parenthood. These undercover videos show--in gruesome detail--how Planned Parenthood has actively marketed baby parts to corporations like StemExpress who pay top dollar, depending on how complete the aborted body is and the "freshness" of the pre-born infant's organs.

America now sits in the unenviable position of not only being fully informed of the slaughter of innocents within its borders--closing in on 60,000,000 dead as I write this article--but also now being fully informed of the grotesque, multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the buying and selling of babies' corpses and body parts.

Abortion and the trade of fetal parts is morally repugnant and must be stopped. And the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around it must be exposed and banned. The future of our nation, our state, and our children--born and unborn--depend on it.

Source: 2016 Alaska Senate campaign website JoeMiller.us Aug 17, 2015

Cean Stevens: Completely pro-life; no government financing

Q: When should abortion be allowed, and when should government pay for it?

A: Personally, I am completely pro life. I don't believe that the government shouldn't finance any activity which funds abortion.

Q: Do you anticipate pushing any legislation, policies or budget proposals that would change the status quo in Alaska?

A: As a Libertarian, I believe we should provide more educational choices other than abortion. I would legislate to fund this type of education.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News on 2016 Alaska Senate race Oct 29, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Exception for abortion to protect life of mother

At a GOP debate Monday, Messrs. Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller each labeled themselves as pro-life candidates--although with varying exceptions. Sullivan would keep abortion legal in the case of rape, incest and to protect the mother's life. Treadwell would allow the procedure to protect the mother's life. And Miller said he would allow no exceptions.

"I don't think we ought to be talking about exceptions, we ought to be talking about life," Miller said at the debate, held in an evangelical church in Eagle River. "Why are we going to punish the sons and daughters for the father's sins? That's what we do for the rape and incest exception."

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Aug 5, 2014

Joe Miller: Don't talk about exceptions; talk about life

At a GOP debate Monday, Messrs. Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller each labeled themselves as pro-life candidates--although with varying exceptions. Sullivan would keep abortion legal in the case of rape, incest and to protect the mother's life. Treadwell would allow the procedure to protect the mother's life. And Miller said he would allow no exceptions.

"I don't think we ought to be talking about exceptions, we ought to be talking about life," Miller said at the debate, held in an evangelical church in Eagle River. "Why are we going to punish the sons and daughters for the father's sins? That's what we do for the rape and incest exception."

Miller's supporters distributed news clippings that in 2012 Treadwell blocked a measure that would have allowed a statewide referendum to outlaw abortion.

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Aug 5, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Exception for abortion for rape, incest & maternal health

At a GOP debate, Messrs. Treadwell, Sullivan and Miller each labeled themselves as pro-life candidates--although with varying exceptions. Sullivan would keep abortion legal in the case of rape, incest and to protect the mother's life. Treadwell would allow the procedure to protect the mother's life. And Miller said he would allow no exceptions.

Miller's supporters distributed news clippings about Mr. Treadwell that could be infuriating to a socially conservative audience: That in 2012 he agreed to allow transgendered people to "correct the gender marker" on their Alaska driver's license and that he blocked a measure that would have allowed a statewide referendum to outlaw abortion. During the debate, Treadwell said the initiative would have been unconstitutional and acted on advice of the state's lawyers.

But Miller used the episode to attack Treadwell. "You know, we heard that argument before, 'I was just following orders,'" Miller said.

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Aug 5, 2014

Joe Miller: Abortion causes a culture of death

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Miller: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Miller: I am 100% prolife. Every life is sacred. We should safe every life we can.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Miller: Abortion (about 57 million have been killed. This culture of death has a comprehensive impact, society-wide).

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Mark Begich: No new regulations on women's access to medical care

The Parnell/Treadwell Administration is trying to restrict Alaska women's access to medical care. New regulations are set to make it harder for women and their doctors to make medical decisions. These new regulations are an unprecedented intrusion into a women's medical privacy.

I stand with the women of Alaska. The state legislative counsel has already said the proposed regulations may be unconstitutional. This is just another attempt to circumvent women's rights and we can't let it stand. Medical decisions should be left between patients, their families, and their doctors--not politicians in Juneau or Washington, D.C.

The women of Alaska should not be forced to make decisions about their health based on government regulations. And I need you to let Alaska's state administration know you stand with us: Add your voice to mine right now.

Source: Letter from Sen. Begich: 2014 Alaska Senate debate Sep 7, 2013

Charlie Huggins: Supports mandatory ultrasounds

The "Extreme Team" of right-wing Republicans in the state senate, starring Cathy Giessel (R), Fred Dyson (R), John Coghill (R), Charlie Huggins (R) (and their token DINO Donny Olson "D") have sponsored a forced ultrasound bill in the Alaska legislature. This bill mandates that the physician perform an ultrasound regardless of its medical necessity prior to performing an abortion, even though Alaska Supreme Court has stated laws may not place unnecessary burdens on a woman's right to an abortion.
Source: Huffington Post on 2018 Alaska gubernatorial race May 21, 2012

Mead Treadwell: I am pro-life; I am pro-family

Government exists to protect our liberties, not to take them away. I support limited government. We have to restore the constitutional relationship between the federal government and the states, and insist that the federal government respect the terms and conditions of the compact which made Alaska a state. They are taking away control of our lands and waters, our fish and game, and violating promises on revenue-sharing from federal lands. Government should help the helpless but not make more people helpless. I am pro-life. I am pro-learning. I am pro-family. I am known as a constructive guy who's helped make many good things happen in Alaska. I am passionate about our state and its opportunities. I am angry when outside government is either mean-spirited or ignorant about what Alaska can do for the nation and the world. I'm even angrier when the federal government wants to take our liberty, our property, and our businesses, and replace our judgment with its own.
Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, treadwellalaska.com, "Issues" Feb 9, 2012

Mead Treadwell: Support parental notification for minors getting abortions

I support the Parental Notification Initiative, and will be voting yes on 2 come August 24th. It is a sad, crazy day in Alaska when we need to go to the ballot box to restore the rights-and responsibilities-of parents. As a single parent of three, I sign a lot of permission slips. Pierced ears. Volleyball. Field trips. But according to the Supreme Court of Alaska, a trip to an abortion clinic for our underage daughters is none of our business. I understand my daughter's right to privacy, but as a parent, I feel it is my responsibility to be a part of the difficult emotional and moral decisions of our childrens' lives. Whenever any member of my family goes near a hospital, I pray hard--in overtime. I need to know. In a crisis, I'm there--with love, forgiveness, and counsel. It's called parenting. They're our kids. They're our families.
Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, treadwellalaska.com, "Issues" Feb 9, 2012

Joe Miller: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Sarah Palin: Safe Haven bill: allow surrendering newborns without penalty

Governor Palin Signs ‘Safe Haven’ Bill Into Law: Bill allows parents to surrender newborns without prosecution

Palin signed House Bill 29 into law today. The “Safe Haven for Infants Act” passed the State House in May and passed the Senate on Jan. 19. The bill allows a parent to safely surrender a newborn child without the threat of prosecution, as long as there is no evidence the infant has been physically injured.

Without penalty, a parent may leave the infant in the physical custody of a peace officer, physician or hospital employee, or a volunteer or employee of a fire station or emergency medical service. “All children deserve to begin their lives in a loving, protective family,” Governor Palin said. “When that fails, it is our job as a state to make sure that children are protected.”

The Commissioner of Health and Social Services said, “Unfortunately, abandonment of infants has occurred in Alaska. It is our hope that the passage of the ‘Safe Haven’ act has ended that forever.”

Source: Gov. P.R.08-020, `Safe Haven` Alaska Voting Records for HB29 Feb 11, 2008

Sarah Palin: Adoption is best plan for permanency for foster care kids

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Adoption” Oct 22, 2007

Sarah Palin: Choose life, even if her own daughter were raped

The candidates were pressed on their stances on abortion and were even asked what they would do if their own daughters were raped and became pregnant.

Palin said she would support abortion only if the mother’s life was in danger. When it came to her daughter, she said, “I would choose life.”

Knowles, responding to the scenario involving his daughter, said he would counsel her and talk to her, but it would be her decision. “I would love her and support her no matter what decision she made,” he said

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate Nov 3, 2006

Tony Knowles: Support woman’s decision in cases of rape

The candidates were pressed on their stances on abortion and were even asked what they would do if their own daughters were raped and became pregnant.

Palin said she would support abortion only if the mother’s life was in danger. When it came to her daughter, she said, “I would choose life.”

Knowles, responding to the scenario involving his daughter, said he would counsel her and talk to her, but it would be her decision. “I would love her and support her no matter what decision she made,” he said

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate Nov 3, 2006

Mark Begich: Mayor’s Charity Ball donated $25K to Planned Parenthood

Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage donated $25,000 to Planned Parenthood of Alaska following an annual city fundraising event.

Money raised by the 2003 Mayor’s Charity Ball was divided among four charities. This year, those randomly selected were the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Imaginarium, the Covenant House of Alaska, and Planned Parenthood of America, the nation’s largest abortion business. Each received one quarter of the more than $100,000 raised.

Begich included Planned Parenthood when he remarked that the fundraiser would benefit “four very worthy charities,” despite the fact that Planned Parenthood already receives grants from the state and federal governments.

In previous years, pro-life organizations had benefited from the annual ball, such as the Pregnancy Support Services crisis pregnancy in 1998 and both Catholic and Lutheran Social Services.

Source: Paul Nowak, LifeNews.com, “Alaska Mayor Donates” Dec 15, 2003

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Donald Trump(NY)
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V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
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