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Letter to the Editor: Dan Sullivan doesn't respect privacy

Posted: August 27, 2014 - 11:04pm

This election cycle is upsetting for me. As an Alaskan woman who votes, I’m fed up with politicians who say they want “small government” but propose intrusive regulations about women’s health. My body is not something to be regulated or intruded upon, especially under the guise of “freedom.”

I don’t trust politicians who sacrifice women’s health and women’s rights for partisan gain. Anyone who sacrifices my individual freedoms like that isn’t representing all of Alaska.

Dan Sullivan recently survived a nasty primary and will be the Republican candidate for Senate. Sullivan is little-known in Alaska because he’s a native of Ohio, but his positions on women’s rights are extreme and out of touch with our support for personal privacy.

Dan Sullivan said he believes “life begins at conception.”

That policy would criminalize some common forms of contraception and abortion. It would even make the morning-after pill and emergency contraception illegal. The Alaska Constitution respects privacy and women’s right to make their own health decisions. I don’t want a senator who would let the federal government have a say in my health decisions.

Dan Sullivan endorsed the controversial Hobby Lobby decision, which lets bosses deny basic reproductive health coverage for their employees. This policy makes no sense: Why would I tolerate my boss having any say about my reproductive health decisions?

Dan Sullivan would vote to cut off funding for breast and ovarian cancer screenings, contraception and other basic health care — simply because those services are provided by Planned Parenthood. This important access should be supported no matter what.

Dan Sullivan doesn’t even stand on the side of women who are victims of domestic violence in Alaska. He won’t state his support of the amendments to the Violence Against Women Act — that would assure that Alaskan Native women in tribes (not just reservations) would still have protection.

These anti-woman policies are all radical and indefensible on their face. Yet they are even more extreme when compared to our current Senate delegation’s positions.

Sen. Mark Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski opposed Hobby Lobby and support contraception. They voted for the Violence Against Women Act and are supporting legislation to close the Alaska loophole. They support a woman’s right to choose. Their votes are totally different from the anti-woman positions of Dan Sullivan.

I am proud of Alaska’s tradition of recognizing rights of all citizens, including women. Let’s continue to respect those rights by rejecting Dan Sullivan’s anti-privacy, anti-liberty, anti-woman agenda.

• Laura Herman is a Young Democratic volunteer.

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Kevin Nye
Kevin Nye 09/02/14 - 09:19 am
I Don't Understand

I don't understand why this is a problem to you. Abortion is legal, and contraceptive devices and prescriptions are legal here in America. Unless Roe v Wade is overturned, abortion will remain legal.

Or, is it that you want the taxpayer to pay for abortions and contraceptive devise and prescriptions?

Brad Fluetsch
Brad Fluetsch 09/02/14 - 01:53 pm
Employer funded abortion

Kevin, I think she wants employer funded abortions, employer funded contraception.

I agree with her on one point, Federal, State or local government or her employer should not have a say on what she wants to do with her body, if they did I would make body piercing and tattoos illegal. Hopefully, she is adult enough NOT to expect that the public wants to pay for all the stuff she does to her body or the consequences that stuff will cause.

Government needs to downsize and focus on a couple of priorities and try to get them right before they tackle issues best left to we the people.

Chris Prussing
Chris Prussing 09/03/14 - 07:26 am
Medical care is medical care

Insurance coverage for reproductive care should be viewed the same as any other medical care, and is not the business of anyone save the doctor and patient.

The long drippy noses of The Uterus Police are an offense to everyone, male and female alike.

The "life begins at conception" mantra is a religious belief. It has no place in government. Separation of church and state, remember? The framers of our Constitution were all too aware of the history of The Thirty Years War, and we should be, too.

Really, do you honestly believe that people should be allowed inflict their religious beliefs on the rest of society, in expectation of a gold star in the afterlife? Oh. You're a talibani. Never mind.

Karl Ashenbrenner
Karl Ashenbrenner 09/03/14 - 07:36 am
Well said Chris,

you hit out of the park!

Karl Ashenbrenner
Karl Ashenbrenner 09/03/14 - 07:42 am
If someone

is so concerned about abortion then come out for contraception....which would seem (anecdotally of course) to lower the amount of abortions. But if you are against both, then it seems to me you are either trying to dictate the choice of someone else or are acting hypocritical even unto the point of being kinda Talibanish.

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