Abortion as political fodder

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2002

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As a long time Alaska Republican I have opposed those ideologues in the party who insist that one or two issues would be litmus tests of membership. They have hurt the party by basing their political decisions on faith instead of recognition of human nature.

So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Democratic candidate for governor, Fran Ulmer, should attempt to make the issue of whether a woman and her doctor should be the only ones to decide whether a fetus should be carried to term, into political fodder.

Perhaps she thinks it noble to appeal to the fears of those Alaskans who, despite the many means of contraception available today, still need to make it a public concern whether a woman should have the right to terminate a pregnancy.

Voters will finally decide in November whether the economic future of Alaska through responsible resource development, increased education opportunity, public employment with dignity, and keeping the capital in Juneau, are worthy reasons to vote for Republicans.

Pretending to be something different than what she is, with publicity shots firing a pistol and letters from former Republican Gov. Hammond, are not convincing campaign strategies given the Knowles-Ulmer legacy.

Generating hysteria on fringe issues to demonize political opponents in the mainstream, who have already done so much for Alaska, is despicable.

Donn Liston


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