On Nov. 2, Alaskans will elect our next U.S. Senator. The three major candidates differ on most of the issues. But only one is truly pro-choice and will steadfastly support the rights of all women to have accessible, affordable health care, including reproductive health care, and will not allow the government to interfere with a woman's right to make her own decision. That candidate is Scott McAdams.
We all know where Joe Miller stands on women's reproductive health - at least he's clear about one thing. He will roll back women's rights 40 years and have the federal government tell a woman she cannot terminate her pregnancy, even in the case of rape or incest. Do we really want to go back to the days of dangerous home remedies and back-alley abortions?
Lisa Murkowski's position is less clear, but in no way pro-choice. She helped raise money and voted in the primary for Proposition 2, which puts government between a young woman and her reproductive rights by mandating parental notification, and forcing disclosure of intimate decisions about their bodies, even in the case of rape and incest. That is not a pro-choice position. Murkowski also voted for the Federal Refusal Clause, which allows health professionals to withhold reproductive health information and opens the door for doctors and hospitals to refuse family planning counseling or pregnancy termination out of fear of losing federal funding. There is more, and none of it is pro-choice. To see her voting record on women's issues, please go to www.LisaVotes.com.
McAdams is the only candidate who is 100 percent pro-choice. He will fight against politicians who try to undermine a woman's legal right to safe reproductive health care. He will ensure that women have access to all necessary health care services, including reproductive health. He will fight against unrealistic abstinence-only programs in our schools, which fail to provide students adequate sex education. He will support realistic programs, based on sound science, that offer students unbiased information on the effectiveness and use of contraceptives, as well as enforcing the important message to resist peer pressure and to make responsible decisions. These are all pro-choice positions.
Alaskans, this is completely clear. If you believe we must elect a senator who will fight to maintain a woman's legal right to the full range of health services, please make the informed choice. Vote for McAdams on Nov. 2.