After a series of highly misleading and edited videos were released from an extreme right-wing organization, Senate Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell is set to allow a vote on Planned Parenthood funding
ANCHORAGE: The Hill reports that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has filed cloture for a vote on Planned Parenthood funding for Monday.
Earlier this week, State Senator Mike Dunleavy, who is a rumored primary challenger to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, held an anti women’s health rally. Dunleavy announced at the rally that Sen. Dan Sullivan supported defunding Planned Parenthood.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Lisa Murkowski hasn’t had time to think about the Planned Parenthood bill.
In 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood performed over 300,000 Pap tests, 500,000 breast exams, and conducted 4.5 million STI tests. Defunding Planned Parenthood would be detrimental for Alaskans.
The last major bill on women’s health, Murkowski sided with extreme partisan interests and voted for the Blunt amendment. The Blunt amendment restricted access to birth control under the guise of religious freedom. After Murkowski’s vote, the backlash from Alaska women was so severe, that she eventually told the ADN that she regretted her vote.
Murkowski has moved to rebuild trust among Alaska women. Monday’s Planned Parenthood vote will be the first major test of her commitment to women’s health since the Blunt amendment.
“A lot of Alaska women will be watching Murkowski’s vote on Monday,” said Kay Brown, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party. “Her vote will be a litmus test for the type of campaign Murkowski will run in 2016. Will she stand up for women and do the right thing, or vote to appease a Republican base that abandoned her in 2010?”