August 3, 2015

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Murkowski Abandons Alaska Women

ANCHORAGE: After being quiet leading up to today’s vote on Planned Parenthood funding, Senator Lisa Murkowski voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Alaska’s junior Senator Dan Sullivan also voted to strip the organization’s funding.

In 2012 Murkowski 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.

“It’s a sad day. Senator Murkowski has proven that she puts politics ahead of principle,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party. “We might not always agree, but like many Alaska women I wanted to believe that Senator Murkowski would stand by her apology and commitment to women after her devastating mistake on the Blunt amendment. Unfortunately, today we were all let down.”