September 22, 2015

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After massive backlash from her vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Murkowski was a no show on 20-week abortion ban bill

 ANCHORAGE: Today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was a no show on anti-choice legislation that was fast tracked by her party. Amidst massive backlash that resulted from her recent vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Murkowski had been silent leading up to the vote today.

The anti-choice group Susan B Anthony List ran television ads pressuring Murkowski to support the 20-week ban. With her no show, the anti-choice organization succeeded in pressuring Murkowski.

“It was sad to see Alaska’s senior Senator cave to hyper rightwing interests and fail to stand up for women’s rights,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

“First it was her vote on the Blunt Amendment, then it was her vote to defund Planned Parenthood, and now it’s her failure to stand for a woman’s right to choose. Once again Murkowski has let Alaska women down.”