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Why did Murkowski skip ‘born alive’ bill vote?

This week, Sen. Lisa Murkowski skipped an important vote on the Senate floor on a bill that made the front page of every newspaper in America.

The Born Alive bill, sponsored by Sens. Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey was simple: If a baby is delivered alive during an abortion, it is entitled to protection like any other human. Doctors who failed to provide the newborn support after a botched abortion would face charges.

Three Democrat senators — Bob Casey,  Doug Jones, and Joe Manchin — voted in favor of the bill, which failed 53 to 44. It needed 60 votes to pass.

Although Murkowski’s vote would not have changed the outcome, she was absent for the vote on infanticide, a vote that could have shored up her conservative credentials.

Murkowski, long struggling as a Catholic with her feelings about abortion and women’s right to choose, was tending to personal family matters, her staff said.

The vote occurred on the heels of a Marist Poll, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, that shows Americans are less supportive of liberal abortion laws. Three in four Americans say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

“This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), independents (78 percent) and Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as pro-choice,” the group said.

“There has been a significant increase in the proportion of Americans who see themselves as pro-life and an equally notable decline in those who describe themselves as pro-choice,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of Marist Polling.

All six Democrat senators who are running for president in 2020 voted against the bill: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand and Indie-Democrat Bernie Sanders.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • She always looks like she feels unclean when she pretends she is a Republican.

    Thanks Frank! The assumption was that you would still be a US Senator – and have unmatched seniority in an seniority based club. But you decided to pervert the system, appoint your daughter – because she was the most qualified – even though, next to Tom Obermeyer, probably failed the Alaska bar exam more than anyone else.

    The Murkowski name should associated with opportunity squandered – never on anything of honor in Alaska.

  • Lets hope she will NOT be running for president, she is reportedly a catholic, yet votes against ALL bills dealing with right to life, she would probably have had 2 abortions if it were legal when she was younger! After voting for her, there is NO CHANCE IN HELL SHE WOULD GET A VOTE FROM ME OR ANY OF MY FAMILY IN THE FUTURE!!! She is very fortunate that her parents didn’t have the ability to abort her. Karma is coming, along with her choices. God will take care of her, and she had best retire, as Feinstein can’t always protect her!!!

  • I sense a bit of BS with Murkowski on this issue. We all know how she feels about Planned Parenthood.

  • Alaska’s Senior Senator apparently can’t decide if infanticide is right or wrong. Voting for the measure would run counter to her masters at Planned Parenthood. Voting against the measure would come back to haunt her in 2022. She chose the politician’s way out: Do nothing and hope the voters don’t remember.

  • Personal family matters?! Not likely.

  • I BLAME THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR ALLOWING HER TO CLAIM ITS NAME, HER AND MANY OTHER IN GOVT ARE NOTHING MORE THAN ABUSERS OF HUMANITY. SOULLESS BABY KILLERS.

    • It’s not just Lisa Murkowski. As I’ve referred to previously, Cal Williams has been my friend for 35 years or better. He’s been an active Democrat since the 1960s. He’s also a Catholic who abides by principals grounded in his faith. For standing on those principles, his party threw him under the bus in 2012 over abortion issues. As a consequence, we now have Geran Tarr to deal with. In Fairbanks, I’ve had conversations with people who have singled out Valerie Therrien, asking how she can reconcile being Catholic and pro-abortion and how fellow Catholics can justify calling her one of their own.

  • I won’t often weigh in on these matters, since there seldom is any middle ground…but if a baby is alive and breathing how is it possible that we cannot all agree that it is alive and breathing and should not be killed?

    How is it possible that what the governor of Virginia was or wasn’t wearing in the 70’s is more important than the fact that he said he was ok with infanticide?

    Is this really the modern Democratic party?

  • SHAMEFUL! Lost my vote quite a while ago! You need to revisit the good book, you have lost your way. It’s time for you to step out of the political arena…past due.

  • With 53 “yes” votes this issue will come up again and under circumstances which will require Senator Murkowski to vote. I hope she is thinking about thst.

  • She is a Democrat and a liberal one at that. One of the biggest mistakes I have made was voting for this woman.

  • This bill is a rehash of legislation that is already on the books “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002.” You guys must need a new outrage to distract yourselves. The “less government intervention” folks tend to think the worst of people. I am quite familiar with families who have had D&C’s after finding that the fetus was severely deformed/ not viable out of the womb. It could have come to term and been delivered and died after suffering though all that. No one makes that kind of decision lightly, it is a horrible situation and you small government advocates wanting to interject yourselves into others’ decisions and judge them, seriously, step off.

    • For sure Mark. Let’s kill babies twice! A new outrage to distract ourselves? Do you find the killing of children a ‘distraction’? Murdering children isn’t “others decisions”. Ok, you will argue the “keep your laws off my body” bit, and “the baby” is part of the woman, therefore, she has a right to kill said baby while it is in her body. But, when said baby is now outside of her body, that little “distraction” now belongs to?????? At what age do any of us need to be outside of our mother’s wombs and then be killed, for anyone to care? Who gets to make the decision to kill me right now? My mother?

      • OK, so I guess you are up for paying PP for contraception free of charge available everywhere? In any case, women will choose abortion, as they always have in the past. And they shouldn’t be put in jail for it- many go on to bear other children. And some, to be honest should maybe be paid to get sterilized. But, it all seems like a bother, doesn’t it? I’d rather keep the government (& you & me) out of it. I will endure your right to spend the rest of your life protesting it. Just make sure you are talking to the women involved. Maybe you can save a life; this one’s ended.

        • Nope. I don’t want to pay for anyone’s contraception or abortions either. Did anyone ever think about, lets say, actually having the baby? And if they found that baby so unwanted, so distracting and inconvenient, there are millions of singles and couples across the nation desperately seeking a child to love. Now that would be a beautiful thing. That would be a life saved.

  • 2022 Remember Murkowski the RINO. think about every time she has sided with the far left against Trump. Murkowski MUST GO!

  • WHO is Lisa Murkowski ??? WHY does she HATE the unborn ??? WHY does she HATE Present TRUMP & MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ??? WHY she wont vote to protect OUR boaders ??? ALASKANS MUST ask LISA WHO do support??? she does not support most Alaskans or THE U.S. CONSTUTON why ??? Charlie Stout over 60 years ALASKAN 3/2/2019.

  • No vote right, Daddy called her home!

  • People voted this Demoncrat because of their LOVE OF MONEY! She wouldn’t be there if so called “Alaska Conservatives” hadn’t of been afraid of losing Federal Largesse! The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil. Praise the Lord I never voted for this Demon in High Heels!

    • No, it had more to do with Democrats voting for her in the general election to keep the GOP candidate Joe Miller from winning. The Democrats had a total zero as their candidate that year, and as you can see, Lisa Murkowski is a lot better for liberals than Joe Miller would have been.

  • This is really simple. Planned Parenthood owns Lisa. She was given cover to skip the vote because it would not have impacted the outcome. This is simple political economics.

  • Fact is, Lisa is a liberal, no way around it. She is a rino. Alaska is a conservative state; the deception is that she only became a republican to win votes. She stayed out of this of issue because she supports infanticide and know that if she voted against, born alive, it would be her undoing. When it matters most she does not have a spine to stand up with those who put her in office. I’m disgusted by her. My wife emailed lisa during the Brett Kavanaugh accusations and she responded to my wife, saying that if she were to vote, it would of been a “no” to confirm because his temperament and the way he conducted himself showed that he was not fit for the job. This worthless waste of space of a women thinks with her feelings and not facts. Lisa did not return my emails during the Kavanaugh accusation. She needs to go!

    • I emailed Lisa and received the same canned response as your wife did. Here is a couple paragraph snippet from the Murkowski letter: “After Judge Kavanaugh’s performance – and specifically his display of partisanship – before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018, I determined that he did not meet the high standard of independence we should all expect of a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. I then made the very difficult decision to vote “no” on his confirmation.
      My hope is that Justice Kavanaugh proves me wrong, and that he demonstrates the temperament and apolitical disposition that we expect of every Supreme Court Justice. The court needs that and so does the country. You may be aware that on the final tally my vote is recorded as present. I did this as a courtesy to my friend and colleague Steve Daines of Montana so that he could be present at his daughter’s wedding. This is consistent with a longstanding Senate parliamentary tradition called “pairing” which promotes civility and collegiality in the body. My present vote did not affect the outcome of the final vote.”
      .
      What a total cop-out.

  • Well, that’s Lisa. She has not replied to my email to her re the Border issue nor about this no show. But I got the same endless e-mail response as the Palmer Resident’s wife on the Kavanaugh issue. Her constant “concern” and worry about the “process” are getting to be ridiculous excuses. She is a goner in my book. Just hope the Ak Republicans can come up with a good prospect for the next primary, someone along the lines of Sen. Sullivan. This may force her to go independent again or join the side she should be on. It is truly astonishing that she cannot support our President after Ak voted for him overwhelmingly and all he has done us in just two years. What a weasel!

  • “was tending to personal family matters, her staff said.” Pardon me the incredulity Senator but horse something!

  • No surprise here. Murkowski’s constituencies ARE NOT the state of Alaska or Alaska residents. Her loyalty is to her senate seat position, and those that support her financially.

    A few most recent, significant Murkowski votes:
    > Murkowski voted against Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal (although she stated she was opposed to the ACA) – the repeal of the ACA was opposed by newly enrolled 42,000 medicaid patients (voting block).
    > Murkowski voted against Betsy’s Devos’ Trump’s Education Secretary cabinet appointment – an appointment opposed (voting block) by ALL teachers unions, even though US inner city schools have been failing for decades under Democratic oversight, and education is the #1 proximal cause of urban poverty, homelessness, urban outmigration and extreme violence.
    > Murkowski voted against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court with a cowardly “Present” vote – the nomination was opposed by Planned Parenthood and liberal Feminist Activists (voting blocks).
    > Murkowski voted FOR infanticide by missing the vote on a Senate Amendment making it illegal to kill a living baby, post-partum, after a failed abortion (opposed supporting voting block, Planned Parenthood). Yep, this church-going supposedly devout catholic was DELIBERATELY ABSENT from a vote outlawing infanticide. What a despicable fake and hypocrite.
    > Murkowski fails to support President Trump, protecting the sovereignty of our border in building a wall on the southern border. Her opposition to border security supports illegal aliens entering the US, illegal sex trafficking, illegal smuggling of large amounts of drugs, and the illegal entry of violent gang members. Passive/aggressive – Murkowski, behind the scenes, relays the same tired old lies of the left on President Trump’s shortcomings, while failing her true constituents!

    And Senator Murkowski has zero loyalty to President Trump or other Republicans; this after President Trump signed into law a bill opening ANWAR for oil development, which Murkowski claims she has supported for decades (knowing it wouldn’t pass until Trump was elected). She is disloyal to her “team” as well as Alaska residents!

    Two Sidebars:
    1.) Lisa Murkowski’s Yearly Net Worth:
    > Year Average Net Worth – *2004 = $627,786
    *2012 = $762,520
    > Murkowski’s Wealth Growth from 2004 to 2012 = 21%.
    > Average US Senator’s Wealth Growth between 2004 and 2012 = 15%.
    Murkowski’s wealth increased by 6% over the rest of the US Senate average wealth during same time period.
    > Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94% between 2004 and 2012.
    2.) According to the website GovTrack, Murkowski missed 199 of 4,085 roll call votes from January 2003 to September 2015. This amounts to 4.9 percent, which is worse than the median of 1.6 percent among current senators as of September 2015.

    The facts are lining up that Senator Murkowski is an opportunistic, self-centric, hypocritical politician, and darling of the left – the worst sort – accountable only to herself and her well-heeled, financial special interests!

    Hello – compensation(?) with no, or minimal representation for average Alaska residents……..? Folks, that would be us.

    Larry Holmes
    Girdwood, Alaska

  • Come on Lisa be true to yourself you ducked out on the last two important votes. Excuse me , If you believe in infanticide then vote for the murder of infants and don’t say you have business in Ak. Our taxes go to pay your salary, do you job. We the People expect you are going to represent the party you ran for . No more Republican votes for this lady. Regarding Infanticide, Mother Theresa said: A nation that kills its children has no soul. go figure. When I see Lisa call herself Catholic and Republican it makes my stomach churn.

    • Well said!!

  • Her no vote proves she is not qualified to vote on anything.

    Waste of the space she holds. No more Lisa for Alaska, she was never here for us!

  • Help is on the way! This rat, Lisa Murkowski, will have her hands full when State Senate President Cathy Giessel challenges her in 2022. Lisa, who is dumber than her dad, Frank, has a room temperature IQ. Soon, Lisa can join her house husband for extended vacations to their Mexican vacation home. DUMP LISA IN 2022!

  • It won’t be Giessel. Based on nothing but a hunch, I am betting that your next US Senator will be Natasha Von Imhof.

    • Sean Parnell had a good chance of beating Don Young, except for the fact that he half-heartedly campaigned like he was out there solely to avenge his father’s loss in 1980 or some such thing. If Natasha were to run, I would hope we wouldn’t see a repeat, namely running to avenge her grandfather’s loss in 1968.

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