By MICHAEL TAVOLIERO, PATRICK MARTIN, AND RICHARD ‘CLAYTON’ TROTTER
At the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee meeting on March 13, 2021, the Republicans censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski and asked her to not run as a Republican again. The vote of party leaders was 53-17. That’s over 75% of the voting membership.
This Republican majority believed there were valid reasons for this censure.
The list of concerns had grown over Murkowski’s incumbency, but Alaska Republican Party leadership had resisted attempts to bring these to the floor for discussion.
In the beginning of 2022, Murkowski was one of only seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in the unprecedented and vacuous second impeachment. This fueled concerns over Alaska Republicans’ support of a continued Murkowski’s incumbency.
But, for me, in Alaska, Murkowski’s support of abortion is her largest albatross, and her greatest disconnect from the Alaskan conservative majority. Murkowski uses the spread of tyrannical federal power and control to usurp the sovereignty of our state to expand Alaska’s dependence on colonialism.
One of the most useful devices for Murkowski and other neo-tyrants for the maintenance of this power and control is the issue of abortion.
On June 24, 2022, Murkowski published this on her website, “Senator Murkowski supports women’s reproductive freedoms, including the right to an abortion up to fetal viability, which was established by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and believes in an individual’s liberty to make choices about their own health. Senator Murkowski believes those protections should be written into federal law and as a result, introduced the Reproductive Choice Act in February 2022. Her bill would codify the standards set in Roe and Casey and assure they continue to be the law of the land.”
The United States is the only country in the history of the world and humanity with politicians like Murkowski willingly working to codify the killing of unborn children all under the deception of “in the name of women’s rights.”
Keep in mind this same moral disconnect today denies women’s rights in sports, markets the sexualization and mutilation of young women and girls, and directly promotes the real and present staggering increase in violence, sexual assault, and rape against women this past decade.
The hypocrisy is deafening and the shouts of the murdered are unheard.
One of Murkowski’s main supporters is Planned Parenthood, whose Alaska branch is one of the main recipients of public funds used for abortion in Alaska.
Murkowski has remained an ardent and enthusiastic recipient of their money while promoting federal money access to this organization.
Murkowski sings the siren song of women’s equality to low-information voters while transferring the financial burden of their abortion expenses to you and me under this deceitful guise of “women’s reproductive healthcare.”
The issue of a “right to abortion” or “women’s reproductive healthcare” has nothing to do with men and women having the right to kill their babies. Innocent and defenseless babies are the sad and horrible collateral damage of a government which is indifferent to their rights. It is one of the main sources of fuel for the political engines bent on power and control.
The result is that Murkowski’s political influence has been hijacked by Planned Parenthood to maintain its abortion industry in Alaska.
Murkowski, a lawyer, believes abortion is a constitutional right, yet this alleged right is neither in the US Constitution nor the Alaska State Constitution.
With the overturning of Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, Supreme Court Justice Alito, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, points out abortion rights supporters “cannot show that a constitutional right to abortion has any foundation, let alone a ‘deeply rooted’ one, ‘in this Nation’s history and tradition.’” In this same case, Justice Clarence Thomas states, “there is no constitutional right to abortion.”
The Alaska Legislature legalized abortion up to viability in 1970. The Alaska Supreme Court invented the right to abortion in 1997 through its activist interpretation of the Alaska Constitution’s right to privacy clause. The court “created” the right to abortion, which they admitted to in their introduction to the opinion by stating that from time to time they take a broad view of their powers and that they “have a duty to develop additional constitutional rights and privileges…”.
Murkowski supports this mindset of absolving people of personal responsibility and killing unborn children as additional constitutional rights and privileges.
Proverbs 6:16-17 states that “God hates… hands that shed innocent blood”. Both the Bible (Psalm 139:12) and science confirm that life begins at conception. Our government must be compelled to protect innocent human life from conception to natural end of life.
Ironically, Murkowski, in her May 11, 2022, press release, made it clear that the states should not have the right to decide the abortion issue with her dedicated support for federal codification of Roe v. Wade.
Planned Parenthood claims to perform 97% of all abortions in the State, with nearly half of them paid for by Medicaid. In that May 2022 press release, Murkowski opposed using taxpayer money to pay for abortions, yet Medicaid continues to be the primary means of abortion funding in Alaska.
Using the Left’s grotesque and perverted ideology and political expediency, Murkowski advances the issue of a right to abortion, but is this issue about protecting women’s reproductive health care rights?
Recently, Murkowski’s campaign partner, Mary Peltola calls abortion “freedom.” Do Alaskans really see abortion as freedom? Being told by a centralized federal command, what Alaskans can do in their own state is not freedom, especially when you question Peltola’s campaign ads and Murkowski’s press releases. It is downright condescending colonialism.
While our government ignores the humanity and rights of children in the womb, Murkowski has leveraged their deaths to gain power and control while lying to her Alaskan constituents.
Murkowski has lied and deceived the Alaska public.
Moreover, since her goal is the continued colonization of Alaska and consolidation of power and authority at the federal level, her words and deeds are even more deceitful as she, our senior Alaskan Senator, is trying to further enslave us to the federal government on the backs of dead babies.
She believes the “right to abortion” must be federally codified. With this, she ignores Alaska’s state sovereignty. To Murkowski, Alaska really is a colony under the thumb of the federal government’s power and control.
As such, her goal is to benefit herself, and only herself, in the 2022 election by using this narrative to divide people.
Reject this narrative and reject Lisa Murkowski.
Michael Tavoliero is a senior writer at Must Read Alaska, Patrick Martin is Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life and Richard “Clayton” Trotter is General Counsel, The Justice Foundation.