Former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker made the transformation from pro-life Christian to pro-choice politician while he was governor from 2015 to 2018. Heavily influenced by his Democrat handlers and staff, he’d previously favored sparing the life of babies, a position he abandoned in efforts to get reelected by Democrats in 2018.
Between 2010 and today, Walker has backtracked from life and liberty protections for the unborn. He went from hosting a “parental consent” bill fundraiser in his own home to becoming the “I am the defender of all women’s bodies” candidate for governor. In 2010, Walker and Mead Treadwell were battling to be the Number 1 donors for the parental consent bill.
Now, he is running on a pro-death platform that conflates a Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v Wade with the Alaska Constitution. About the leaked draft decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the overturn of the Roe v. Wade abortion law, Walker wasted no time in saying that the Supreme Court decision overrides the Alaska Constitution.
Indeed, Walker, a lawyer licensed by the Alaska Bar Association to practice in Alaska, believes a draft decision overrides Alaska’s Constitution.
“Today’s announcement is an attack on the privacy rights preserved in Alaska’s Constitution,” Walker wrote on Twitter.
In reality, the draft Supreme Court decision leaves the matter to the states, and Alaska is a pro-abortion state with a pro-privacy Constitution and a deeply pro-abortion Supreme Court.
But Walker went on: “Whatever our personal beliefs, they do not supresede our founding legal document. When I take an oath to be Alaska’s next governor, I will swap to protect our state’s Constitution … which ensures that Alaskan women have the right to make decisions that impact their own health without interference from politicians. That’s why I acted on my own to expand access to Medicaid, which provided tens of thousands of Alaskan women with health insurance and access to contraceptives.”
Then he called abortion a partisan issue that extremists are using: “If any legislation threatens to curb the right to privacy, I will veto it. The pending action of the U.S. Supreme Court also highlights the importance that we band together as Alaskans and defeat the effort by partisan extremists to shred our Constitution.”
Walker, like President Joe Biden, is looking for a toehold for the upcoming midterm elections, where Democrats are already performing poorly. They are hoping that abortion will be the fire that ignites their base and that the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse what is now seen to be a red wave in the election cycle.
Biden also framed it as an election issue: “At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe,which I will work to pass and sign into law.”