As we look back on another Independence Day and our nation's adoption of its Declaration of Independence, I am forced to consider its application to current challenges — specifically in regards to the Supreme Court justice nomination and the potential threat to individual rights.
The Declaration of Independence states that "Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," yet this foundational rule is amiss in our current politics. President Donald Trump stated his intent to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade in his 2016 presidential campaign. Meanwhile, polling from the Pew Research Center and Gallup show majority support for abortion rights. Our individual freedoms should ensure that the government never be allowed to predetermine our personal medical decisions — something that, in any other context, we all agree on.
Fortunately, Alaskans have one of the few moderate legislators who has repeatedly demonstrated that she stands for all Alaskans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has listened to her constituents, protecting access to health care and individual rights even when it went against party lines. Hopefully she will continue to stand for our individual rights and reject any Supreme Court nominee who opposes Roe v. Wade.
— Hope Meyn
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