Letters to the Editor

Letter: Women’s rights

Nationwide polls indicate that most Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status support a woman’s right to choose and make her own health care decisions. Bill Walker has a record of undermining those rights. In his term as governor, he promised that even though he was anti-­choice, he would not interfere with women’s rights on those issues. However, once in office, his administration supported anti-abortion policies — including suing to restrict women’s access to health care. Why should we trust him now?

Out of 10 men running for governor, there is only one who has a strong record of standing up for the right to reproductive health care, only one who has been consistently pro-choice, and that is Les Gara. We can trust Les. He is also the only candidate for governor who stood with the majority of Alaskans, and sponsored equal rights legislation to provide our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and neighbors with the equal rights to marriage, employment, housing and the pursuit of happiness. We can trust Les Gara.

Our world has changed dramatically since the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. We need a Governor we can count on to consistently support equal rights and fight to protect all Alaskans. Les Gara and his running mate Jessica Cook are the only candidates we can trust. We can count on them.

In August, we vote for one candidate in the governor’s race. As members of Alaska March On, which fights for women’s rights and equality, we are voting for Les Gara and Jessica Cook because their records match their message. They’ll get our vote on Aug. 16, and when ranking occurs in November, they’ll get our first-place vote. If you care about choice, reproductive health care and equal rights for all Alaskans, they’ve earned your vote too.

— Diane DiSanto and Susan Soule


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