FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/26/2014
ANCHORAGE – Thursday night’s Republican primary debate reminded Alaska women of the dangerous anti-women stances of Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller, who each believe government should make health care decisions for Alaska women.
Mark Begich is the only candidate who believes women deserve equal pay for equal work and should have the ability to make their own decisions about their health care. All three Republican candiidates have established themselves as anti-choice and believe a woman’s boss should have a say in her access to birth control.
“Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller are telling Alaska women they believe government should make their decisions for them when it comes to health care, which amounts to a complete invasion of privacy ,” said Susanne Fleek-Green, campaign manager for Alaskans for Begich.
Sullivan, Treadwell and Miller have all voiced their opposition to a woman’s right to choose and their support of the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, which would allow bosses to cancel doctor’s visits for women’s coverage of reproductive health care. The three candidates are also opposed to employer coverage of reproductive services like birth control which could cost Alaska women hundreds of dollars a month.
With the Supreme Court poised to make a decision on the Hobby Lobby case in the next few days, Alaska women face the real threat of paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket every year for access to contraception at the discretion of the government and their employers.