With the fight over the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, attention is turning to state races that could play key roles in responding to the potential conservative swing for the court.
Gubernatorial candidates Mark Begich, Mike Dunleavy and Mead Treadwell have sounded off on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the court, painting opposing stances between the race’s lone Democrat and leading Republicans.
The one candidate to not yet jump into the fray is independent Gov. Bill Walker.
While Republicans Dunleavy and Treadwell praised the nomination of Kavanaugh–whose nomination many see as a serious opening to overturning Roe v. Wade and undoing the Affordable Care Act among many other issues–Begich warned his confirmation raises “concern over the future of civil rights and liberties.”
“Understandably, there has been particular concern about women’s rights and the future of Roe v. Wade. Let me be clear. Governors will become the last line of defense to protect women against these extremist attacks,” he wrote on a Facebook post. “I will always protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Here in Alaska, we value our personal privacy and do not want the government intervening in our personal decisions – including health care.
Begich went on to reference the 1970 Alaska law that legalized abortion in Alaska, three years before the decision was reached in Roe v. Wade. Begich has a track record of supporting abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, making him the only candidate for governor to have openly expressed support for abortion rights.
“As Governor, I will fight every day–as I always have–to uphold civil rights and liberties for all Alaskans including a woman’s fundamental right to make her own health care decisions,” he wrote.