Today, the highest court in the land struck down Roe v. Wade, stripping millions of women of their fundamental right to privacy and denying them autonomy over their own bodies.
Alarmingly, in a concurring opinion with the Supreme Court’s Friday ruling to overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas said the court should reconsider rulings that protect access to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court’s order is the culmination of a 40 year slow-rolling anti-choice conservative coup that craftily installed pro-forced birth federal judges into lifetime appointments while Republican state-controlled legislatures worked methodically to suppress votes and gerrymander districts as an effort to remain in power and see their dark plan fulfilled.
With Roe v. Wade overturned, Republicans are already taking steps to make abortion illegal. At the federal level, Republicans like Mitch McConnell have said that a federal abortion ban is on the table, which would put the right to choose at risk even in states that have abortion protections right now. In states across the country, MAGA Republican governors and state legislatures have already passed laws that would outlaw abortion, threaten doctors with prison time, and put women’s lives at risk.
While, for now, a woman’s right to choose remains protected in the state of Alaska, extremist Christian fundamentalists and radical MAGA Republicans seek an unnecessary, expensive and dangerous constitutional convention that would open up the entire state constitution for revisions on issues ranging from abortion, to guns, climate change, environmental regulations, gay marriage, and the PFD.
The constitutional convention question must be defeated by voters at the ballot box this November.
The Alaska Democratic Party stands with the only true pro-choice ticket for Alaska Governor and Lt. Governor Les Gara and Jessica Cook, the only pro-choice candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Mary Peltola, the only pro-choice candidate for U.S. Senate Pat Chesbro and the more than 30 Democratic and Progressive candidates running in this year’s election cycle who celebrate the fundamental rights of women to make health care decisions for themselves.
Get engaged, get involved and vote like your life depends on it, because it does.