If there was any doubt before, there’s little now that Sen. Mark Begich is going to make women’s issues a big part of his campaign. Today and tomorrow, Begich will be hosting Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, for various events. (The press release is below.)
Numbers to keep in mind: About 257,000 men were registered to vote in Alaska’s 2012 general election. Only 147,588 voted. In that same election, about 248,000 women were registered to vote and 152,075 did so. In other words, women vote at a greater percentage than do men.
The majority of Alaskans are said to be at least nominally pro-choice. However, as evidenced by the make up of the Legislature, choice issues haven’t been a main general-election vote-driver in the state. But now, with the Hobby Lobby case and a more conservative Supreme Court, the issue will likely resonate more with women and pro-choice men than it did in the past.
Here’s the release and details of Richards’ visit:
Mark Begich is pleased to welcome Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, to Alaska where she will join Begich at several events open to media to discuss the importance of keeping government and bosses out of women’s health care decisions, women’s privacy, and access to birth control and basic health care in Alaska.
Richards and Begich will hold a town hall with young women at the University of Alaska Anchorage TODAY, followed by a small business owners roundtable and media availability on TUESDAY.
Cecile Richards is a national leader on women’s rights and health care issues. At Planned Parenthood she has successfully championed expanded health care coverage, basic reproductive services and access to birth control for women, among other issues.
Begich is the only candidate in Alaska’s Senate race who has proven himself to be an ally of Alaska women. Begich opposes the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and cosponsored a bill to have the decision overturned. He believes that women have the right to make their own medical decisions and that the government has no right to come between a woman and her doctor.
Monday, August 11, 2014 – Anchorage
Young Women’s Town Hall at UAA
TIME: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
WHERE: UAA Student Union South Cafe
2921 Spirit Way
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – Anchorage
Small Business Owners Roundtable
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Spenard Roadhouse
1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd.