June 27, 2022

A Woman’s Right To Choose: Government Should Never Interfere With A Woman’s Private Health Decisions

A Woman’s Right To Choose: Government Should Never Interfere With A Woman’s Private Health Decisions

Les is pro-choice, and is also the only pro-choice candidate for governor. As a legislator, Les Gara has always supported a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions and always will. Gara’s main opponents have used their attorneys general, during their respective terms as governor, to sue to roll back a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

State law will become the crucial line to protect women’s choice, likely very soon based on recent U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade’s protection of women’s choice under federal law. Les will work to make sure women retain their right to choose in Alaska. He will screen court appointments for their beliefs in upholding Alaska caselaw supporting a woman’s right to choose.

With the wrong Governor, future Alaska court appointments can overturn Alaska’s court precedent protecting the right to choose. That’s what’s happening at the U.S Supreme Court. Anti-choice federal judicial appointments have created a U.S. Supreme Court majority that’s drafted a ruling saying women no longer have a constitutional right to choose. The draft ruling overrules Roe v. Wade and precedent stating choice was covered by, among other protections, the federal right to privacy.   

Les Gara will not allow the Legislature or our Attorney General to roll back these rights, in contrast to his opponents. Governor Dunleavy has sued to uphold a Texas law nearly banning all abortions. Governor Walker, who like Dunleavy defines himself as “pro-life”, sued to roll back Medicaid coverage of abortions for low income women. While he promised he’d discard his personal values against abortion in 2014, and veto anti-choice legislation, he later conceded he couldn’t honor that promise and retracted it based on his personal pro-life beliefs. If you believe in the right to choose, you don’t need to roll the dice with a governors candidate who doesn’t share that belief.

Les and Jessica both believe women have a right to privacy and a right to make their own health care decisions. 

Additionally, Les Gara disagreed with both of his main opponents when they passed extreme legislation allowing politicians to interfere with the ability of schools to teach safe sex education. He sided with women’s rights and pro-choice groups. That 2016 law, HB 156, was written by Governor Mike Dunleavy, and enacted without a veto by then-Governor Walker. Les voted and fought against HB 156. Allowing politicians to interfere with curriculum on avoiding unwanted pregnancies is wrong, and harms young women and girls.

It is past time for insurance companies to provide long-term birth control prescriptions so women don’t have to keep going back to their pharmacist every few months to obtain the birth control they choose and need.

Les will protect a woman’s right to safe birth control and contraception, no matter what extremist politicians and U.S. Supreme Court Justices do.