Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has come out against party lines in the past, voting for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, among other initiatives supported by the Republican party. Today, she was the first Republican Senator to come out in support of continued funding for Planned Parenthood. Murkowski outlined her position in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).
“I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill,”
This letter summarized what she had sent in an earlier letter to one of her constituents:
“I do believe that Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with its funding cuts contained in the H.R. 1 package. From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. With these funds, Planned Parenthood has provided women throughout the U.S. with important family planning and contraceptive services as well as screening for breast and cervical cancers for low-income women.I believe it is important that Title X organizations continue to receive funding. In Alaska, this includes five centers — two health department clinics, two Planned Parenthood clinics in Sitka and Soldotna and one independent clinic.”
I guess we’ll see whether Murkowski is an outlier, or the mouthpiece that opens the door for other dissenting GOP voices. In the meantime, see how one woman imagines the world without Planned Parenthood here.
[via The Faster Times]