Jan. 28, 2009
What's up in Alaska? Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted with President Obama to overturn the Mexico City Policy which, according to World Magazine, "prohibits grantees in receipt of U.S. funding from performing abortions, lobbying to legalize abortion, or promoting abortion as a family-planning method." (See also, our Tom McClusky's description of the policy below - in the blog on 1/23/09.) That places her in the company of liberal Republicans Arlen Specter, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe as the only Republicans to vote with the Democrats. Alaska's new senator, Mark Begich, voted to fund overseas abortion providers as well.
I wonder whether Sarah Palin would have made it a trio ?? The GOP Platform on which Palin ran for President with John McCain stated:
"We strongly support the long-held policy of the Republican Party known as the 'Mexico City policy,' which prohibits federal monies from being given to non-governmental organizations that provide abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other countries. We reject any treaty or agreement that would violate those values."
Perhaps, I am wrong, but I never heard Palin stating an objection to the platform on this point.