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Planned Parenthood Votes Launches Online Radio Ads in Alaska:
Dan Sullivan Will Intrude on Alaska Women’s Privacy if Elected to US Senate
Anchorage, AK — Planned Parenthood Votes announced today a $25,000 Pandora radio ad buy going up in Alaska this week. The ad, part of the Women are Watching campaign, highlights Alaska Senate candidate and Ohio native Dan Sullivan’s dangerous policy positions on women’s health. The narrator says, “Sullivan wants the government to control what Alaska women do with their bodies,” and highlights that Dan Sullivan wants to ban nearly all abortion, and that he supports the deeply unpopular Supreme Court decision giving bosses at corporations like Hobby Lobby the legal right to deny their employees access to affordable birth control. Mark Begich, a strong advocate for women’s health and rights, is ahead with women voters by an 11 point gender gap, according to a recent poll.
You can listen to the Pandora ad here: http://womenarewatching.org/sites/default/files/10-3-14-dan-sullivan-alaska-ad.mp3
Planned Parenthood advocacy and political groups have also launched a direct voter communication program including door to door canvassing and phone calls to reach voters in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau — the largest voter contact program Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations have ever run in the state. A series of direct mail will be distributed statewide at the end of October. You can view Planned Parenthood Votes’ first wave of digital ads on Dan Sullivan’s record here and here.
“Dan Sullivan’s positions are deeply unpopular with women and we can expect him to follow the lead of other candidates who have gone to great lengths to duck, dodge and deny their records. Our message is clear: women are watching and they won’t be fooled. Women’s health is not an abstract concept created in a conference room in Washington, DC. It’s a reality for women in their daily lives. That’s what makes Dan Sullivan’s positions so disturbing and why we’re not going to let him off the hook,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president, Planned Parenthood Votes.
“We can’t complain about the state of things unless we get out to vote — and vote in support of the candidates that will stand up to advocate for women and families. When Alaskans stop and think about it, they know that Mark Begich is an unwavering supporter of Alaskan values and of a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions. He recognizes that the people of Alaska want to elect leaders who will create jobs and strengthen the economy, not allow government intrusion into a woman’s personal and private health care decisions. Women are half the population — we are a key part of the economy. Dan Sullivan will not be able to move our country forward while sending women back decades,” said Jessica Cler, Alaska public affairs manager at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
The Pandora Script Reads:
Wish you could skip this ad?
Don’t like the intrusion?
I get it.
But now you know how Alaska women will feel if Dan Sullivan is elected to the U.S. Senate.
Sullivan wants the government to control what Alaska women do with their bodies.
He wants to ban nearly all abortions and let bosses decide whether we have access to affordable birth control.
This ad’s intrusion is just 30 seconds. Sullivan’s could last 6 years.
Stop the intrusions. Stop Dan Sullivan.
A recent poll confirmed that Dan Sullivan’s positions on birth control are out of touch:
- 68% of women voters say that elected leaders that support the Hobby Lobby ruling are out of touch with them and the everyday lives of women.
- 71% of women voters say elected leaders that support the Hobby Lobby ruling are focused on the wrong issues and priorities.
- 57% of women voters say they would be more likely to support a candidate who opposes allowing employers to refuse to cover birth control.
There is a clear contrast between U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan when it comes to women’s health and rights.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Mark Begich in his bid for U.S. Senate. He is a steadfast supporter of women’s health and rights and has the record to prove it. See his 100 percent voting record on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund scorecard here. You can learn more about the candidates’ positions on the Women are Watching pages here and here and a faceoff comparing the candidates here.
Dan Sullivan: Out of Touch with Alaska Women and Families
Thinks bosses and politicians should decide whether you get access to affordable birth control: Dan Sullivan has said that he thought the deeply unpopular Hobby Lobby lawsuit which gives bosses the legal right to deny women access to no-copay birth control was “great,” which is not what a majority of women voters think. Sixty-eight percent of women voters say that politicians who support the Hobby Lobby decision are out of touch with them and their everyday lives. [Tom Anderson Show, 1/7/14; Hart Research Associates,7/25/14;Alaska Family Action Candidate Survey]
Would deny Alaska women and families access to Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services: Dan Sullivan said that he would support legislation that would cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, blocking access to the preventive services health centers provide to women, men and young people, including lifesaving cancer screenings, STI testing and birth control. According to the Guttmacher Institute, for every dollar spent on family planning, nearly $6 in public money is saved. Seventy-nine percent of Planned Parenthood patients live with incomes of 150 percent of the federal poverty level or less, the equivalent of $34,575 a year for a family of four in 2012. [Alaska Family Action Candidate Survey; Guttmacher Institute,August 2014]
Wants to go back to the days when insurance companies could charge women more for health care coverage: Sullivan wants to go back to the days when insurance companies could once again charge women more for their coverage and classify pregnancy as a “pre-existing condition.” He was a lead attorney general in an effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act and has said that he supports a repeal of the federal health care law. [Alaska Family Action Candidate Survey; Alaska Dispatch News,4/20/10]
Would impose his extreme beliefs about abortion on women and their families: Dan Sullivan wants to ban abortion with no exceptions for the health of a woman. When Sullivan was attorney general, he approved an effort to put a dangerous and extreme “personhood” initiative on the Alaska ballot and said it could move forward. If enacted, the measure could interfere with personal, private medical decisions about birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion. Sullivan refuses to give a clear position on where he stands on the Life at Conception Act, federal legislation that would do the same thing. [Alaska Dispatch News,8/4/14; Associated Press,12/26/12]
Is against raising minimum wage, which would help reduce poverty among women and families struggling to make ends meet: Dan Sullivan does not believe that the current minimum wage should be raised, despite overwhelming support among Alaskans for a minimum wage increase. Polling finds that 67 percent of Alaskan voters support raising the minimum wage, which will appear on the ballot in November. Raising the minimum wage would benefit almost 4.8 million working mothers, helping to pull many families out of poverty. Increasing the minimum wage is also a key step toward closing the gender wage gap. In Alaska, women make nearly $15,000 less annually, compared to their male counterparts. [Associated Press,1/18/14; Public Policy Polling,5/14/14; National Women's Law Center,3/28/14; National Partnership for Women and Families,April 2014]
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Planned Parenthood Votes is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest (PPVNW) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization educating Alaskans and policy-makers about reproductive health issues. PPVNW lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood’s mission and also engages in limited electoral activities