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Tony Knowles on Abortion

2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)


Support woman’s decision in cases of rape

The candidates were pressed on their stances on abortion and were even asked what they would do if their own daughters were raped and became pregnant.

Palin said she would support abortion only if the mother’s life was in danger. When it came to her daughter, she said, “I would choose life.”

Knowles, responding to the scenario involving his daughter, said he would counsel her and talk to her, but it would be her decision. “I would love her and support her no matter what decision she made,” he said

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate , Nov 3, 2006

Abortion is “absolutely” a privacy issue

What about the social issues that Alaskans, especially the party faithful who often decide primary elections, may find important? Here’s what Tony Knowles has to say about abortion.

Knowles supports abortion rights and said abortion is “absolutely” a privacy issue. Government should not stand between a woman and her doctor, he said.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, “Little Play,” by Kyle Hopkins , Aug 6, 2006

Pro-Choice and Pro-Family

Knowles is pro-choice and pro-family. He believes that the government has no place between a woman and her doctor. As Governor, Knowles fought to protect that right for women by vetoing anti-choice bills, and expanding women’s health services and education about reproductive choice. Knowles has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, TonyKnowles.com , Jun 30, 2004

Supports stem cell research

I join the many other Americans and a majority of the U.S. Senate, who have called for the Administration to drop its opposition to stem cell research, which offers the promise to address many terrible afflictions. No words are more compelling than those of First Lady Nancy Reagan, who said ‘Science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that for so long have been beyond our grasp.I just don’t see how we can turn our backs on this’.
Source: Press release, “Stem Cell Research” , Jun 13, 2004

Right to choose & other freedoms are under attack

Tony Knowles participated in opening ceremonies Thursday at the new Planned Parenthood offices in Anchorage. Knowles marked the 31st anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision and warned that American’s personal freedoms, including the right to choose, are under attack as they never have been before. “Many of our constitutional rights are being eroded and the number one target for those that want to take away our freedoms is a woman’s right to choose,” Knowles said. “The appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, where just one additional vote is all that stands between the status quo and the elimination of a woman’s right to choose is a critical part of this effort. ”There are few if any more important things to Alaskans than the health of our families and our right to make our own decisions,“ Knowles added. ”The fight for the most sacred personal freedom will be fought and won at the local level, in our communities and in our neighborhoods.“
Source: Press release, “Personal Freedoms” , Jan 25, 2004

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Abortion: Tony Knowles on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

2011 Special Elections:
CA-36:Jane Harman(D)
CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
Retiring 2012:
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
Running for Mayor:
CA-51:Bob Filner(D)
Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-8:Dave Reichert(R)
Running for Senate:
AZ-1:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
UT-3:Jason Chaffetz(R)
Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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