Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell hosted a meet and greet event last Monday evening at his residence for newly elected Republican Party Chairman Russ Millette and Vice-Chair Debbie Brown. Millette and Brown shared their vision for the future of the party, and then answered questions.
When asked about his views relating to abortion and whether the pro-life agenda should be a secondary or tertiary issue, Millette stated that the issue should be front and center, pointing out the false divide between putative “fiscal conservatives” and “social conservatives.” Millette used the country’s safety net programs to illustrate how legalized abortion has had devastating economic effects on the fiscal stability of government, noting that Social Security is upside-down precisely because 56 million taxpayers have been removed from the system through abortion.
The Republican Party Chair-elect also affirmed his personal commitment to recruiting pro-life candidates for State office. While the Republican Party platform has affirmed the pro-life position for years, Millette’s commitment is a departure from the status quo under the current regime. In the late 1990’s the Alaska Legislature had enough pro-life members to override a governor’s veto, but under current Chair Randy Ruedrich the pro-life cause has lost significant ground.
Alaska Right to Life applauds the new Republican leaders for their commitment to the Right to Life.
The Republican Party Plank on the Right to Life as published on the ARP website: “We endorse the Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Man is made in the image of God; therefore, we embrace the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death. We heartily encourage our elected officials to use every legal means to protect the unborn and recognize the worth of even the smallest members of the human race.”