Date:  January 17, 2017

Issue:  “Shall Representative Edgmon be elected Speaker of the House?”

George Rauscher:  Yea.

Abstract:  Representative Edgmon is an abortion proponent and opposes pro-life legislative actions.  The Speaker of the House controls which bills are heard for vote.

Voting an abortion proponent into the Speaker’s Chair puts all pro-life legislation at risk while granting a significant advantage to pro-abortion and other social and morally compromised bills and actions.

This single vote qualifies as a vote against every single legislative action that Representative Rauscher committed to sponsor, co-sponsor, or public support in his 2016 Legislation Survey.

Furthermore, this single vote was made with the express, written knowledge that:

The AKRTL PAC will regard a vote for legislation containing language in violation to that described above as a vote in direct opposition to the Affirmation you signed. This action will result in immediate removal of your AKRTL PAC endorsement and will be reported in subsequent communications from Alaska Right to Life to the grassroots activists in our state.

Many have – and will – argue that Representative Edgmon would have become Speaker of the House regardless of how all House Republicans voted.  And they’re probably right.  But offering a defense of doing the wrong thing simply because it’s doomed to fail is no defense at all.

Finally, a vote for a Democrat House Speaker is, necessarily, a vote for what that Democrat stands for and is committed to.  From the Democrat Party Platform:

Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion —regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and well being. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.

Let’s be clear on one thing:

“I know of no way to judge the future but by the past.  And judging by the past, I wish to know what here has been in the conduct of,” Representative George Rauscher in the past two years to “…justify the hopes with which so many have been pleased to solace themselves?”

“I know of no way to judge the future but by the past.”

What can you do?  What’s your role in this?  Let Representative Rauscher know how you feel about his vote for a democrat pro-abortion Speaker of the House.



Patrick Martin



Chairman, The Alaska Right To Life 2018 PAC


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