Murkowski re­grets vot­ing with GOP on birth con­trol

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she saw it com­ing, even be­fore the public scold­ing last week­end at Alaska’s Idi­tarod dog-sled race.

Sid­ing with Re­pub­li­can lead­ers on a con­tentious con­tra­cep­tives vote was a mis­take, she said.

Ms. Murkowski voted in fa­vor of an amend­ment by Sen. Roy Blunt to over­turn Pres­i­dent Obama’s or­der that health in­sur­ance cover the cost of con­tra­cep­tives even if providers ob­ject on re­li­gious grounds. She was backpedal­ing within days.

One woman in the Idi­tarod crowd yelled at the se­na­tor. An­other was more civil, but made the same point: Ms. Murkowski ticked off a lot of women with that vote.

“With her vote, Murkowski showed her true colors and put her party’s anti-fe­male agenda ahead of the Alaska women she is sup­posed to rep­re­sent,” Fair­banks res­i­dent Michelle Ca­son wrote to the ed­i­tor of the city’s Daily News-miner.

Be­fore the week­end was out, Ms. Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News that she re­gret­ted her vote.

“I knew go­ing into it that there was con­flict there,” Ms. Murkowski said in a tele­phone in­ter­view this past week. When she got home to Alaska, she knew. “I think I made a mis­take.”

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