The public spoke out overwhelmingly against a bill that would restrict abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from teaching or providing resources in Juneau schools.
By the Empire’s count, 48 members of the public opposed Senate Bill 191 while seven supported it during more than two hours of public testimony Thursday afternoon at the Capitol.
Thursday was the first opportunity for public testimony on SB 191, sponsored by Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla — and the public showed up in force. Almost every chair in the Senate Education Committee room was filled, many with Juneau teenagers.
“I just want to say this bill is crazy. It really is absolutely crazy,” Douglas resident and parent Lisa EaganLagerquist said. “How many of you have heard a Planned Parenthood presentation?”
When none of the senators on the five-member Senate Education Committee indicated they had, EaganLagerquist continued, “Can you really say something shouldn’t be in schools when you haven’t even heard it?”
I should first point out that this IS Juneau, which is one of the most liberal bastions in the entire state.
The conversation would have of course been much different if this testimony were taken in Wasilla for instance. And the same could be said for if the hearing had taken place in Anchorage, because you can bet they would have bused in teens from Wasilla to participate.
However in many corners of the state you have always been able to find quite a few very vocal, well educated liberals and it's nice to see the Juneau teenagers, and their parents, upholding that proud tradition.
Just a reminder that not EVERYBODY up here is some ignorant inbred moron like the Palin family.