Three days before Alaskans gathered to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, the head ACLU’s Alaska chapter took a moment to acknowledge the Winter Solstice and her support of the continuing killing of unborn babies through abortion.

The Dec. 22 “Happy Solstice” message from Executive Director Mara Kimmel never once mentioned Christmas or even the “holidays.” It does, however, highlight abortion as one of the most important “values we cherish as Alaskans.”

“As the promise of more light is right around the corner, I am excited about what is to come in the next few months for our families and neighbors,” Kimmel wrote. “After a very active election season, we can take a breath knowing that Alaska’s constitutional rights are safe, for now. Around the country, Americans spoke loudly in defense of the hard-fought right to abortion – and we prevailed. During the midterm elections, abortion inspired voters to surge to the polls and in doing so, abortion saved democracy.”

Kimmel goes on to celebrate the fact that Alaskans rejected calling a constitutional convention, which she views as a possible threat to abortion and Alaska’s judicial selection process, which makes it nearly impossible to seat conservative judges.

“We protected our right to privacy, to a public education, to equal protection, to abortion, to an independent judiciary, and so many more values we cherish as Alaskans,” Kimmel stated.

She noted that the ACLU is “gearing up to make sure our civil rights are protected during the upcoming legislative session. Our new legal director continues to grow our legal power by expanding our case docket and partnerships with attorneys across the country.”

Kimmel’s seasons greeting letter ended with no mention of the holidays.

“I hope your days this season are filled with laughter, warmth, and good health.”

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Days before Alaskans celebrated Christ’s birth local ACLU head took time to ‘cherish’ abortion

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.