PUBLISHED: 5:17 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Take a look at the candidates
As you consider how you'll cast your vote in November, take a close look at each candidate's views on reproductive health and education.

Sarah Palin says she supports a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy only if the woman's life is in danger.

What if the woman was raped? Alaska's rape rate is 2.2 times the national average, and 25 percent of all rapes result in unwanted pregnancies.

In the Eagle Forum questionnaire, Palin said she would fund "abstinence-until-marriage" education and not comprehensive sex education.

Abstinence may be a laudable goal, but failing to educate teenagers about how to protect themselves from disease or unintended pregnancy is tragically misguided.

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, abstinence-only programs do not reduce sexual activity, teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. Every day 10,000 U.S. teens contract a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 get pregnant and 55 contract HIV.

Palin said in the Alaska Family Council Survey that she will support legislation or a Constitutional amendment to "clarify" that the state constitution does not contain a right to abortion.

South Dakota has already banned abortion, and 16 states have abortion bans that could become immediately enforceable if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

We can't keep sticking our heads in the sand. To reduce the number of abortions, we need to increase access to reproductive health care and helpful information.

Vote for Tony Knowles.

He is pro-choice and has consistently pushed to improve access to health care for all Alaskans.

Marina Lindsey

Planned Parenthood of Alaska Advocates Board Member