The Alabama Moderate

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Where does Palin stand on rape kits?

Posted by ALmod on September 9, 2008

A recent item of discussion is this article from May 23, 2000 as reported by the Frontiersman of Wasilla, Alaska.  This was during the time that Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla.  The article highlights a bill signed into law by then Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska, a Democrat.  Here’s what the bill did:

“The governor signed House Bill 270, sponsored by Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, outside the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) exam room at Alaska Regional Hospital. In attendance at the signing were members of victims advocate groups, law enforcement agencies and legislators.

“The new law makes it illegal for any law enforcement agency to bill victims or victims insurance companies for the costs of examinations that take place to collect evidence of a sexual assault or determine if a sexual assault did occur.”

Good for them!  This should have been a no-brainer, right?  I mean, what kind of backwards-thinking would result in charging a crime victim for an examination that includes, among other things, a test to determine whether or not the victim might have received a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the crime?

Well, as it turns out…

“While the Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies have covered the cost of exams, which cost between $300 to $1,200 apiece, the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests.”

Wasilla, the town where Sarah Palin was mayor.  They would.

Now to be fair, then Mayor Palin may not have even known about the law, but do we really want to highlight that Sarah Palin was ignorant of he laws for the town in which she served as mayor?  That wouldn’t exactly show her as an exemplary leader.

This is the person who McCain believes is the best person to lead this country if he is unable to.

So what is Sen Obama’s record on similar legislation?  Well, it just so happens that some of that do-nothing that the Republicans were talking about last week was spent by the young senator on this bill, which improved upon the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

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One Response to “Where does Palin stand on rape kits?”

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