Alaska's abortion funding restrictions blocked for now

February 6th, 2014

Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

Last month, in a move sure to hurt low-income women in the largest US state, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor filed rules that would eliminate most Medicaid coverage of abortion. Alaska is one of only 15 states that currently covers abortion as part of pregnancy care under state Medicaid.

On January 29, Planned Parenthood sued the Alaska state health commissioner over the new rules, stating:

"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services." Joshua Decker, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

This week, an Anchorage judge temporarily suspended the new rules--the restriction on funding cannot go into effect until the court hears the arguments. Check back for updates!