Planned Parenthood testifies on abortion bill

Jennifer Allen, Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood, testifies against SB49 which seeks to define "medically necessary" for the purposes of Medicaid coverage of abortions. (Image courtesy of Gavel Alaska)

Jennifer Allen, Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood, testifies against SB49 which seeks to define “medically necessary” for the purposes of Medicaid coverage of abortions. (Image courtesy of Gavel Alaska)

Planned Parenthood says a bill that would cut state funding for abortions in cases which are not “medically necessary” is unconstitutional and unnecessary.

Laura Einstein, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the bill is unnecessary because the Alaska Supreme Court has already defined when an abortion is medically necessary.

She also said the bill is unconstitutional because it would subject abortions that are funded by the state to much more stringent parameters than other procedures covered under Medicaid.

SB49 states that the Department of Health and Social Services may not pay for abortion services unless those abortions are medically necessary or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.

The bill was held in committee.

 

Video of testimony courtesy of Gavel to Gavel Alaska.

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