A superior court judge has blocked a law restricting Medicaid payments for abortion from going into effect.
In an injunction issued on Tuesday, Judge John Suddock wrote that there are “serious questions of constitutional validity” of a new state law that puts limits on what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion. The state was supposed to start enforcing the law on Wednesday.
The law passed after similar regulations were put on hold by the same judge. The legislation was advanced by mostly Republicans, and went farther than the Department of Health and Social Services regulations by defining the term “medically necessary” to include only physical conditions.
Both the law and the regulations are the subject of a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.
- Alaska Division of Homeland Security and the Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee hosted the event featuring earthquake simulator located in downtown Juneau.
- Lindemuth said social clubs are like any other place of business where marijuana consumption is not allowed by law.
- Nine communities around the state broke daily high temperature records Tuesday, including Kenai at 71 degrees, Bethel at 72 degrees and Anchorage at 74.
- Want to learn Tlingit? Sealaska Heritage Institute recently released two apps for just that.