In an announcement posted on social media on Monday, Kurka criticized Dunleavy’s health mandates issued early in the pandemic.
The injunction only applies to medication abortions. The case will be decided at trial, scheduled for July.
The state of Alaska has been ordered to pay nearly $87,000 in attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union after losing a lawsuit over the governor’s vetoes of court funding in 2019 and 2020.
It appears that Alaska will receive roughly $200 million less in COVID relief this year than House members planned.
Bethel Democratic Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky noted that the statewide COVID-19 threat level remains high. And she said the effect of new, highly contagious variants of the coronavirus in the state is unknown.
Dunleavy veto statements said both the Legislature and the executive branch are opposed to state funding of elective abortions, adding “the only branch of government that insists on State-funded elective abortions is the Supreme Court.”
The state of Alaska’s list includes several other types of surgeries — including cancer, cardiac and children’s procedures such as circumcisions — that could be postponed.
The justices asked the lawyers for more on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of court funding related to abortions should be placed on a recall ballot.
The judiciary’s independence has been the subject of two high-profile cases. Both are in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s decision to veto more than $334,700 from the courts’ budget because he disagreed with court rulings on public funding of abortions.
Bettye Davis was the first black woman elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, and the first black Alaskan to serve in the state Senate. She died in December 2018.