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Alaska Law Limits Which Abortions Can Be Deemed ‘Medically Necessary’

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SB 49 requires doctors to select a reason for an abortion being “medically unnecessary” from an approved list—a term that is used to determine which procedures can be funded by Medicaid in the state.

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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Louisiana Comes as More States Advance Abortion Restrictions

Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.

Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.

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Alaska Medicaid Abortion Restrictions Blocked Until Trial

A new rule designed to restrict access to abortion care for Medicaid recipients won't go into effect before a trial challenging the constitutionality of the rule takes place.

A new rule designed to restrict access to abortion care for Medicaid recipients won’t go into effect before a trial challenging the constitutionality of the rule takes place.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Alaska Medicaid Abortion Restrictions

The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.

The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.

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Legal Wrap: Important Steps Toward Trans Inclusivity in Maine

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights while ACOG lifts its ban on treating men.

A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.

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Lawsuit Challenges Attempt to Narrow Medicaid Coverage for Abortions in Alaska

Anti-choice lawmakers have tried to re-define what qualifies as a "medically necessary" abortion to qualify as Medicaid coverage. A new lawsuit claims that definition unconstitutionally restricts access to reproductive health care for low-income women.

Anti-choice lawmakers have tried to re-define what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion to qualify as Medicaid coverage. A new lawsuit claims that definition unconstitutionally restricts access to reproductive health care for low-income women.

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‘RH Reality Check’ State of Abortion Database Updated With Responses From Nearly Every State

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Our searchable tool has been updated to include final responses from 48 state attorneys general and 41 state health departments about a wide range of issues involving abortion. The additional responses support our earlier analysis—that abortion in the United States is overwhelmingly safe and highly regulated.

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Alaska Health Commissioner Proposes New Form to Reimburse Providers for Medicaid Patient Abortion Procedure

The form would reduce the number of ways in which an abortion can be considered “medically necessary” in Alaska, and some doctors predict it could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to access abortions and for medical professionals to receive funding for such procedures.

The form would reduce the number of ways in which an abortion can be considered “medically necessary” in Alaska, and some doctors predict it could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to access abortions and for medical professionals to receive funding for such procedures.

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Personhood Squelched in Alaska, Pops Up in Iowa

Alaska has found that "personhood" is blatantly unconstitutional. So why is Iowa still trying to pass it?

Alaska has found that “personhood” is blatantly unconstitutional. So why is Iowa still trying to pass it?

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Legal Wrap: The EC Appeal Is Bad Law and Bad Policy

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

The Obama administration fights for barriers to emergency contraception for no good reason, while the right pushes for even greater concessions on exemptions to the birth control benefit.

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