The poor women of Alaska may be in for a drastic change when it comes to using Medicaid to pay for medically necessary abortions or abortions after a sexual assault.
Even for a woman with means, in a state as large as Alaska, an abortion is nearly impossible to access. But it doesn’t have to be.
Next year will have an historic number of female senators, and that could be very good for women.
A new flyer provided at Catholic churches advises parishoners to vote against “evil.”
An Alaska state court judge ruled a 2010 parental notification did not violate teenagers privacy rights or equal protection guarantees.
The 2010 parental-notification law has been ruled constitutional, but it still may come up before the state Supreme Court.
When questioned, the Department of Health could not provide any resources supporting the constitutionality of their Medicaid coverage changes.
A state official claims the new paperwork for abortion coverage isn’t about redefining medically necessary abortions, just making sure the right entity pays for them.
The state says its only ensuring that doctors verify Medicaid patients are following federal abortion payment rules. But mental health seems to have suspiciously been left off as an acceptable reason for an abortion.
After nearly 20 years, the anti-choice members of the Alaska legislature has made it clear that they trust physicians willing to give abortions about as much as they trust women willing to get them.