Senators Want Proposed Abortion Regs Withdrawn

FAIRBANKS- Two Democratic State Senators want Alaska's Health Commissioner to withdraw proposed regulations that would define "medically necessary" abortions. In a letter to Commissioner Bill Streur, Senators Berta Gardner and Johnny Ellis say the plan is likely to be challenged and struck down. The new proposal contains language similar to a bill proposed during the last legislative session, which aimed to define "medically necessary." The proposed changes would require a provider to choose from a checklist of 20 options to certify an abortion was medically necessary. Senator Gardner says the state is trying to go around the legislative process. "It's a power grab to do this sort of thing in regulation when they can’t get it through in statute, ” Gardner says.