Alaska Supreme Court finds state law defining medically necessary abortions unconstitutional

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court has voted against a proposed state law and regulation that would define what constitutes 'medically necessary abortions' for purposes of Medicaid funding.
According to the Associated press, the court voted 4 to 1 against the decision calling it unconstitutional, and upheld a 2015 lower court ruling that also barred the measures from being enforced.
Supporters argued the state should not be required to pay for elective abortions. They were subsequently challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. The Court ruled the law and regulation violate the state constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
The law defined medically necessary abortions as 'those needed to avoid a threat of serious risk to a woman's life or physical health from continuation of pregnancy'.