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Planned Parenthood Suing Over Abortion Funding Reg

By | January 29, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest says it is suing over regulations in Alaska that would further define what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of receiving Medicaid funding.

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The new regulations are scheduled to take effect Sunday.

Under the regulations, the certificate to request Medicaid funds features two boxes.

With the first, a provider would have to certify the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest or the abortion was performed to save the woman’s life.

With the second, a provider would have to indicate an abortion was medically necessary to avoid a threat of serious risk to the woman’s physical health from continuation of her pregnancy due to “impairment of a major bodily function.” Attached to it is a list of such impairments.

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