Alaska Proposes Mysterious, But Seemingly Unneeded, Abortion Restrictions

Alaska lawmakers are looking into creating a new set of “abortion payment restrictions” for women who get medically necessary abortions using state funds. It is already illegal in Alaska to provide state funding for abortions for any reason other than improving “a condition harmful to the woman’s physical or psychological health,” so it is unclear how these restrictions would change current law. But pro-choice advocates fear that the restrictions might be aimed solely at making it more difficult for low-income women to get the procedures they might need, especially given the state’s anti-choice history. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has said that it will not provide any details on the guidelines until July 30.