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House begins debate on abortion funding bill

By Associated Press 11:15 AM April 11, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –

The Alaska House has begun debating a bill that would further define medically necessary abortions for purposes of Medicaid funding.

The bill is similar to regulations adopted by the state health commissioner that are being challenged in court.

The House version of SB49 tracks closely with the version that passed the Senate last year but does not include language that would allow for expanded family planning services.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Coghill, asked that the language be removed in the House Finance Committee, calling it a mandate beyond services the state already provides.

The House was mid-debate on an amendment that would seek to require state Medicaid funding for expanded family planning services for income-eligible individuals when the House went into recess until late Thursday afternoon.

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