Planned Parenthood in Alaska files lawsuit against state health commissioner

01/30/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is seeking to have new regulations pertaining to abortion struck down as unconstitutional. As reported by Reuters, the group recently filed a lawsuit against the state health commissioner in Alaska over regulations that bar elective abortions from being covered under Medicaid.

In accordance with the new regulations, abortion doctors who receive payments from Medicaid must provide certification that a procedure is “medically necessary” due to the state of a woman’s heath or that a patient is a rape or incest victim.

Planned Parenthood spokesman Joshua Decker is quoted in the report as stating, “State Medicaid in Alaska can’t single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services…With every other service, Alaska trusts its medical doctors to adhere to the best interests of their patients.”

A representative for Alaska Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Bill Streur is stated in the report to have said to the Anchorage Daily News that a comment on the matter would not be provided until the lawsuit had been reviewed.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – New York Legal News

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