- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Mead Treadwell says life begins at conception.

Treadwell released a statement Wednesday marking the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

Treadwell said he’s worked with Alaska anti-abortion groups “for decades” and fought to help pass a parental notification initiative and clarify the definition of a medically necessary abortion.

As lieutenant governor, Treadwell recently filed regulations proposed by the state health commissioner that would further define a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding. Filing regulations is a duty of that office.

Campaign spokesman Fred Brown says Treadwell has long supported finding ways to cut state funding for abortion and closely followed legislation similar to the regulations ultimately adopted.

Treadwell is one of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for Senate.

Another of those candidates, Joe Miller, also released a statement saying he too believes life begins at conception.

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