- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Alaska law that further defines what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for the purposes of Medicaid funding.

Superior Court Judge John Suddock says Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest raises “substantial issues” going to the merits of the law and is entitled to a hearing.

Regulations, similar to the law passed this year, were previously stayed pending resolution of the lawsuit brought against the state by Planned Parenthood. The law, however, does not include consideration of psychiatric disorders. The regulations do.

Suddock, in his order Tuesday, said restrictive legislation “enhances the risk of constitutional invalidity.”

Planned Parenthood is challenging the law and regulations as unconstitutional. Supporters of the measures have said the state should not be required to pay for elective abortions.



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