State House cuts abortion funds from Medicaid budget

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska House has voted to cut the state Medicaid budget in a bid to eliminate state funding for abortions in spite of constitutional questions.

House members voted 21-18 on April 6 to zero out $350,000 in funding for Medicaid services related to abortions. The vote came during debate on the state operating budget.

The budget bill must go to the Senate for review, and the two chambers must agree on the same numbers and same provisions before it can go to the governor for his consideration.

Lawmakers previously have sought to restrict Medicaid funds for abortions, and the state...


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