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Alaska Abortion Limits for Medicaid Patients Put on Hold

An Alaska regulation limiting when the state will pay for abortions for women on Medicaid was put on hold by a state judge who said it could cause patients to delay or forego the procedure when it’s medically necessary.

Judge John Suddock in Anchorage ordered the state not to put the rule into effect pending the outcome of a hearing over a request to permanently block it sought by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.