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Judge rules that ACLU lawsuit over abortion funding can proceed

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Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 6:20 PM AKST
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An Anchorage Court gave the green light to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska against the governor over funding for the court system for abortions.

In February, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that low-income Alaskans have the right to access abortion funding through Medicaid. At the end of June, the governor vetoed the $334,700 from the Alaska Court System, the amount that the state uses to pay for elective abortions each year.

In a document attached to his veto on June 28, Dunleavy wrote:

That led the ACLU Alaska to file suit against the governor in July. In it, they argued that the veto of court funding over a policy dispute breached the separation of powers doctrine and threatened an independent judiciary.

The state filed a motion to dismiss, but Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson wrote that the case should proceed. No further hearing is scheduled at this time.

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