A high school swimmer won her 100-meter race, only to be disqualified for having her school-issued swimsuit be deemed too revealing. The Alaska School Activities Association has reviewed and determined that the disqualification of a high school teenager for breaking the modesty rule was the “result of the misapplication of the rule and as a […]
Violence Against Native American Women
Savanna’s Act, a bill that calls for the standardization of protocols for law enforcement agencies and for updating data for federal databases relevant to missing or murdered Native American women, was re-introduced to the floor on Monday by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Savanna’s Act is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Spirit Lake […]
Alaska to Reimburse Planned Parenthood Legal Fees over Parental Notification Law
Alaska must pay the nearly $1 million in legal fees that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as two Alaskan physicians, incurred fighting the state’s unconstitutional parental notification law.
Alaska Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Parental Notification Law
The Alaska Supreme Court struck down a law last week that required physicians to notify the guardians of teenage minors seeking an abortion 48 hours prior to performing the procedure.
Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women
In a win for low-income women in Alaska, a state court judge strikes down a law limiting Medicaid abortion coverage.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day
Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
The new laws could help to significantly reduce the disparate impact of overpolicing and incarceration of people of color.
Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked
An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were “medically necessary” and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid.
Alaska Governor Signs Law Restricting Definition of Medically Necessary Abortions
“SB 49 is a blatant attempt to put politicians between low-income women and access to abortion, and by removing the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, the legislature has made it clear that their only interest is restricting women’s pregnancy decisions–not promoting women’s health or reducing unintended pregnancies.”