Alaska Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016


This law is Anti-Choice

State

Alaska

Number

Alaska Stat. § 18.16.010

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

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Alaska law currently allows individuals and hospitals to refuse to provide abortion services.

Specifically:

“Nothing in this section requires a hospital or person to participate in an abortion, nor is a hospital or person liable for refusing to participate in an abortion under this section.”

The law, enacted in 1970, does not require individuals or hospitals that refuse to participate in abortions to provide notification or referrals.

STATUS

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that this clause was unconstitutional to the extent that it applies to quasi-public institutions.

Currently, non-sectarian hospitals built or operated with public funds may not refuse to offer or provide abortions.