by Steven Ertelt
August 23, 2005
Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) — Alaska has launched its abortion information web site that the state must create to conform with a new measure signed into law last year requiring abortion practitioners to make sure women considering abortions are informed of the risks and alternatives as well as the development of their unborn child.
The abortion practitioners must either show women the web site or printed information from it. Women must certify in writing that they were given the information.
In May, a five member panel of doctors approved the content of the web site. It features pictures of unborn children in various stages of development throughout pregnancy, describes the abortion procedures, and discusses health care and public assistance benefits mothers can receive as well as child support options.
The site offers a list of abortion alternative support services around the state and includes references for more information.
The law specifies that information on the web site must be reviewed and updated annually.
Similar state laws providing that kind of information to women before abortions have reduced the number of abortions.
The measure passed the House in May 2004 by a 30-9 vote. The Senate approved the bill in 2003 by a vote of 12 to 8.
Last month, a well known abortion advocate had her medical license suspended by the Alaska State Medical Board. The board said she failed to meet minimum standards for obstetric care.
Dr. Colleen Murphy presented such a "clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety" that the board suspended her license at an emergency meeting without first granting a hearing on the matter. The board was not legally obligated to tell her beforehand.
According to an Anchorage Daily News report, the board removed her license after receiving a report from Alaska Regional Hospital. The hospital terminated Murphy’s obstetric privileges after reviewing records for 10 patients for whom she failed to meet the minimum standard of care.