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Anchorage, AK — Statement from Jessica Cler, Alaska State Director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii:

"We are disappointed to see Governor Dunleavy go the way of some of the most hostile states in the country on abortion rights, but we are not surprised. The bottom line is, abortion is an essential, time-sensitive medical procedure, as medical experts like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology have recognized. It is shameful to see elected officials exploit a public health crisis to score political points and restrict abortion access. As the people of Alaska do their part to keep each other healthy, we expect our public officials to rise to the challenge of this health care crisis and work to expand access, not restrict care.”