Alaska delegation absent from brief against abortion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –
None of the members of the Alaska congressional delegation have signed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a case protecting the right to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The Juneau Empire reported Friday that lawmakers who signed the brief argue criteria for making abortions under the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling are unworkable. Officials say the brief was written in support of a Louisiana state law requiring medical providers who perform abortions to be a licensed physician or have completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology or family medicine. Officials say the brief was signed by 39 senators and 168 representatives, mostly Republican.