JUNEAU, Alaska -

Proposed new regulations would require abortion providers to certify that women suffered from certain life-threatening conditions that made the abortion medically necessary.

The proposed change comes just months after new regulations took effect for abortion payment conditions. The state Department of Health and Social Services last year backed off language that critics said would have further restricted the definition of a "medically necessary" abortion for purpose of payment under the Medicaid program. Current regulations require an abortion provider to certify that the abortion was merely medically necessary.

The new proposal contains language similar to a bill proposed during the last legislative session, which sought to define "medically necessary."

A provider would have to certify an abortion was medically necessary to avoid serious risk to the physical health of a woman.