Not that she knows of, Einstein said.
McGuire said her father, a doctor, worked for the U.S. Public Health Service at a time abortions were illegal and doctors saw many women who "had been in a back-alley abortion circumstance or attempted to abort themselves," McGuire said.
As legislators wrangle with a strict definition that may exclude a number of women, they need to consider "would she attempt to do it on her own?" McGuire said.
Many of the Alaskans who testified on Monday worried that could happen.
Myrtle Gohring of Anchorage said she's a great-grandmother turning 90 this month. She testified by phone about the days of illegal abortions that were "often the only family planning for my generation of young, married mothers whose families grew too large, too soon."
She told the committee that she worked more than 30 years as a school teacher and counselor and saw many children who were angry, suffered low esteem and were unwanted.
Elann Moren of Palmer testified by phone that she knows the horrors first hand. She became pregnant after being raped as a teenager, she told the senators. Her mother and other women tried to get her to miscarry through a mix of mistreatment and tricks from old wives' tales. They made her run until her legs gave out, knocked her off a ladder and gave her weird teas that made her throw up. But she didn't lose the baby.
Finally they took her to a woman who ran a daycare center and brought her into a bedroom, where she lay on an ironing board. She could hear voices of children on the other side of the door. She was told to take quinine tablets to complete the abortion but it didn't work right away. Eventually, she said, she miscarried.
The Senate bill discriminates against poor women and may put them in similarly bad situations, she said.
Philip Stewart of Juneau sat in the witness chair and told the three senators at the hearing -- McGuire, Coghill and Dyson -- that he was appalled at what they were considering and warned it will be challenged in court.
"Senate Bill 49 is cruel, it's wrong, and, I believe, merely a grandstanding ploy to appeal to a small but vocal voting bloc," Stewart said. "Drop this bill like a hot rock."
The grandstanding accusation is offensive and insulting, Dyson shot back.
Stewart conceded that he knew Dyson had "profound moral issues" related to abortion.
"No. I have human-rights issues," Dyson, a former foster parent, responded. His voice broke as he talked about raising two dozen children who were not his own.
Coghill is holding another hearing Tuesday on Senate Bill 49, with more opportunity for testimony. He said Monday's hearing was largely intended to give Planned Parenthood and its supporters a chance to make their best case.
Gov. Sean Parnell, another anti-abortion Republican, supports the Legislature providing a definition for medical necessity, his spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, said Monday.