Rights group submits abortion petition

Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Supporters of requiring parental notice or consent before a minor can have an abortion say they have enough signatures to put the issue to a vote.

Alaskans for Parental Rights said it gathered thousands more than the minimum 32,734 signatures required to put the measure on the ballot. It submitted petitions Friday with the state Division of Elections, which now has 60 days to verify the signatures and determine if all requirements were met. If they were, the issue would appear on the August primary ballot.

The initiative makes an exception if a teenager submits a notarized statement that she is a victim of abuse by a parent or guardian, a court allows an exception or a doctor decides there is a medical emergency.

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