Alaska court to hear challenge to parent notification initiative

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Superior Court is hearing a challenge to a ballot initiative to require a parent to be notified if a girl younger than 18 seeks an abortion.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Alaska and others says the lieutenant governor should not have validated the initiative scheduled to go before voters this August. It contends the initiative misleads the public and is technically unlawful.

The initiative would require a doctor to notify a parent who would have to provide proof of his or her identification and parent or guardian status. If a physician can't reach a parent, the doctor would have to make at least to five attempts by phone during a 24-hour period. A physician who doesn't comply would face a felony charge.

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