State checks signatures for abortion initiative

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010

JUNEAU - Enough signatures have been gathered to put to voters an initiative that would require parental notice or consent before a minor can have an abortion.

The Division of Elections reported verifying 36,285 signatures, more than the 32,734 that supporters were required to gather to get the measure on the ballot.

Barring an unexpected special election or legislative action that would do what the initiative intends, the state said voters will be asked to decide the matter during the August primary.

The exact wording of the measure is still unclear. A decision is pending by a superior court judge following arguments over whether the initiative is clear about penalties doctors would face.

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