Judge orders rewrite of abortion initiative

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

JUNEAU - An Alaska judge has ordered the lieutenant governor to rewrite ballot language for a proposed abortion initiative.

But Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner stopped short of ordering the measure be kept off the ballot this year.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and ACLU of Alaska argued the language used in circulating petitions for the parental consent initiative was misleading.

They said it didn't state the initiative would restrict existing rights or subject doctors to potential penalties.

The measure would require parental notice or consent before a minor can have an abortion.

Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell was traveling and not immediately available for comment. The executive director of ACLU of Alaska says his side is reviewing the ruling and deciding whether to appeal.

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