Court upholds abortion notification petitions

Posted: Monday, June 07, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a trial court's finding that petitions for a parental notification initiative do not contain confusing and misleading language and are therefore valid.

The decision means that the measure, which would require parents to be notified if their minor daughter seeks an abortion, will go on the ballot for voter approval during the Aug. 24 primary.

Planned Parenthood filed suit to stop the initiative, claiming that the lieutenant governor's summary of the proposed measure contained on the petitions was confusing and misleading.

Kevin Clarkson, one of more than 1,600 attorneys in the ADF alliance, successfully argued against Planned Parenthood's claims on behalf of the Alaska Family Council, the primary supporter of the initiative.

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