Planned Parenthood sues over notification law

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is trying to block a new state law requiring that parents of teenage girls seeking abortions be notified.

Several doctors joined the organization in suing the state Tuesday.

Voters approved the measure in August and the law goes into effect Dec. 14. It requires Alaska doctors notify a parent before performing an abortion on girls younger than 18.

There is a notification exception for victims of abuse by a parent or guardian. A girl could get an abortion without parental notice with a notarized statement about the abuse signed by an adult relative or authorized official.

Planned Parenthood says the law violates privacy rights guaranteed in the state Constitution.

The Anchorage Daily News reports state officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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