Judge hears request to block abortion notification

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage Superior Court judge is expected to rule by early next week on a lawsuit seeking to block the parental notification law approved by voters in August.

The law requiring doctors to notify a parent, with some exceptions, before performing an abortion on girls younger than 18 goes into effect Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and two doctors last month sought an injunction to stop the law.

Attorney Janet Crepps argued Friday the law will violate the rights of minors, singling out abortion as the only medical care related to pregnancy that requires parental involvement.

She says the law also will cause health care delays for young women.

Attorneys for the state and the initiative sponsors said the law should not be delayed.

Judge John Suddock did not immediately rule.

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