Judge refuses to block abortion notification law

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A judge has denied a request to block a new state law requiring parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Superior Court Judge John Suddock refused the request from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, but made some changes in the law that was approved by voters in August.

The law takes effect Tuesday.

The judge removed provisions calling for a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to five years for people who knowingly violate the law. He also struck a section allowing physicians to be liable for damages. He made some other changes, including making notification easier.

Planned Parenthood says it will continue to challenge the parental notification law in court.

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