Alaska parental notification initiative has enough signatures
JUNEAU, Alaska: According to the Alaska Division of Elections, Alaska voters are all but set to decide on the controversial parental notification initiative. Signatures were filed by the January 15, 2010 deadline and were certified during the week of March 12, 2010. The elections office reported 36,285 valid signatures, well over the required 32,734 needed to place the question on the ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would forbid a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure.
According to reports, if the state legislature chooses not to act on the matter by automatically making the initiative a law, voters are all but certain to decide on the issue during the August 24, 2010 primary election. Also, a superior court judge is still deciding whether or not the ballot language is clear on certain consequences that accompany the law, such as potential penalties facing doctors if the measure is approved.