Legal challenge to be heard on Alaska parental notification initiative

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February 24, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska: A lawsuit was filed by Jeff Feldman, attorney for Planned Parenthood of Alaska, an organization against the parental notification initiative hoping to be placed on the August 24, 2010 ballot in the state. The case is set to be heard by the Alaska Supreme Court on February 24, 2010. Feldman stated that the lieutenant governor should have not have approved the initiative, citing the measure misleads voters and is unlawful.[1]

According to Laura Einstein, who serves as legal director for the group's Great Northwest branch, "While we support minors making these decisions with their parents, we just don't think that, practically, that you can mandate good family communications."

Feldman claimed, "I would say these requirements are cynically drafted to try to frustrate the likelihood that anyone will be able to obtain the necessary notice."[1]

The initiative, if enacted by voters, would forbid a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure.[2]

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