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Alaska groups appeal judge's abortion measure decision

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April 6, 2010

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JUNEAU, Alaska: During the week of March 16, 2010, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner ordered that the language for the Alaska parental notification initiative be rewritten in order to be placed on the ballot. Although Planned Parenthood of Great Northwest and the ACLU of Alaska argued that the language was misleading, and should not be placed on the ballot, Pfiffner only ruled that the language be revised. According to Jim Minnery of Alaskans for Parental Rights, who spearheaded the initiative, "Alaskans should celebrate they will now have an opportunity to address this important public policy matter themselves on the August Primary Election."[1]

Now, the two groups opposing the initiative have fired back. According to Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska and member of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, they have appealed the decision by Pfiffner. The groups have stated that it was not enough that the lieutenant governor rewrite the ballot language.[2]

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