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Planned Parenthood of Alaska and Susan Wingrove vs Craig Campbell, Lt Governor, State of Alaska et al

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Planned Parenthood of Alaska and Susan Wingrove vs Craig Campbell, Lt Governor, State of Alaska et al is a lawsuit seeking to remove the Alaska Parental Notification Initiative (2010) from the August 24, 2010 statewide primary ballot in Alaska.[1]

The plaintiffs contend that when the initiative was circulated for signatures, the language on the petitions did not make sufficiently clear to those who signed it what they were signing. Specifically, according to attorney Jeff Feldman, arguing on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Alaska, the initiative as circulated did not make it clear that under the provisions of the initiative, doctors could go to jail for up to five years if they did not "track down a parent, verify their identification, and personally tell them of the procedure."[2]

The language of the initiative says that a doctor attempting to reach a parent is required to "continue to initiate the call, in not less than two-hour increments, for not less than five attempts in a 24-hour period."[2]

Trial court disposition

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Superior Court judge Frank Pfiffner ruled on March 16, 2010 that:

  • The initiative could stay on the ballot.
  • Some of the description of the initiative would have to be re-written by Lt. Governor Craig Campbell.[3]

Specifically, initiative language appearing on the August ballot was ordered by the judge to clarify that the initiative, if approved, would:

  • Restrict existing rights
  • Potentially subject doctors to penalties.[4]

Appeal

The plaintiffs have appealed the trial court judge Pfiffner's decision to the Alaska Supreme Court.[4]

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