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Lawsuit aims to shoot down parental notification law

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November 24, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska: A rumor of a possible lawsuit that swirled after the passage of Ballot Measure 2 in the August 24, 2010 primary election has now come to fruition. The measure forbids a minor from getting an abortion without a doctor informing at least one parent before moving forward with the procedure. The group against the measure, Planned Parenthood, was the group that had planning to file the suit, and did so during the week of November 23, 2010.[1]

According to Jim Minnery, member of Alaskans for Parental Rights, at the time when the measure passed, "We are -- we're expecting a lawsuit. Planned Parenthood has filed lawsuits in almost every state where parental notification, either statutes or initiatives, have passed, so we expect that to happen."[2]

Planned Parenthood, who also created a website to help teens to meet the mandates set by the new law, filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the proposal violates the constitutional rights of girls affected by the mandate, and the rights of their doctors. According to the group, in their motion, the law "will, for some minors who are subject to strict parental control, function as a parental consent requirement. And for some minors, (the law) will take away their ability to obtain abortion services at all." The state Department of Law is reviewing the filed lawsuit. According to department spokesman Bill McAllister, the state will likely defend Ballot Measure 2.[3]

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