Alaskan voter initiative on abortion survives legal challenge

A Superior Court judge has ruled against Planned Parenthood of Alaska in its efforts to block a voter initiative that would create a requirement that doctors notify a parent if a girl under 18 wants an abortion.

Judge Frank Pfiffner wrote that while language in the initiative needs to be tweaked, it is essentially valid to be taken to voters. Pfiffner has sent it back to the lieutenant governor's office for drafting of a better summary for voters, according to his opinion issued today.

Currently, no laws restrict anyone of any age from receiving an abortion in Alaska. The initiative wants to ask voters for restrictions. Specifically, initiative sponsors want the doctor performing the abortion to inform a parent. The proposal does not go so far as to ask for consent of a parent, just notification.

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