Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Christian Post: “‘Abortionists don’t care more about children than parents do,’ said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, co-counsel in the case, in a statement Alliance Defending Freedom. ‘Alaska’s Parental Involvement Law, which an overwhelming majority of citizens adopted through a state ballot initiative, is a reasonable and constitutional measure. It ensures that parents may exercise their right and responsibility as parents to counsel their daughters in one of life’s most difficult moments.’”
Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorney Kevin Clarkson will argue Wednesday before the Alaska Supreme Court in defense of a voter-approved state law that requires at least one parent to be notified before a minor child can obtain an abortion. Clarkson is lead counsel on behalf the group that sponsored the ballot initiative for the law.
LifeNews: In Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. State of Alaska, the Superior Court for the State of Alaska ruled that the parental notification law, which requires an abortion provider to give notice to a parent or guardian before performing an abortion on a minor, does not violate the state’s constitution. The court also upheld provisions requiring that the parent or guardian provide valid identification and providing for criminal penalties for those who violate the law.
NewsTribune: A trial began today in Anchorage challenging Alaska’s 14-month old law requiring that women younger than 18 notify their parents before getting an abortion.
“[The judge] said abortion practitioners should not face prison sentences for failing to comply with it. He also removed a section allowing parents to file a civil lawsuit against abortion practitioners who don’t comply seeking financial damages.”
Reuters: “Parents of girls under the age of 18 seeking an abortion in Alaska must be notified, under a new law that took effect on Tuesday after a state judge rejected arguments against it.”
CNBC: “An Anchorage Superior Court judge is expected to rule by early next week on a lawsuit seeking to block the parental notification law approved by voters in August.”
For more information on the topic, see this ADF Alliance Alert compound tag: http://www.alliancealert.org/tag/state-alaska+topic-parental-rights+topic-abortion/
ACLU Blog of Rights: “On Friday, the ACLU joined with Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights in challenging a law that requires a teen to notify a parent or go to court before having an abortion. It is critical that laws like this don’t go unchallenged. I know from my own experience how bad these laws can be.”
LifeNews: “Just days after Alaska voters approved a new law allowing parents to be notified when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion, the Planned Parenthood abortion business is preparing to push teens into using provisions, meant for abused kids, to keep all parents in the dark.”
KSTK: “Alaskan voters will decide this month whether the parents of pregnant teens have to be notified if their minor child is going to have an abortion.” Audio at link. | Alaska Parental Notification Initiative, Ballot Measure 2 (2010)
LifeNews: “Planned Parenthood is bringing in the big bucks in its campaign to persuade Alaska voters that they should not support a ballot measure in August that would allow parents to know when their minor daughters are considering an abortion. Jim Minnery, the chairman of Alaskans for Parental Rights, is battling back.” | Alaska Parental Notification Initiative, Ballot Measure 2 (2010) on Ballotpedia
ADF attorney Matt Bowman appeared on Point of View Radio to discuss Alaska’s Parental Notification Initiative. | MP3 8:25 mins | ADF Media: Alaska Supreme Court upholds petitions for parental notification initiative
OneNewsNow: “‘The Alaska Supreme Court ruled against Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union by holding that the . . . people have the right to vote on whether the initiative…which simply would give a parent a right to notice before their minor daughter can be given an abortion…should become law or not,’ [ADF-Allied Attorney Kevin Clarkson] explains.”
LifeNews: “The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a trial court’s finding that petitions for a parental notification initiative do not contain confusing and misleading language and are therefore valid . . . Kevin Clarkson, an attorney affiliated with the pro-life legal group Alliance Defense Fund successfully argued against Planned Parenthood’s claims on behalf of the Alaska Family Council, the primary supporter of the initiative. ‘A minor child’s well being is worth more than Planned Parenthood’s bottom line,’ said Clarkson.” | ADF News Release
LifeNews: “Two pro-abortion groups in Alaska have appealed a judge’s decision saying the language of the parental notification proposition on abortion should be rewritten . . . ”
Daily News-Miner: “Enough signatures have been gathered to put to voters an initiative that would require parental notice or consent before a minor can have an abortion.”
Fairbanks News Miner: “The Anchorage Superior Court is hearing a challenge to a ballot initiative to require a parent to be notified if a girl under 18 seeks an abortion.”
LifeNews: “The group behind the effort to get a parental notification measure on the Alaska ballot has submitted what it says are enough signatures to make that happen. The Alaskans for Parental Rights campaign says the campaign has met the major requirements set forth by the state Division of Elections.”
“A group pushing for a ballot initiative that would create a law requiring parental notification for abortion says it has enough voter signatures and will hand-deliver its petitions today at the state Division of Elections.”
The Northern Light: “In the state of Alaska girls 13 and over can have an abortion without their parents’ consent. A recent citizen’s initiative approved to continue on as a petition by Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell aims to change this law. However, it has sparked debate over the initiative’s legitimacy.”
KTUU (AP): “Anti-abortion advocates kicked off their campaign in Anchorage for an initiative that would require parental consent for minors to have an abortion.”
One News Now: “Alaskans may have a chance to overturn a state Supreme Court decision on parental notice for a minor’s abortion . . . Jim Minnery of the Alaska Family Council tells OneNewsNow that did not last.”
KTVA.com: “40 days and counting, that’s how much time our state lawmakers have before the legislative session ends. And with so much work left to be done, the topic of abortion continues to make its way back to Juneau. This …
KTVA.com: “Thursday afternoon, surrounded by numerous lawmakers, Gov. Palin stood in support of house and senate proposals that would require minors to receive parental consent to have an abortion. ‘Wherever you fall on the abortion issue, right or left, this …
“Alaska legislative committees are advancing two pro-life bills — one that would ban partial-birth abortions in the state and another that would allow parents to object to their teenage daughter having an abortion.”