Pro-life advocates in Alaska have successfully fought off a court challenge from Planned Parenthood to block a parental notification measure from going on the ballot this August!
Alaskan pro-lifers started a campaign last year to gather enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot requiring doctors to inform at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor. They did so successfully, and then-Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell certified the signatures in July 2009. However, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest filed a lawsuit, claiming the summary of the measure on the petition was confusing and misleading. An alliance of attorneys organized by the Alliance Defense Fund defended the measure, saying the errors could be easily fixed. Earlier this month, the Alaska Supreme Court agreed, and ruled that the measure will be placed on the ballot on August 24th, 2010.
In California in 2008, Planned Parenthood did the exact same thing – they filed a lawsuit saying the language in the petition summary for a parental notification measure was misleading. This argument was also struck down and the initiative was allowed to move forward. Public opinion polls found support for the measure as late as October 2008, but pro-abortion groups managed to defeat it 52%-48%.
Alaska would be the 37th state to implement a parental notification measure. But pro-lifers in Alaska face an uphill battle. Planned Parenthood will probably use the same tactics they used in California and will pour money into the battle. If Planned Parenthood had their way, a 17 year old would need a parent to get acne medication, but a 13 year old girl would need no parental notification or consent whatsoever to get an abortion.
It’s time to stop Planned Parenthood’s war for unlimited, unrestricted abortions.
Click here to visit the website of Alaskans for Parental Rights.