An Alaska court has upheld most of a voter-approved state law
requiring at least one parent to be notified before a minor child
can obtain an abortion.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest filed suit against the
law, which gained voter approval in August 2010. The law provides
an option for a judge to bypass the requirement in certain
In its decision, the Alaska Superior Court concluded that
"minors may be pleasantly surprised when underestimate parents
support, comfort, and affirm them" - and that the parental
notification law "sufficiently fosters a potential for worthwhile
family involvement [and] that it passes constitutional
Alliance Defending Freedom acted as co-counsel
in defending the law. Senior counsel Steven H. Aden tells
OneNewsNow "a young girl's well-being is worth more than Planned
Parenthood's bottom line."
"Parents care more about their minor
girls than an abortionist ever will," he states. "The court was
right to recognize that fact, and to recognize that there is an
important interest on the part of the state in insuring that
parents participate with their minor girls when circumstances like
Since 1995, the people of Alaska have voted approval of parental
notification with Planned Parenthood using the courts to block it.
The court this time heeded direction from the Alaska Supreme
Court's previous decision that the state constitution permits a
legal plan through which parents are notified so they can be part
of the life-changing decision.
The Superior Court upheld the entirety of the law except for two
provisions: one that allowed parents to sue in civil court if an
abortionist fails to obey the law, and one that required clear and
convincing evidence at bypass hearings.