Alaska Judge Won't Block Abortion Notification Law

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A judge in Anchorage, Alaska has refused to block an abortion notification law requiring parents be contacted before girls under the age of 18 have an abortion.
    
Voters approved the measure in August, but Planned Parenthood has quickly challenged the new law.
    
The pro-choice organization said it violated the rights of minors and could result in girls being afraid to seek medical help.
    
However, Superior Court Judge John Suddock rejected Planned Parenthood's request on Monday after he made minor changes to the original bill.

Revisions to the bills included:

  • Removal of a provision calling for a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to five years for people who violate the law.
  • Striking down a section allowing physicians to be liable for damages.
  • A change aimed at making it easier for physicians "or their designee" to notify parents, legal guardians or custodians that a minor is seeking an abortion.

Planned Parenthood, undeterred by the judge's ruling, said they would continue to challenge the law in court.

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