by Rebecca Palsha
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An attorney representing Planned Parenthood of Alaska described a ballot initiative as misleading and unclear.
The initiative aims to change the law so that doctors who perform abortions would have to tell a patient's parent if they are under 18.
The initiative is scheduled to go before voters in August.
Planned Parenthood laid out its case in court Wednesday, saying the Lieutenant Governor should not allow the ballot initiative to go before voters.
"It omits very significant details of the burdens that are placed on minors and physicians. It fails to inform voters immediately about the option for court representation. It talks about a minor obtaining a judicial bypass, well I don't think very many lay citizens know what a judicial bypass is or that it necessarily would require that a minor go to court and file a lawsuit in order to obtain relief from the notice requirement, Jeff Feldman, the attorney for Planned Parenthood of Alaska argued.