A controversial issue from the August primary ballot made its way into court Friday. Ballot Measure 2, which passed, and is now the parental notification law, would require minors under the age of 18 to notify a parent or guardian before getting an abortion.
A third group joined in on arguments between the state and Planned Parenthood during Friday's preliminary injunction hearing.
Planned Parenthood and the State of Alaska met for the first time in court, after a ballot initiative was passed in the August primary.
Kevin Clarkson, who represents the sponsors of Ballot Measure 2, requested to intervene, and was allowed to participate in arguments.
Planned Parenthood, joined by other groups and two physicians, says the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against a subgroup of girls.
“It treats minors who seek abortions differently from minors who seek pregnancy to term,” said Janet Crepps of the Center for Reproductive Rights.