ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A judge is deciding whether to strike down a law requiring doctors to notify parents if their teen asks for an abortion.
Under the statute doctors could face criminal punishment for not telling parents in time to act.
The state claims some of Planned Parenthood's arguments could never win at trial and asked the judge to give a summary judgment on those points, but Planned Parenthood says it should still be heard.
In oral arguments Thursday the attorney for Planned Parenthood, Janet Crepps, said Alaska's statute isn't like other parental notification laws around the country -- it's much harsher.
“Parental interests are already well-protected here, that's what the whole statute is about parental notification. The state does not further its interests by additionally burdening minors who wish to take part in the judicial bypass system,” Crepps said.