YOEST ON APPROVAL OF ALASKA PARENTAL NOTIFICATION LAW
37th State to Enact Parental Involvement Measure
Washington, DC – (8/25/10) – “The people of Alaska have made it clear that parents should have the fundamental right to be informed before their children make a life-changing decision to have an abortion,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life.
Alaska voters yesterday approved the Alaska Parental Involvement Act, also known as Ballot Measure 2, promoting the health and welfare of minors and protecting parental rights.
Ballot Measure 2 provides that, prior to performing an abortion on a minor, an abortion provider must notify at least one parent or guardian. Alaska becomes the 37th state to require parental involvement before a minor can have an abortion.
AUL has long been involved in the fight in Alaska and elsewhere to protect minors from the harms inherent in abortion and to promote the legal right of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their daughters. In 2004, AUL attorneys filed an amicus brief in the Alaska Supreme Court in support of an earlier parental consent law that was ultimately struck down. Later, AUL provided information and counsel to allies supporting Ballot Measure 2.