AUL - Alaskans pass 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 today 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.

For more information on the importance of parental involvement laws and to access AUL's model bill, see an excerpt from Defending Life 2010 and AUL's Model Legislation page.

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Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.

AUL's legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.

Recently, Americans United for Life detailed the facts on taxpayer-funding of abortion during the debate over federal health care legislation, provided legal assistance to states working to opt-out of abortion provisions created by federal health care law, and has played a major role in educating policymakers on the record of President Obama’s then-nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.