Saturday, December 19, 2009

Alaskans For Parental Rights Conducting Petition Campaign To Get Parental Notification Abortion Initiative On The August 2010 Ballot

Did you know that in Alaska, a teenage girl must get parental consent to get a swine flu shot, but not for an abortion? Alaskans for Parental Rights, an affiliate of the Alaska Family Council, is conducting a statewide petition campaign to get a parental notification initiative placed on the August 2010 primary ballot. They must procure 32,734 signatures statewide, which must constitute a minimum representative number of signatures from at least 30 of the state's 40 House districts by January 15th, 2010. Anchorage attorney Kevin Clarkson also addresses this issue in his December 19th Alaska Voices column.

The initiative, currently posted on the Alaska Division of Elections website, mandates either parental consent or parental notification for all abortions to be performed on girls under the age of 18. In the absence of parental consent, parental notification will suffice. This concession was necessitated not only to address the concerns of those who wanted to provide an avenue of redress for girls who may have been impregnated by an adult family member, but also to better ensure a court-proof initiative. The previous parental consent law was invalidated by the Alaska Supreme Court in November 2007, although then-Chief Justice Dana Fabe suggested that a parental notification substitute might be court-proof.

A list of churches in Alaska supporting the initiative is accessible on the Alaska Family Council website. A partial list of locations hosting petitions is provided by both Alaskans for Parental Rights and by Kevin Clarkson. Alaskans not within driving distance of these locations can contact Kelly Foreman at 907-602-8249 or Deanna Nelson at 907-227-8182 for the location nearest them. Financial contributions from Alaskans and others alike are welcome; instructions HERE.

This is not merely a morality issue, but also a family sovereignty issue. Even if you are absolutely pro-choice on abortion, you, as the parent, ought to have the final say on whether your daughter has an abortion. This initiative will at least ensure that, in the absence of parental consent, every reasonable effort is made to notify a parent before an abortion is performed on a parent's daughter. If we expect parents to take greater responsibility for the conduct of their kids, and demand that they intervene and oversee their kids more vigorously, then we must give them the authority to back up those expectations.

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