Politics & Government

Alaska gives go-ahead to supporters of teen abortion measure

ANCHORAGE — A proposal to require parental notice or consent before a female younger than 18 could have an abortion was certified Thursday by the state, allowing its backers to seek enough signatures to get the initiative before voters next year.

The proposed law would require the parental notice or consent except in these circumstances:

-- The teen submits a notarized statement that she is a victim of abuse by a parent or guardian.

-- The teen persuades a court to let her bypass notification.

-- A doctor declares a medical emergency.

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell certified the initiative. If its backers get at least 32,734 Alaskans from across the state to sign the initiative in the next year, the proposal will go on a statewide ballot for a public vote.

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