Third District judge finds abortion law constitutional
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: On Thursday September 8, Judge John Suddock of the Alaska Third District heard arguments from the state and Janet Crepps on behalf of Planned Parenthood. Their arguments focused on a new state law which requires that parents be notified if their child wants an abortion.
Those challenging sections of the new law claim the language in the law is too vague. They also state that the 48-hour waiting period is too long and some girls will be discriminated against due to a lack of judicial resources in rural Alaska. 
The lawsuit in question is expected to go all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: In December 2010, Judge Suddock allowed the law to go into effect after removing some of its provisions. He removed the sections calling for a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment of up to five years for people who violated the law, and the provision allowing physicians to be liable for damages.
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