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Alaska teens can make own abortion decision
Anchorage Daily News ^ | 03 Nov 07 | SHEILA TOOMEY

Posted on 11/03/2007 3:09:37 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY

The Alaska Supreme Court threw out an embattled state law Friday that required parental or judicial consent before a teenager can have an abortion.

In a 3-2 decision, the court said the consent requirement robs a pregnant teen of her constitutional right to make such an important decision herself and transfers that right to her parents or a judge.

However, a law that required parents to be notified of a juvenile daughter's plan to have an abortion would probably be all right, said Chief Justice Dana Fabe in the majority decision for the court. It's a option many other states use, she noted.

As illustrated by the vote, the decision was a close call. Both sides agreed that the state has a compelling interest in protecting juvenile girls against their own immaturity and that parents have a constitutional right -- a duty -- to guide their children. They differed over whether giving parents veto power over a pregnant juvenile's abortion decision went too far.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: abortion; alaska; minors; moralabsolutes; parentalconsent; teens
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1 posted on 11/03/2007 3:09:37 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY
"robs a pregnant teen of her constitutional right to make such an important decision herself and transfers that right to her parents or a judge."

Well...I guess they just gave teens to the State for care now..... how STOOOOOPID.

2 posted on 11/03/2007 3:15:41 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: GATOR NAVY; BlackElk; Clintonfatigued; EternalVigilance

From what I can tell, the AK Supreme Court is 3 rodents to 2 Republicans (the Chief Justice is a rodent), but the dissenters were a Republican and a Dem. Apparently one of the 2 Republicans (Eastaugh) went to the dark side here.


3 posted on 11/03/2007 3:16:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: GATOR NAVY

This is fricking insanity on steroids. These black robes are running this country into the ground.


4 posted on 11/03/2007 3:17:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: GATOR NAVY

It depends what you mean by “teen,” one might think. It’s noticeable that the reporter avoids using a more accurate word, “minors.”

When you reach 18, you make your own decisions. Abortion is still wrong, but that’s another issue.

But are these justices saying that 13 year old girls who have been subjected to statutory rape have a right to an abortion without telling their parents about it? Or stretching the word teen a little, maybe ten or eleven year olds?

I’m afraid so.


5 posted on 11/03/2007 3:21:19 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: GATOR NAVY

I guess they have judges who legislate from the bench in Alaska as well. The is no American fronter left.


6 posted on 11/03/2007 3:21:23 PM PDT by Revel
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To: GATOR NAVY
Well look at the bright side, at least the pregnant teen still can’t do something really bad, like buy cigarettes. /SARCASAM
7 posted on 11/03/2007 3:22:48 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: GATOR NAVY

In a 3-2 decision, the court said the consent requirement robs a pregnant teen of her constitutional right to make such an important decision herself and transfers that right to her parents or a judge.

Um how about the unborn child, who is looking out for them and their rights? A teenager?


8 posted on 11/03/2007 3:26:06 PM PDT by rolling_stone (same)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Another outrageous and immoral decision, if there ever was one.


9 posted on 11/03/2007 3:26:23 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The dark side? Isn’t that where BOTH of Alaska’s GOP senators are?


10 posted on 11/03/2007 4:51:00 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: GATOR NAVY

But, hey, let’s get the parents’ permission if they need an aspirin.


11 posted on 11/03/2007 4:53:13 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: madprof98

They’re always there when you need to build a bridge to nowhere. Sarc


12 posted on 11/03/2007 4:57:21 PM PDT by Nextrush (Proudly uncommitted in the 2008 race for president for now)
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To: GATOR NAVY

In a 3-2 decision, the court said the consent requirement robs a pregnant teen of her [NONEXISTENT] constitutional right to make such an important decision herself and transfers that right to her parents or a judge.


13 posted on 11/03/2007 5:31:12 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: GATOR NAVY

What does “childhood” mean, anyways?


14 posted on 11/03/2007 5:32:18 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

I understand that it is now defined by our courts as that period in life when people are at their sexiest.


15 posted on 11/03/2007 5:41:39 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: madprof98
These judges know what they like.

Bet they haven't had a good "pedophile on the bench" scandal up there in a while.

It's coming.

16 posted on 11/03/2007 5:56:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GATOR NAVY
the logic here seems to be that if you're old enough to conceive a child you're old enough to kill one.

God, I ask you for mercy.

17 posted on 11/03/2007 6:25:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (keep the heat on the hillary.)
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To: Cicero

good point, what happened to those 5 girls (not women) who were under 15? I assume that alaska has a rape law or some type of consent law, that a girl under 15 can’t consent to any sexual activity, wonder if the planned parenthood or whomever helped those young teens out to an abortion, also reported the “sperm donor” for rape? if they didn’t wouldn’t that make them an accessory after the fact? or guilty of something?


18 posted on 11/03/2007 7:08:08 PM PDT by machogirl
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Planned Parenthood is regularly complicit with statutory rape. Often the rapists themselves bring girls to the clinics, and their identity is protected, with the crime hidden from the parents. It happens all over the country. There have been several lawsuits brought against PP for disclosure, but the liberal judiciary usually manages to protect them.


19 posted on 11/03/2007 7:13:07 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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too bad that prosecutors are hogtied with respect to getting the information to prosecute the rapists and planned parenthood for hindering prosecution

if the organization was really concerned about the “rights” of these underage girls, they would help with the prosecution of the rapists


20 posted on 11/03/2007 7:47:02 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: GATOR NAVY

So, who will pay for it, if the parent disapproves of a secret abortion?


21 posted on 11/04/2007 4:46:43 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: GATOR NAVY; wagglebee; NYer; Diago
Unbelievable. The state and planned parenthood are now the parents.
22 posted on 11/06/2007 4:29:46 PM PST by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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23 posted on 11/06/2007 4:42:17 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Why is the word of the Supreme Court of Alaska the final word?

Can’t the legislature take this topic out of their purview by law, and say that they will be the final decider of the law, and the judiciary is no longer required to weigh in on this issue?

It is really time for a legislative slapdown of the judiciary. The Alaskan people passed this law through their lawful representatives.

Is an 11 year old capable of making this decision alone, without parents? and if the 11 year old is made ill by Planned Parenthood’s not so perfect abortion, does the court take care of her?

What is the age of parental consent’s lower end, Chief Justice? And how do YOU know?


24 posted on 11/06/2007 4:49:12 PM PST by exit82 (I believe Juanita--Hillary enabled Juanita's rapist.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

>> In a 3-2 decision,

One schmuck should not have that much authority over the parents of Alaska.


25 posted on 11/06/2007 6:04:40 PM PST by Gene Eric (What love can a person provide a newborn that it is unwilling to provide the unborn)
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