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Planned Parenthood v. Alaska

The National Center for Youth Law, Juvenile Law Center, and Legal Voice filed an amicus brief in the Alaska Supreme Court urging the court to consider the Equal Protection implications of a state law requiring minors to notify their parents prior to obtaining an abortion. Enacted in 2010 through a ballot initiative, the law violates Alaska’s equal protection laws by treating similarly situated teenagers differently, amici argue. The case, Planned Parenthood v. Alaska, is on appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court after the superior court found the law constitutional in October 2012. On May 14, 2013, NCYL and amici joined the case in support of appellants Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and two Alaska physicians.