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Governor to Continue to Push for Parental Notification

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Location: Juneau, AK

Governor to Continue to Push for Parental Notification

Governor Sarah Palin today vowed her continued support for House Bill 35, legislation requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on an un-emancipated girl under the age of 17. Democrats sitting on the Senate Health and Social Services Committee voted to hold the bill, guaranteeing the bill will not pass this session.

"This good legislation received support from legislators from both bodies on both sides of the aisle because it is, above all, pro-family," Governor Palin said. "The lack of action on this bill is a blow to parents across the state who do not want government building a wall between them and their children. I will continue to work to ensure that Alaska's families are represented and that the existing law truly reflects the will of the people — as intended by our state's constitution.

"It is imperative that this issue is resolved as soon as possible. I will explore, as a private citizen, how Alaskans can do what the Senate has refused to do."

Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who helped pass the earlier parental consent legislation, said: "These legislators have now taken the extreme position that concerned parents can't even be assured they will be notified when their minor daughter faces an abortion."

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