The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down a state law requiring parental notification for girls under age 18 seeking abortions, agreeing with pro-abortion rights advocates that the mandate approved by voters in 2010 violates the constitutional rights of underage abortion seekers.
Justice Daniel Winfree, writing for the majority, said the court was not deciding whether abortions should be available for minors but that the abortion notification law violated Alaska's constitutional equal protection provisions giving the same rights to all Alaskans.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Dana Fabe disagreed that the law violated the girls' equal protection rights but said she believes it violates their right to privacy.
"I believe that the Alaska Constitution permits a parental notification law, but not one that contains provisions that are among the most restrictive of any state's notification laws," she wrote.
Yes we are a backwater barely civilized group or neanderthals up here most of the time, but once in a while we get one right.
Considering how few and far between progressive victories are up here I am going to celebrate the crap out of this one.