Diary

Alaska House Bill 35 Parental Consent Has Yet to Receive Senate Hearing

On April 2, 2009, the Alaska House passed HB-35 which would reinstate the requirement of parental consent prior to abortion being performed on girls below the age of 17 (except for those who live in abusive households). Alaska Governor Sarah Palin thanked the House for passing the bill (HB-35, 2009, ¶1).

In her statement on April 2, 2009, the Governor called on the state Senate to give the bill its proper hearing. “Today, 22 members of the House of Representatives took a significant step toward protecting Alaska’s children and strengthening Alaska’s families,” Governor Palin said. “The most important thing at stake is the right of Alaska’s children to receive the support and input of their parents as they face a life-changing decision. I strongly urge Senate leaders to give this bill a committee hearing, as they did not last year, and to bring it to the floor, where every senator would have a chance to say ‘yes’ to protecting Alaska’s most precious resource, the lives of our children” (HB-35, 2009, ¶2).

As of April 9, 2009, the Alaska State Senate has yet to conduct a hearing on this bill. It was referred to Senate Health, Education and Social Services (HESS), Judiciary (which Hollis chairs), and Senate Finance. It is clearly on the slow track so it will die. Readers who reside in Alaska are encouraged to email State Senator Bettye Davis to hear the bill in HESS, and emails State Senate President Gary Stevens to waive the bill from committee and bring it to a full Senate floor vote if it’s not going to receive any hearings. A similar bill died last year because Hollis wouldn’t pass the bill out of Judiciary (Note: Hollis spearheaded the “Troopergate” investigation, which led to a patronage job for Kim Elton, who oversaw it). Alaskans are also urged to email State Senator Menard, and State Senator Olson, because they are supposed to be working on a Senate compromise bill. That also is yet to be seen with 10 days left in session.

Parents must sign consent for field trips, aspirin, etc., but they currently have no say in Alaska if their daughters who are below the age of majority have invasive surgery to extract a fetus — aborting a pregnancy

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References

Governor lauds the State House for passage of House Bill 35. (2009, April 2). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1736&type=1