Trial challenging Alaska abortion notification law begins

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By Mary Pemberton/Associated Press

A trial began Monday in Planned Parenthood’s ongoing challenge of a law requiring minors in Alaska to notify their parents before getting an abortion.

The organization, which provides women’s health and reproductive care, including abortion services, is challenging the constitutionality of the law.

But a lawyer for the state told the judge it can prove Planned Parenthood wrong on each of its points by looking at how the law has actually worked since it was implemented 14 months ago.

The law, approved by voters in August 2010, is working as intended, said Assistant Attorney General John Treptow.

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