“An army of petition circulators from parishes across the state” — Archbishop puts full weight of Church behind Alaska parental notification initiative

As of Dec.8, 31,000 signatures had been collected on a petition for a ballot initiative that would allow Alaska voters to decide whether abortion practitioners should be required to get consent from – or at least notify – parents before performing an abortion on a minor girl. However, at least 11,000 more signatures are still needed in order to ensure that the initiative can be placed on next year’s primary election ballot. According to state law, 32,734 signatures are required but to make up for names that may be invalid for various reasons, organizers are seeking an additional 11,000. Alaskans for Parental Rights, the leading organization behind the initiative, said Catholic support for the initiative has made a large impact on the success of the petition drive.