AL appeals ruling that struck down part of parental consent law - Montgomery Alabama news.

AL appeals ruling that struck down part of parental consent law

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The State of Alabama will appeal a federal district court ruling regarding the state's parental consent for an abortion law, Attorney General Steve Marshall has confirmed.

The appeal focuses on a July 28 ruling that found unconstitutional the state's 2014 amendments to procedures for bypassing the consent law.

Marshall's office filed the appeal Tuesday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

“The federal court erroneously concluded that amendments to Alabama’s parental consent abortion law passed in 2014 undermine a minor’s right to anonymity and are therefore unconstitutional,” Marshall said. “The court ruling ignores the numerous protections afforded under Alabama law to a minor seeking approval for an abortion without parental consent."

The attorney general further stated that "changes made to Alabama’s parental consent law serve to strengthen the ability of bypass courts to obtain sufficient evidence in rendering a decision when a pregnant minor seeks an abortion without the consent of a parent."

Marshall said a minor's right to confidentiality during those bypass proceedings is protected and that "parents or legal guardian participation is only allowed if they are ‘otherwise aware’ of the proceeding."

No time table has been given for a ruling by the appeals court.

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