JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on legislation that would restrict activities of abortion services providers in schools (all times local):
A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would disallow school districts from permitting abortion services providers from offering or providing materials related to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases.
The provision is part of a broader bill from Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy.
The bill, SB 89, also calls for local school boards to adopt policies promoting parental involvement in a district’s education program. The policies are to allow a parent to object to and withdraw a student from a standards-based test or from an activity or class over concerns of content involving sexual matters or inquiries into private matters.
Dunleavy earlier this week introduced what he sees as a companion bill that restricts activities by abortion service providers in public schools and lays out sanctions for violations.
A Wasilla lawmaker has introduced legislation to block Planned Parenthood from Alaska schools.
Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s bill would restrict employees or representatives of an abortion services provider from presenting programs or distributing materials to students in public schools. Teachers who knowingly violate the restrictions could lose their jobs. An abortion service provider would be liable for a $5,000 civil penalty plus costs to “each aggrieved student.”
Laura Einstein is chief legal counsel at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.
In a statement, she says the bill and another similar piece of legislation are unconstitutional attempts to stifle Planned Parenthood’s programs and deprive students of sexual health education.
A Planned Parenthood spokesman says the organization is the largest nonprofit provider of sexual health education in Alaska.