Parental Rights in Alaska
Alaska Parental Rights News
Alaska State Law
Alaska does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.
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"Strict Scrutiny" Applied to Parental Rights
In Treacy v. Municipality of Anchorage, 91 P.3d 252 (Alaska 2004), the Alaska Supreme Court held, citing Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923), "that parents have a fundamental right to control the upbringing of their children." (at 268) The court found that "[b]ecause the municipality's interest is sufficiently compelling, and because the ordinance presents the least restrictive alternative for meeting all of its stated goals," it met the "strict scrutiny standard" and therefore did not violate that fundamental right. (at 269)
However, this precedent is subject to change.