California: Parental Notification on Abortion Won’t Make Ballot

State   Steven Ertelt   Jul 6, 2012   |   12:07PM    Sacramento, CA

California voters will not be able to vote on a state ballot measure for a fourth time that would allow parents to know when their minor daughters are considering an abortion. The measure did not receive enough signatures statewide to qualify for the November vote.

In California a minor cannot be given an aspirin by a school nurse, use a tanning bed in a salon, or have a cavity filled without a parent knowing. However, a young lady under the age of 18 can obtain a surgical or chemical abortion without her parent(s) ever being informed.

According to the San Diego City Beat:

Late last year, it appeared as if San Diego Reader editor Jim Holman was gearing up to put another parental-notification measure on the ballot. Since 2005, he’s put up more than $5 million in loans and direct contributions to support Prop. 73 (2005), Prop. 85 (2006) and Prop. 4 (2008), all of which failed.

In documents filed last November with the California Secretary of State’s office, [San Diego Reader editor Jim] Holman’s listed as a “V.P. for Development” and the Reader’s Little Italy offices as the mailing address for the fundraising committee “Californians for Parental Rights.”That month, the committee started circulating two similar petitions (one version required a 48-hour waiting period between notification and when the abortion can be performed; the other version didn’t) and had until April 30 to gather 807,615 signatures. Both of those petitions failed to qualify. On June 22, the Secretary of State’s office announced that two more petitions that entered circulation in January also failed to qualify.

Last time parental notification was worked on in California, the necessary amount of signatures were gathered and the initiative came very close to winning.  In 2008 Parental Notification’s Proposition 4 lost by a very small percentage, 52% to 48%.

Holman also shared that despite Planned Parenthood outspending the 2008 Proposition 4 campaign by 15 to 1, the vote was extremely close.

During the last campaign, popular Hispanic actor Eduardo Verastegui endorsed the measure and was featured in a Yes on Proposition 4 television ad unveiled by the campaign. In the 90-second ad, Verastegui said family involvement is the best way to ensure that a girl gets the best medical care and understands all her options.

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“In California, a girl younger than 18 cannot get a tan at a tanning salon, she cannot get her ears pierced, she cannot be provided an aspirin by the school nurse without the consent of her parents,” Verastegui said. “Yet a doctor can perform a chemical or surgical abortion on such a girl without having to tell some member of her family.”