California Parental Notification on Abortion Initiative Tied in New Poll

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 7, 2005

Sacramento, CA ( — A new poll conducted on a November ballot initiative that would require parents to be notified by abortion businesses when their minor daughters are considering an abortion shows the level of support and opposition exactly even.

A Field Poll released Tuesday shows 45 percent of those polled both support and oppose Proposition 73 while 10 percent remain undecided.

A June Field Poll found some 48 percent of California voters back the proposal while 42 percent oppose it.

The new survey found that 62% of Democrats surveyed oppose the initiative and 61% of Republicans surveyed support it.

Under the measure, parents would be notified 48 hours before a teenager can have an abortion. Consent would not be required, but parents would have an opportunity to held their daughters make a better decision. Similar statutes in other states have proven effective in reducing the number of teen abortions.

One person who favors Proposition 73 is Monty Patterson, whose daughter Holly died after using the abortion drug RU 486 in September 2003. He said he had no idea Holly was contemplating an abortion until Holly began experiencing severe complications from the pills.

The proposal also states that abortion providers would have to keep statistics on the number of abortions performed on minors and that failure to comply with the regulations could result in civil fines.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 19 through Aug. 29 among 686 adults, including 425 registered voters, 325 of whom were considered likely to vote in November. The margin of error is 5.8 points.

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