by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2005
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion elected officials are coming out against a parental notification ballot initiative California voters will consider in November that will help parents be involved when their teen daughters are considering an abortion. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has endorsed the measure and now U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and California Treasurer Phil Angelides are opposing it.
Proposition 73 would require abortion businesses to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours prior to performing an abortion on a minor girl.
Boxer and Angelides oppose it because they say it would undermine Roe v. Wade and legal abortions, even though other states have similar measures in place.
"This proposition is designed to make it difficult for young women to get the medical attention they need at a very difficult time," Angelides claimed during a news conference at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.
The Planned Parenthood abortion facility came under fire in September 2003 when it gave teen Holly Patterson an abortion drug that eventually took her life. Patterson’s parents were not told their daughter was given the dangerous drug to cause an abortion and didn’t fin out until after Holly began experiencing severe complications.
Meanwhile, Boxer urged voters to oppose Proposition 73 saying it was a first step to make abortion illegal. She pointed to language in the proposal saying abortion "causes the death of the unborn child" which she said "sets it up to overturn Roe versus Wade in our state."
Boxer is using the strategy because polls show California voters back abortion but also want parental notification.
Some sixteen states require parental notification while 19 require parental consent for an abortion.
Related web sites:
Parents Right to Know – https://www.parentsright2know.org