California Voters Strongly Favoring Parental Notification for Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 24, 2005

Sacramento, CA ( — A new survey reveals California voters are breaking strongly in favor of Proposition 73, a November ballot proposal that would require abortion centers to tell parents of a minor teen that their daughter is considering an abortion. Previous polls showed voters split on how they would vote.

Conducted by Survey USA, the poll found that 60 percent of California voters back Proposition 73 while just 38 percent oppose it. Two percent of potential voters are undecided.

Two weeks ago, a Survey USA poll found Proposition 73 passing by a 59 to 39 percent margin, so the trend towards supporting the statewide initiative seems to be holding.

"This poll is nearly identical to the poll released two weeks ago," said John Feliz, campaign director for the Yes on Proposition 73. "However, the cross tabs reveal that an overwhelming majority of Californians believe in protecting the rights of parents and in protecting children."

In fact, the polling data finds that even 43 percent of those who identify themselves as supporting abortion support the parental notification measure. Women support the ballot proposition by a 60 to 38 percent margin, Hispanic voters by a 71 to 26 percent margin, and black voters by a 70 to 28 percent margin.

Feliz said internal polling conducted by his organization is showing similar results.

Proposition 73 would require abortion businesses to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours prior to performing an abortion on a minor girl.

Several California television stations, including KABC-TV (Los Angeles), KPIX-TV (San Francisco), KGTV-TV (San Diego), and KXTV-TV (Sacramento) sponsored the poll.

Survey USA interviewed 1,200 Californians, of which 609 individuals were considered "likely voters." The margin of error is 4 percent.

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