California Parental Notification on Abortion Measure Group Will Try Again

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 7, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 7, 2006

Sacramento, CA ( — It’s official. The organizers of a ballot proposal that failed last year to provide parents with the ability to know when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion will try again. They say they’ll have a better chance in a general election.

Last year, voters disapproved Proposition 73 on a 53 to 47 percent vote, but organizers say the vote wasn’t representative of the views of California voters.

During the special election, in which voters only considered a group of reforms proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, groups opposed to other issues turned out voters in disproportionate amounts were support abortion.

Albin Rhomberg, a spokesman for the Parents Right to Know and Child Protection initiative, told the Associated Press that turnout would favor the initiative in a general election.

"The turnout was very high in the liberal areas of the state and surprisingly low in some of the more conservative areas," Rhomberg said. "It would be foolish to not put it before the voters in a larger general election."

California voters living in Los Angeles and along the Pacific coast were largely responsible for the measure’s defeat. Voters living in Orange County, San Diego and inland counties mostly supported the measure.

Polls before the election generally showed the measure leading by a slight percentage. Of all the measures up for consideration, it received the most votes.

Rhomberg said that Secretary of State Bruce McPherson gave his group the go ahead to begin collecting the signatures necessary to get the parental notification measure on the state ballot for the 2006 elections.

But Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said the abortion business would again oppose the measure.

Her group has come under fire for the abortion death of Holly Patterson. The teen took the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug without her parents’ knowledge and died days later after developing a serious bacterial infection from the abortion.

The pro-life group has until July 3 to collect the 600,000 signatures needed to qualify the revised measure for the ballot.

A recent article in The Catholic Faith magazine says parishes throughout the state are looking at a petition campaign to gather 900,000 signatures for a second effort.

"This measure, whose advertising included the slogan ‘Protect Our Daughters,’ will help protect thousands of young girls in California from sexual abuse and exploitation covered up by secret Planned Parenthood abortions," the magazine wrote.

In other states with similar laws in place, teen abortions have been reduced by as much as 30 percent or more.

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