by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2006
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in California are continuing their efforts to gather 900,000 signatures on petitions to put a parental notification on abortion initiative on the November ballot. California voters defeated the proposal once before but backers say the political climate is better this year to win the fight.
The campaign is getting strong support from people like Sabra Bruning of Winters as it concludes its three month drive to gather signatures.
"In California, if a girl is under 18, she cannot get a flu shot, go on a school trip, or have a tooth pulled without a parent knowing it," Bruning says.
"But an older boyfriend, school employee or even a stranger set up by a clinic can take a 13-year-old girl to an abortion doctor who can perform a surgical or chemical abortion upon her without parents knowing it," Bruning explains. "What is wrong with that picture?"
The group needs 598,105 valid signatures by the middle of next month to qualify the Parents’ Right to Know initiative for the November ballot. To account for invalid and duplicate signatures, the organization is looking for just under a million signatures from state residents.
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 who support abortion.
Albin Rhomberg, a spokesman for the Parents Right to Know and Child Protection initiative, told says turnout would favor the initiative in a general election this year.
"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.