by Steven Ertelt
May 4, 2006
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — In California, a girl who is under 18 year-old can’t get a flu shot, a cavity filled, or an aspirin from the school nurse without her parents knowing. But, she can get a secret abortion if she wants one. Pro-life groups are hoping to change that and have four days left to get signatures on a petition for a state vote to do so.
The Parents’ Right to Know group is collecting signatures on a petition to have a second chance at a vote to require parental notification before a teenager can get an abortion.
For anyone wanting to sign the petition, May 8 is the last day to mail them.
The initiative will require that an abortion practitioner notify in writing a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor girl.
"A young girl who is pregnant needs the advice and support of a parent who can help her understand all her options, not pressures from a stranger who profits from secret taxpayer funded abortions" the group says in a statement.
The group is getting close to its goal of 900,000 valid signatures and, as of late April, more than 700,000 signatures had been collected.
More than one million petition sheets have been distributed and mailed to individuals and churches in California since February to get the initiative on the November ballot.
Bob Cielnicky, director of Life Priority Network in Orange County, tells The Tidings newspaper that "This issue shouldn’t even be on the ballot."
"Obviously, who is in a better position to help advise their daughter during a life crisis like a pregnancy out of wedlock than her parents? Who has her interest most in their life?" he said.
Cielnicky said that California pro-life advocates need to work overtime in the next few days to accomplish their goal.
"The bottom line is we’re very much in the running, but it’s not over," he told The Tidings.
Albin Rhomberg, an organizer and spokesperson for the campaign, said most of the signatures are coming from Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside.
ACTION: Visit the web site and sign the petition today. Petitions can be mailed to Parents’ Right to Know, 1703 India St., San Diego, CA 92101. Visit www.parentsright2know.org or www.YESon73.net for more information.