by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2006
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Although pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has attempted to moderate her public image on abortion, the potential 2008 presidential candidate is taking a position against a parental notification on abortion proposal in California that puts her at odds with about 70 percent of the American public.
Clinton is lending her voice to a campaign by Planned Parenthood’s California affiliate to defeat a state ballot initiative that would require letting parents know when their minor teenager daughters are considering an abortion.
In taped telephone messages that are being sent to more than 250,000 households across the state, Clinton echoed the abortion businesses talking points against the measure.
"We are opposed because 85 will put our most vulnerable teens at risk — teens who may already be endangered by negligent or even abusive homes," Clinton claims in the phone messages.
"We can do better. Let’s work together to protect all our children," she adds, according to a New York Sun report.
Albin Rhomberg, a spokesman for the Yes on 85 effort, told the newspaper that Clinton’s calls against parental notification place her squarely in the pro-abortion camp that opposes any reasonable limits on abortions.
"It looks like Hillary’s moving pretty far to the other side now," he told the Sun. "It also shows that Hillary is quite fickle. She seems to want to please whatever the winds are or the tide at the time."
Her phone calls also put her at odds with herself.
In a previous speech, according to the Sun, Clinton described the history of her views on abortion and said "I supported parental notification with a judicial bypass" referring to a parental notification law she claims to have supported in Arkansas.
Yet, in July, Clinton voted against a Congressional bill that would have affirmed state parental consent and notification laws by prohibiting someone from taking a teen to another state for a secret abortion without her parents’ involvement.
Stephen Smith, with the No on 85 campaign, told the Sun he expects Clinton’s phone calls to have an impact.
"She has a name people recognize. People stand up and take notice," he said.
A new poll out this week has the California initiative essentially tied because the results are within the margin of error. The new poll, conducted by Datamar Inc., shows 46.3 percent of California residents back Proposition 85 while 45.2 percent opposed it.
The survey shows decline in support for the parental notification proposal from 48.5 to 46.3 percent from a September Datamar poll. Opposition to the measure is up from 42 percent in September.
Other polls have shown a close race as well and an August Field Poll showed voters split 45 to 44 against Proposition 85.