by Steven Ertelt
November 6, 2006
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Five physicians have endorsed Proposition 85, the California measure that would help parents know when their minor teenage daughter is considering an abortion. In conjunction with the pro-life group Pro-Life America, they have released two new Internet ads promoting the initiative.
Aaron Kheriaty, MD, of Irvine says the measure will help teenagers avoid the psychological and emotional damage an abortion can cause.
“As a physician practicing psychiatry, I encourage you in the strongest terms to vote YES on Proposition 85," Kheriaty said. "This proposition is absolutely indispensable to insure and safeguard the mental health of our teenage girls."
“I’m an internist and a parent," Orange County doctor Theresa Escalante said, agreeing for the need for Prop. 85.
"I’m asking you to vote YES on 85 with me so that we can be there when our kids have to make tough decisions. Parents should not be left out when kids need them most," she said.
“I’m a physician and a father," Dr. Robert Joseph of Westminster adds.
"It’s important for us as parents to be actively involved in all decision making regarding the health of our children. Please join me in voting YES on Proposition 85," he explained.
Their help will be crucial to bringing home a victory for backers of the parental notification measure.
A new survey released last week showed it ahead by three percent. That’s good news for pro-life groups that are supporting the proposal, which is similar to one voters rejected 53 to 47 percent last year.
The new survey, conducted by the Field Poll, a leading California polling firm, finds that 46 percent of likely voters will back the measure on Tuesday while 43 percent would oppose it.
The poll, released Thursday, finds 11 percent of the voters are still undecided with just days to go in the campaign.
The new poll is a change from a Field Poll conducted one month ago that found California residents opposed to the parental notification proposal by a slim 45 to 44 percent margin.
The newest survey finds Democrats opposed to Proposition 85 by a 56-33 percent margin and Republicans strongly in favor by a 67-26 percent margin. Independent voters are split 49-36 percent against it.
Men currently favor the initiative by ten points, 49% to 39%, but women are narrowly opposed 47% to 44%. Voters living in coastal counties oppose the initiative 46% to 43%, while voters living in inland counties are strongly in favor 54% to 36%.
Looking at racial subgroups, white voters are narrowly opposed to the measure while Hispanics and other ethnic voters favor it. White voters oppose it 44-46 but Hispanics back the measure 58-36.