California Parental Notification on Abortion Gets Seinfeld Actor’s Support

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 6, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 6
, 2006

Sacramento, CA ( — In an attempt to help boost turnout on Tuesday for the California measure that would help parents know when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion, actor Patrick Warburton has endorsed Proposition 85. He says the measure would help protect teen girls from sexual predators.

Warburton, an actor who is best known as David Puddy on Seinfeld and is a father of four children, wants to make sure his young daughter does not become a victim of a sexual predator.

"A California law currently allows someone other than a parent to take a child, a girl as young as 12 years of age, to go and get an abortion without the parents knowing anything about this," Warburton explained in a statement provided to

"This means that your neighbor, a teacher, an older boyfriend, a sexual predator — can legally take your 12-year-old daughter to go and get an abortion, a secret confidential abortion," he added.

Warburton said that notion scares him and he worries about how the state of California denies him the right to protect his daughters and prevent them from having secret abortions to cover up instances of sexual abuse.

"I can tell you, as a father who loves his daughter more than anything in the world, I will vote YES on 85 come Tuesday, November 7th," he concluded. "I hope you do too.”

In 2005, Warburton supported Proposition 73 and contributed video and audio endorsements for the campaign.

Warburton is also is the voice of "Kronk" on The Emperor’s New Groove, the title role in The Tick live-action series, the evil Johnny Johnson on the final season of NewsRadio, and the wheelchair-bound neighbor of the Griffins, Joe Swanson, on Family Guy.

If the most recent polls on Proposition 85 hold, a majority of California residents will join Warburton in backing the parental notification measure.

A new poll 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 percentage margin and Republicans strongly in favor by a 67-26 percentage 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.

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