by Steven Ertelt
November 7, 2006
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — California’s affiliate of Planned Parenthood closed out the campaign on Proposition 85, the state’s parental notification measure with a controversial ad. The ad claims the notification measure provides no options for teenagers who come from abusive home situations and want to have an abortion without their parents’ knowledge.
The new ad, titled “Bubble” is airing statewide as voters head to the polls. It was financed with $3.7 million from the abortion business, the ACLU, the California Teachers Association, and Alternative Energy Prop 87.
In the ad, an unseen man in a whispery, confidential voice claims “Prop 85 would force girls to notify an abusive or violent parent that they are pregnant and this puts them in real danger.”
But Mike Byrne of the Yes on 85 campaign says the television commercial "includes explicit lies as well as implicit and deliberate misrepresentations intended to confuse and deceive California voters into voting no on Proposition 85."
"The truth is, Prop 85 requires, with several exceptions and waivers provided, that a doctor, at least 48 hours before performing the abortion, notify one parent or guardian of an unemancipated child, that their daughter intends to obtain an abortion," Byrne explained.
He said the notification requirement is waived in medical emergencies and said teenagers can use a judicial bypass provision the Supreme Court has upheld to not tell parents of an abortion in an abusive situation.
Byrne also said the notification measure would help vulnerable teenagers by requiring that if a waiver of notification is granted based on evidence of abuse, the “court ensure that such evidence is brought to the attention of the appropriate child protective agency."
That would allow authorities to intervene and help the girl prevent further abuse that a secret abortion would cover up and perpetuate, he said.
The final poll in the campaign found Proposition 85 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. Some 11 percent of voters were still undecided.
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.
Related web sites:
Yes on 85 Campaign – https://www.yeson85.net