California Backers of Parental Notification on Abortion Respond to Ballot Loss
by Steven Ertelt
November 12, 2008
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Organizers of the parental notification ballot initiative in California have issued a statement following the defeat of the abortion proposal there. They remain encouraged despite the fact that this is the third time the parental notification measure has gone down to defeat.
The statement focuses on how they were again outspent by abortion advocates, including Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business.
Once again, Planned Parenthood and the mainstream media have combined to defeat a common sense proposal to enable parents to protect their daughters, the statement said.
Their victory did not come easily or cheaply. The opposition outspent us over 11 to 1," they explained.
According to the pro-life advocates, opponents of parental notification spent more than $8 million on deceptive ads and other campaign tactics.
In addition to the abortion business, the Yes on 4 campaign blamed the California Nurses Association, the California Medical Association, the National Organization of Women, the ACLU, and the California Democratic Party for aiding efforts to keep parents in the dark about their daughters’ abortions.
Ultimately, the Yes on 4 campaign said Proposition 4 lost because of deep-pocketed institutional funding that overwhelmed its efforts. They also say they were limited by a donor drain because of a poor economy and so many other races and ballot measures seeking funds.
While the Yes on 4 campaign took in less than $2 million to support parental notification, the forces opposing gay marriage took in more than three times as much for their measure.
Campaign organizers said in the statement that they appreciate the calls and emails from supporters after election day and they vowed to press on.
We welcome these messages, as it shows that this effort was more than just a single campaign," they said.
"It is a part of a movement among Californians to wrest the care of our children back from Planned Parenthood and its ilk, whose idea of helping young girls is to give them a secret abortion and send them back into the same exploitive, abusive, or simply unhealthy situation they were in before.
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