A pro-life advocate in the state of California is pushing a Statewide ballot initiative that would ban abortions.
California is potentially one of the most pro-abortion states in the nation and its population is so out of sync with the rest of the country on the issue of abortion that the ballot proposal really has little chance of passing. Still, sponsors of it hope to raise the issue of legal protections for unborn children.
Regardless of its chances, the ballot measure has been cleared by the California Secretary of State and sponsors can begin collecting signatures and an effort to have the ballot measure placed on the 2018 ballot. The proposal from Daniel Ehinger would ban abortion without exception and abortion practitioners would be charged with first-degree murder for killing an unborn child.
“Eliminates a woman’s state constitutional privacy right to terminate a pregnancy, and to use certain birth control methods. Outlaws: abortion including cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman; intentionally terminating a fertilized egg; most embryonic stem cell research, some fetal tissue research; and many in vitro fertilization procedures,” the summary reads. “Women, medical professionals, researchers, and others, who violate these restrictions would be guilty of first-degree murder.”
The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials.
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Ehinger must collect the signatures of 585,407 registered voters (eight percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the ballot. He has 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials no later than March 5, 2018.
Previous ballot proposals in California to require parental notification have failed repeatedly.