California’s Abortion Measure Failing

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With 45% of precincts reporting California’s abortion notification initiative is now losing narrowly (52%-48%). Back in 2005 and 2006, voters shot down similar measures, with 54% and 56% opposed, respectively. Prop 4 includes a mandatory waiting period, a restriction currently mandated in 30 states. Currently, 34 states require parents are informed if a minor wants an abortion, with 22 states requiring parents to okay the procedure. Such restrictions on young women’s right to choose can lead to unsafe, illegal measures, especially where family relationships are strained.

The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Health Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all oppose mandatory parental notification.

*An UPDATE on the same-sex marriage ban: Prop 8 is ahead 53%-47% with nearly half (47%) of the state’s votes tallied. Less than two weeks ago polls showed only 44% of Californians in favor of the ban.

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