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The problem

In California, a girl under age 18 can’t get a tan at a tanning salon, a cavity filled, or an aspirin dispensed by the school nurse without a parent knowing. But a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion on a young girl without informing a parent.

The answer

Proposition 4 will require a doctor to notify at least one adult family member before performing an abortion on an under-18-year-old girl.


Medical professionals know that a young person is safer when a parent or family member is informed of her medical situation. Someone who knows the girl and cares about her future can help her understand all her options, obtain competent care, and work through the problems that led her into the situation to begin with.

On a daily basis, older men exploit young girls and use secret abortions to cover up their crimes. More than thirty states currently have parental/family involvement laws like Proposition 4 in effect. States which have laws like Proposition 4 have experienced real reductions in pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among young girls.

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"A father in California came home unexpectedly early from work one day to find his 15-year-old daughter had tried to commit suicide by drug overdose... (More)

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Newsletter: August 5, 2008

Proposition 4-Sarah's Law ahead in polls
The most prestigious poll in California, the Field Poll, reported that Prop 4 is ahead 48% Yes to 39% No.

See the news story in the Contra Costa Times.
Yes on 4 flyers available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog
Please copy from website and send to any ethnic groups-churches, parents groups-you can.

Prop 4 foes ask courts to change Sarah's Law ballot pamphlet arguments
Planned Parenthood and its allies have asked the state courts to change
the Yes on 4 arguments in the ballot pamphlets that will be mailed to Calif. voters before the November election.
The No forces claim that since Sarah may have had a common-law husband in Texas, her story does not apply to California.
Headlines in the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune stories were particularly misleading, since none of the Yes on 4 spokespeople said what the headlines claim.
Please write letters to the editor to expose this biased coverage!
Yes on 4 press release below.

Proposition 4 Will Save Girls Like Sarah in California
August 2, 2008

Proponents of Sarah's Law stand by Sarah's story as a tragedy that can, and should, be prevented in the State of California through passage of Proposition 4. Sarah was a 15 year old girl who needed a responsible adult that cared about her to get her life saving medical attention.

In a challenge to ballot language, Planned Parenthood argues that Proposition 4 would not apply to Sarah because in Texas she lived with the father of her child, establishing a common law marriage.  Such a fact is not relevant to the debate in California, a state that does not recognize common law marriage.

The goal of Proposition 4 is to make sure that the tragedy of Sarah, and those of all of the horror stories presented in the ballot argument, are not repeated in California. "None of our arguments have been false or misleading. It's up to the voters to decide whether the fact that Sarah's story happened out of state is relevant or not." said Sarah's Law spokesperson Katie Short.

The challenge to the ballot arguments is part of Planned Parenthood's effort to control the debate and prevent voters from hearing what happens when the law does not protect young girls pressured into secret abortions. In its challenge, Planned Parenthood is also trying to prevent voters from knowing that no minor has ever been harmed by a parental notification law.
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Latinos, blacks could sway measures on gays, abortion
Los Angeles Daily News - Los Angeles, CA, USA
But California is expected to break voter registration records in an election that could either lead to the country's first African-American president or ...

Athletic supporters of propositions
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers donated $10000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 4, the parental notification for abortion initiative. ...

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News Endorsements

Bil Handel  –  KFI AM 640 news/talk radio in Los Angeles
"Even though I’m a big pro-choice guy, this one is so reasonably done, and it really does say, ‘Hey, parents have a right to be notified, and, if there’s any fear of parents somehow punishing you, then we have ways of dealing with that, and here they are.’”
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EGP News Vote Yes on Prop 4
We don’t believe that a majority of parents wouldn’t be supportive of their daughter’s welfare if she is pregnant...

L.A. Daily News Proposition 4 is just good, common sense
Having an abortion is an incredibly important and difficult decision, one most teenage girls are not capable of making. Parents should not be excluded from the process. Below are four reasons to vote "Yes" on Proposition 4. ..

San Diego Union Tribune   Common sense, common ground...It should pass
Proposition 4 provides a better option: If a patient alleges a clear pattern of parental abuse, a physician may notify not her parents but any of several adult family members that she wants an abortion and alleges parental abuse...

Orange County Register Proposition 4 - Yes
Prop. 4 is not really an abortion measure. It is about parental rights...

Past Events
An Afternoon with Ben Stein
Fundraiser for Proposition 4 - Sarah's Law
Saturday, June 28
West Hollywood
Explanation of campaign strategy, remarks by Mr. Stein, live auction, preview of child predator YouTube video.

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