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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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Newsletter: May 23, 2008

Thank you for supporting Sarah's Law.
Here is your Weekly Update.

While we're waiting... 

May 22nd - within the next week to ten days the Secretary of State should officially declare Sarah's Law qualified for the Nov. 08 ballot.
(Sarah's Law will require a doctor to notify one family member before performing an abortion on an under-18-year-old girl.)
This past week, volunteers have emailed and faxed California newspaper editors and reporters the following two letters: 

How to spot unsupported claims in the parental notification debate

In a letter to all California newspapers, Catherine Short, one of the authors of Sarah's Law, lists seven unsupported claims repeated in editorials and news stories during the fights over Proposition 73 in 2005 and Propostition 85 in 2006 concerning: 

  - The teen pregnancy rate dropping
Girls already telling their parents about abortion decision
Teens consulting another trusted adult
Girls having good reason not to tell parents
Parental involvement laws causing delayed abortions
  - Girls seeking illegal abortions or being beaten by parents
  - Teen birth rate increasing 

The letter is accompanied by supporting documents - a Guttmacher Institute study and an article from Family Planning Perspectives

Click here to read the Unsupported Claims letter.


In a subsequent email to California newspapers and editors, Sarah's Law staffers explain the difference between Sarah's Law and Propositions 73 and 85.

The letter begins:

 "Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way, expecting a different result." - Chinese Proverb
The proponents of Sarah's Law, a new family member notification initiative that will appear on the November ballot, are not insane...
Click here to read the Insanity letter.
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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 ...

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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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