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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.

Facts

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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Sent to the SF Chronicle, LA Times, and Sacramento Bee.
A minor is required to get his or her parent’s consent or acknowledgement prior to engaging in any significant activity. Joining the military, getting married, getting medical treatment, driving a car, going to court…..you name it. This requirement is based on two principles. One, in law, a parent has responsibility for a minor’s actions and activities. Two, it is assumed that the parent is always concerned with the minor’s best interests and generally has superior judgment. I buy these arguments. The opponents of Proposition 4 argue that the above is true in every case except abortion for a minor.
Whenever a child does something seriously wrong, it is likely that the parents are going to be upset and angry. If a son or daughter is kicked out of school, has an automobile accident, get arrested, or gets bad grades parents are notified. It is not just to ensure punishment for the child; the parent is also expected to do something about it. Not just punish the child but to counsel them, to help them through the tough time and help them improve.
A pregnancy is a terrible burden for a young girl. In most cases it is the place where a loving parent’s involvement is needed most. In many cases the parent may support abortion, in others they may not. Of course there will be hurt and pain and anger, but in the vast majority of cases there will also be love and care and concern. It is a place where the parent’s involvement and support is needed most.
The alternative is that a scared and embarrassed child, seeking to hide her problem from those who love her most, and acting on the advice of her teenage friends or an equally terrified boyfriend goes to Planned Parenthood and gets an abortion on the assumption that that will solve everything.
Almost all women will say that the decision to have an abortion is a terrible and painful choice. To place the burden of that choice and its consequences on a minor child is unconscionable.
No parent wants their minor daughter to be sexually involved, but it happens. In most cases it is a mistake made by two immature people, in some it is the result of incest, rape, or some other type of criminal action. To deny the parent knowledge of this and to deny the child the benefit of their care and involvement is unacceptable.
There are exceptions to this position; the Proposition makes allowance for them.
Nick Scales

Editor: This November 4, Californians have to decide which is more important: protecting our daughters, or protecting the "ideal" of unrestricted abortion on demand. The Prop 4 campaign has shown that parental notification laws reduce teen pregnancy and abortion. They have shown that, in the 34 states which have these laws already, there is no evidence of any minor having been harmed. They have shown that predators use secret abortions to cover up their sexual abuse of young girls. The opposition's fall back position is that we should oppose Prop 4 because, in some unspecified way, it "threatens" abortion rights, despite the fact that abortion is still legal in all the other states that have these laws. California, it's time to get our priorities straight. Vote YES on 4, to restore to parents the right to protect their daughters.

UNION-TRIBUNE
September 25, 2008

Abortion and underage girls Regarding “Notify parents/Proposition 4 responds to critics' objection” (Editorial, Sept. 23): The Union-Tribune's support of Proposition 4 reflects the common-sense appeal to both pro-choice and pro-life voters to protect teens, notify parents of a surgical procedure, and ensure that the best way to keep abortion legal is to keep it safe. At least 35 other states have successfully enacted similar legislation that has proven to be effective in reducing pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted infections without any harm to teens. Thank you for considering the initiative carefully instead of the usual knee-jerk support of the opposition that has now determined protecting minors from parental abuse is somehow risky and deceptive.
MARGARET PEARSON

Your editorial skipped over one common scenario for teen pregnancies. In the case of statutory rape, it is of the utmost urgency that parents know. Otherwise, the offending uncle or coach can simply drop off the young girl and pay for the abortion, no questions asked. They can get away with it, no questions asked. Hopefully, Californians are not on autopilot, thinking to themselves that here's that same old ballot proposal again. The fine print makes Proposition 4 the one we can finally live with, and we need it to protect our teens.
CONSTANCE VOYTAS
San Diego

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"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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