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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 24-year-old man in San Bernardino County, California, who had sexually abused his half-sister for years, impregnated her and took her for an abortion when she was 12. The clinic did not report the abuse. The man lived for another four years in the same house with her, until she finally told her mother what had happened. The parents then reported it to the police, and the man was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.[15]

A Santa Clara County sexual predator impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter, forced her to undergo a late-term abortion, then continued to molest her for another seven months until the child’s mother discovered the abuse and contacted police. Despite two visits to Planned Parenthood and a surgical abortion at San Francisco General Hospital, no healthcare provider bothered to inform law enforcement. Read more . .

A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arizona was found civilly liable for failing to report the fact that the clinic had performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl who had been impregnated by her 23-year-old foster brother. The abortion provider did not report the crime, and the young girl was returned to the foster home where she was raped and impregnated a second time. [1]

A 12year-old, mentally challenged Texas girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her mothers live-in boyfriend. Twice these assaults resulted in the girl becoming pregnant. Both times, the perpetrator forced her to have an abortion. Although both abortions took place at the same clinic, the clinic did not report the abuse until after the second abortion took place. After the crime was uncovered, the perpetrator was sentenced to approximately 30 years in prison. [2]

An Oregon abortion clinic provided an abortion to an eleven-year-old, yet failed to report the sexual abuse as required by state law. The abuse was disclosed to law enforcement only because the abortion was incomplete and the girl was subsequently taken to the hospital where a doctor reported the abuse.[3]

In Connecticut the case of a ten-year-old girl who was impregnated by a seventy-five-year-old man went unreported. The child was examined by two physicians, but neither reported the sexual abuse to public authorities as required by Connecticut law. Instead, they referred her to an abortion clinic.[4]

A thirty-six-year-old Nebraska man impersonated the father of the sixteen-year-old girl he had impregnated in an attempt to obtain an abortion, and thus hide any evidence of their illegal relationship.[5]

A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl was provided alcohol by an adult male who then raped her while she was unconscious. Days after her 13th birthday, the perpetrator's mother took her to an abortion clinic in another state, paid for the abortion, and then dropped her off 30 miles away from home. Meanwhile, the girls mother had contacted the state police when she found her daughter was missing. The police located the girl, who was suffering severe post-abortion complications, complications which could have led to her death had she not been returned to her mother, who quickly arranged for her treatment by a local gynecologist.[6]

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. Only in that way did he learn that the girl had been impregnated by her 33-year-old karate instructor. When this predator found out his victim was pregnant, he told her he would commit suicide if she didnt have an abortion. So, against her wishes and her deeply held belief that abortion was murder, she had the abortion. Because of the grief and guilt she attempted suicide. Had her father not come home earlier than usual that day, she would have succeeded.[7]

A 13-year-old Ohio girl was impregnated by her high school coach, who then persuaded her to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood did not report the abuse, nor did it comply with the state's own parental notification law. Three days after the abortion, the perpetrator resumed having sex with the girl, and then abandoned her. Only months later did the parents learn what had happened. The perpetrator is serving a prison sentence; Planned Parenthood disclaims all responsibility and is fighting a lawsuit by the parents.[8]

Kevon Walker, 22, of Connecticut impregnated his 14-year-old girlfriend three times in six months, resulting in three abortions. The clinic did not report the situation to police; the victims mother did.[9]

Robert Estrada of Kansas sexually assaulted and impregnated his stepdaughter, age 11, and then took her for an abortion. Central Womens Services, the clinic which provided the abortion, did report the rape but instead returned the girl to the care of her stepfather, where she and her twelve-year-old sister continued to be abused, resulting in three more pregnancies and another abortion, which was also not reported. Estrada was sentenced to 90 years in prison, his wife to a lesser term. The abortionist who failed to report has not incurred any penalties.[10]

Forty-one-year-old Adam Gault of Connecticut impregnated and then procured an abortion at Planned Parenthood for a 15-year-old girl, who along with two other women, formed Gault's harem. Although Gault initially denied he had sexually assaulted the girl, as opposed to simply sheltering her as a runaway, DNA tests established that he was the father of the aborted child. Commented Gault's surprised attorney, "I thought that when a woman had a termination of pregnancy, that that was the end of it, so to speak." [11]

On May 7, 2007, Denise Fairbanks filed suit against Planned Parenthood, Southwest Ohio Region for failing to report the abuse committed against her by her father. Denise had been sexually abused by her father from the time she was 13. When she became pregnant at age 16, her father took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. Although she informed clinic staff that the she was being forced to have sex, they did not make any further inquiries or report the situation. After the abortion, Fairbanks was returned to the same abusive situation, where she remained for another year and a half.[12]

Alert pro-lifers in Granite City, Illinois, provided police with critical evidence that 41-year-old Jeffrey Cheshier had been sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl for over a year. Cheshier brought the girl to Hope Clinic for Women for an abortion, where he was spotted by the pro-life counselors as he was forcing her into the clinic against her will. The victim later told police that Cheshier had gotten her pregnant and forced her to have the abortion. The photograph of Cheshier's car taken by pro-lifers corroborated her story. The clinic never reported the situation. “Even as officers, we see a lot of stuff but this is very disturbing to us," said Sergeant Harold Edmonson of the Granite City Police. "I've been in law enforcement 20 years and this is a first for me. We need to make some stricter laws on this." [13]

A 40-year-old Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 35 years in the state penitentiary for sexual abuse of a 13-year-old, the daughter of his fiancée. Before the abuse was discovered in 1999, the man had twice in the space of five months taken the girl across state lines to an abortion clinic in Maryland for abortions. Although the man and the girl had different last names and were clearly from out-of-state, the clinic never made a report of suspected child abuse. In a prison interview, the man admitted that, had he not been caught, in a few years, he would have moved on from the girl he was abusing to her younger sister. [14]

[1] Jane Doe v. Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Ariz.,  et al., No. CV 2001-014876, Order of Partial Summary Judgment  (Superior Ct., Ariz., Cty. of Maricopa, Nov. 26, 2002).Glendale Teen Files Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood, ARIZ.  REPUBLIC, Sept. 2,2001, at B3, and  Arizona Trial Judge Concludes Planned Parenthood Negligently Failed To Report Abortion, HEALTH L. WK., Jan. 10, 2003, at 7.

[2] Brief of Amicus Curiae Harlon Reeves in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, U.S. Supreme Court No, 04-1144. Available [HERE].

[3] Inara Verzemnieks, Childs Abortion: No Alarm Bells?, OREGONIAN, Mar.  11, 1997 (reporting failure of abortion clinic to report sexual abuse of eleven-year-old  impregnated by forty-one-year-old live-in-lover of childs mother).

[4] Christine Walsh, Conn. Doc Set to Be Cleared in Abuse Case, INDIA NEW  ENGLAND, Jan. 15, 2003,  printpage.cfm?storyid=345711 (discussing the role the doctors played in the abuse  case); Colin Poitras, Failure to Report Pregnancy Brings Charges, HARTFORD  COURANT, Apr. 27, 2002, at A1; John Christoffersen, Medical Society Urges Dismissal of Charges Against Bridgeport Doctor, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 21, 2002;  Christa Lee Rock, Doctors Want Case Dropped, NEW HAVEN REG., Aug. 23, 2002.;  Colin Poitras, Charges Against Doctors Let Stand in Childs Case, HARTFORD  COURANT, Sept. 24, 2001, at B1; Doctors to Stand Trial for not Reporting Abuse,  Referring for Abortion, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Sept. 26, 2002; Daniel Tepfer, Man, 75,  Admits He Fathered Girls Baby, CONN. POST, Oct. 9, 2002.

[5] Angie Brunkow, Man Who Said He Was Girls Dad Sentenced, OMAHA  WORLD-HERALD, June 14, 2000, at 20.

[6] Child Custody Protection Act: Hearing on H.R. 3682 Before the Subcomm. on the Const. of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 105th Cong. (1998) (testimony of Joyce Forley)

[7] Audio testimony of father, available [HERE]

[8] Roe v. Planned Parenthood of Greater Cincinnati, See. e.g., Judge: Turn over abortion files,

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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...

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