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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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Oct 30th

Proposition 4: Waiting period and parental notification before ...

The Spartan Daily - San Jose, CA, USA
If passed, Proposition 4 would change the California Constitution to require parental or guardian notification 48 hours before the termination of a ...

Parental Abortion Notice Fights to Win in Calif. - West Palm Beach, FL, USA
For example, the coalition issued a news release warning that "this draconian, deceptive, so-called parental notification ballot measure will endanger teens ...

Oct 29th

Do parents have the right to know all? Prop 4 says yes

Catholic News Agency - Denver, CO, USA
Results range from showing a statistical tie to a massive lead for the measure, which requires a waiting period and parental notification before a girl ...

Inconsistent results found in polls on Calif. parental ...
California Catholic Daily - San Diego, CA, USA
"The initiative holds a 19 percentage point lead among likely voters, 52% to 33%," said a Knights of Columbus press release...

Oct 28th

Prop. 4 protects teens' emotional health

San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
4 ballot, which is also known as "Sarah's law" requires notification of one adult family member when a minor still living at home seeks an abortion, ...

"If the election were held today"
California Catholic Daily - San Diego, CA, USA
"The initiative holds a 19 percentage point lead among likely voters, 52% to 33%," said a Knights of Columbus press release...

Oct 27th

Support For California Parental Notification Measure Shows Slight ...

Medical News Today (press release) - UK
... they have been closely divided and deeply split along party lines regarding parental notification" ( San Francisco Chronicle , 10/23). ...

Oct 25th

Prop. 4, 8 campaigns battle fiercely for crucial Latino vote

Sacramento Bee, CA, USA
Latino, mostly Catholic, voters overwhelmingly favor Proposition 4. Their turnout is considered key to whether the parental notification initiative passes ...

Is Prop. 4 about parental rights or restricting abortion?
Los Angeles Times, CA, USA
Miriam Gerace says there's a telling difference between the supporters and opponents of Proposition 4. Katie Short says Planned Parenthood's real agenda is ...

Letter: Columnist challenged on Prop. 4 viewpoint
Appeal-Democrat - Marysville, CA, USA
IIn warning his readers about Proposition 4, the parental notification initiative, columnist Tom Elias ("Prop. 4 is déjà vu for parental notification," Sept. ...

Prop. 4 messages are mixed
Fresno Bee (subscription) - Fresno, CA, USA
said Robert Pennington of Fresno, director of Parents Right to Know California, a group that favors Prop. 4. "California parents are powerless against ...

Oct 23rd

Prop. 4 polls show slight lead with strong Latino support

The Tidings - Los Angeles, CA, USA
... a slim majority of California voters favor a statewide ballot initiative requiring greater parental notification before teenagers have abortions also ...

California Parental Notification on Abortion Measure Leads in ... - Helena, MT, USA
While pro-life advocates in California can rejoice that the parental notification measure has had a plurality in each poll leading up to the elections, ...

Law Enforcement Supports California Proposition 4 Regarding Abortion
By Jim Kouri
The use of secret abortions by sexual predators to hide their crimes explains why law-enforcement officials across California support Proposition 4, which has been endorsed by district attorneys Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, ...

Oct 21st

California Latinos Support Prop 4, Divided on Prop 8

By DW Alliance LLC
Latinos in California show clear support for Proposition 4, which would require parental notification before a minor terminates a pregnancy.

Your letters: Propositions
Ventura County Star - Camarillo, CA, USA
Sarah's Law will require a doctor to notify at least one adult family member before performing an abortion on an under-18-year-old girl. ...

Parental Notification Initiative Leads 52% to 33% Among Likely CA ...
MarketWatch - USA
A newly released survey of California voters shows support for Proposition 4 - a proposed law that requires a waiting period and parental notification ...

Oct 19th

Proposition 4: Safety before ideology
Ventura County Star - Camarillo, CA, USA
She gets a secret abortion and is sent back to the same abusive environment. Just this summer, the California Supreme Court ruled in a case that involved a ...

Proposition 4: What's wrong with respecting everyone's 'right to choose'?
Ventura County Star - Camarillo, CA, USA
Those who oppose Proposition 4 ask us to believe that a girl is mature enough to get pregnant, to make the decision to abort the fetus, to select a doctor to perform the abortion, and handle all post-abortion physical, moral and emotional issues...

Prop. 4: Strengthening the Family
La Prensa San Diego - San Diego, CA, USA
At issue is Proposition 4, the statewide ballot initiative that seeks to provide common-sense parental notification before the termination of a minor's ...

Oct 18th

Your letters: Propositions
Ventura County Star - Camarillo, CA, USA
But the study shows that, overall, both abortions and births decreased among minors after Texas passed its parental notification law...

Oct 16th

Prop. 4: Parental notification of abortion
The Modesto Bee - Modesto, CA, USA
In addition, the initiative provides for a "judicial waiver" for any teen wishing to avoid parental notification -- a process proven to work well in other ...

Props. 2 and 4
The Eureka Reporter - Eureka, CA, USA
... eggs not subject to California's current egg-producing standards could take their place in the market from other states or Mexico. PROPOSITION 4 would ...

Oct 15th

Yes on Prop. 4
Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek, CA, USA
This needs to be changed. Vote Yes on Prop. 4 to give California parents the opportunity to assist their teen's life altering choice.

Oct 14th

Planned Parenthood chooses not to report sexual abuse; Proposition ...
By George Vogt
"We see the same pattern being repeated all across the country," says Grace Dulaney, a spokeswoman for Yes on 4. "Planned Parenthood estimates that, in California alone, more than 1500 abortions are performed each year on girls age 14 ...

Proposition 4

KQED Radio - The California Report 
For the third time in the last four years, California voters are being asked to weigh-in on teen abortions. Proposition 4 would require doctors to notify parents at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on girls under age 18. ...

Oct 9th

"The abuse would have ceased immediately"

California Catholic Daily - San Diego, CA, USA
A veteran Southern California police investigator says family notification before a minor has an abortion would help stop the sexual abuse of young girls ...

Oct 7th

Parental rights proposition gets better

Paradise Post - Paradise, CA, USA
And such notification is a written notification in person or by mail. The in person variety can be done as an example "when a parent accompanied the minor ...

California Parental Notification Measure Tops 50 Percent.. - Helena, MT, USA
by Steven Ertelt Sacramento, CA ( -- The November ballot proposal that would allow parents in California to know when their minor daughters are ...

Oct 6th

Proposition 4 is just good, common sense
Los Angeles Daily News - Los Angeles, CA, USA
By Scott Harris Proposition 4 is a proposed amendment to the California Constitution that would prohibit abortions for an unemancipated minor until 48 hours ...

Oct 5th

This November's Top 10 Initiatives

Town Hall - Washington, DC, USA
California Proposition 4, Abortion Waiting Period and Parental Notification. Prop 4 requires a minor to wait 48 hours after a physician notifies a parent ...

Oct 4th

Yes on Prop. 4

Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Currently, in California, girls as young as 12 can and do receive abortions without their parents even knowing about the pregnancy. ...

It's crunch-time in California
World Magazine - Asheville, NC, USA
"It would be a very tough initiative to challenge on federal constitutional grounds," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Irvine ...

Oct 3rd

Parents should be informed

Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek, CA, USA
By Camille Giglio The only major medical procedure a teenage girl can have without her parents' knowledge is an abortion. A teen cannot go to a tanning ...

Proposition 4 protects girls
Los Angeles Times - CA, USA
Don't kid yourself into thinking that abortion providers take care to deal with such situations. Recently, in a California Supreme Court case, a 13-year-old ...

October 1st

Eduardo Verastegui Makes Spanish-language Ad for Yes on 4 Campaign

La Voz de Dalton - Dalton, GA, USA
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui is featured in a Yes on Proposition 4 television ad unveiled by the ...

Lies about proposed California Parental Notification Initiative ...
ProLife Blogs - USA
A syndicated California columnist named Tom Elias ran a column (Prop. 4 is deja vu for parental notification) on Tuesday making absolutely outrageous claims ...

Sept 30th

CA Voters Support Abortion Notify Measure

Christian Broadcasting Network - Virginia Beach, VA, USA
The poll shows that Latinos strongly support the notification measure. The initiative known as Proposition 4 would require parental notification, ...

Sept 27th

For the record

Los Angeles Times - CA, USA
Abortion measure: A headline in Wednesday's California section on an article about Proposition 4 said "Voters again face abortion consent bid," which ...

Sept 26th

Parental notification measure leads in poll
Sacramento Bee - CA, USA
In a new state Field Poll, Proposition 4, the third parental notification measure to hit the ballot in four years, is leading 49 percent to 41 percent among ...

California parental consent proposal leading in polls
Catholic News Agency - Denver ,CO, USA
"We've built a coalition of people, people who are pro-life and pro-choice, but our focus is on parental notification." Past campaigns, he said, ...

Field poll: Prop. 4 leads by slight margin, bolstered by solid ...

San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
By Julia Prodis Sulek With strong support from Latinos, a slim majority of California voters favor a statewide ballot initiative that would require doctors ...

California Parental Notification on Abortion Measure Gets Boost in ... - Helena, MT, USA
Among Hispanic voters, who now account for 17 percent of all voters in the state, support for the parental notification measure jumps to 62-31 percent....

Sept 25th

California Parental Notification on Abortion Leads in Poll, San ... - Helena, MT, USA
San Diego Union Tribune editorial on Tuesday slammed critics of the parental notification measure. ..

California religious leaders push for marriage amendment; pro ...
Catholic Culture - USA
... poll data showing a majority of voters in favor of a bid to require parental notification ...

Sept 24th

Steve Francis is back in his original conservative mode:

San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
One critical health issue I've been speaking about this fall is the importance of parental notification prior to a minor terminating a pregnancy. ...

Sept 22nd

Prop. 4 - Parents should be notified before teen's abortion

San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
Supporting Proposition 4 on the November ballot can keep parents as a guiding force in a turbulent world. Proposition 4 seeks to provide commonsense ...

Sept 20th

Proposition 4: Parental Notification About Abortion

Visalia Times-Delta - Visalia, CA, USA
Change the State Constitution to require a doctor to notify the minor's parent or guardian at least 48 hours before performing an abortion. ...

Sept 12th

Parental notice law back on ballot; faces well-funded foes

The Tidings - Los Angeles, CA, USA
By Michael Vick Pro-life groups are asking California voters to approve a measure that would prohibit abortions involving underage girls until 48 hours ...

Sept 11th

Voters decide on new teen abortion laws

Daily Aztec - San Diego, CA, USA
Proponents of the proposition say that an underage girl cannot get her cavity filled or be given an aspirin at school without parental consent, ...

Sept 10th

ELECTION 08: Calif. pro-lifers change strategy for 3rd parental ...

BP News - Nashville, TN, USA
California pro-lifers hope to change that Nov. 4, when voters will consider a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 4 that would require an abortion ...

Sept 9th

Underage abortion in California

OneNewsNow - Tupelo ,MS, USA
Delaney points out the ballot measure is not an attack on abortion but merely protects a parent's right to be informed, which is why 34 states have parental ...

Parental consent measure taps passions on both sides of abortion ...
Bakersfield Californian (subscription) - Bakersfield, CA, USA
At issue: Proposition 4, also called Sarah's Law, a measure on November's ballot requiring parental notification for pregnant minors seeking abortions. ...

"How long would this abuse have continued?"
California Catholic Daily - San Diego,CA,USA
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 ...

Sept 4th

California Pro-Life Advocates Say Their State Out of Touch on ... - Helena, MT, USA
Voters in the Golden State will have an opportunity to change that this November when they vote on Proposition 4. The Yes on 4 Campaign told on ...

Sept 3rd

Parental notice law back on California ballot

Your Diocese - Romeoville, IL, USA
It will be the third parental notification measure put forward in California in four years. Even though similar laws are on the books in more than 30 states ...

Aug 30th

Prop 4 Website Launches

By Rachel Allen
CA NOW Strongly Opposes Proposition 4 and is working with our allies and the Campaign for Teen Safety to encourage voters to vote NO On Prop 4! Proposition 4 threatens teen safety by mandating parental notification prior to a minor ...

Aug 27th

Prop 4 Fact Check

Christian News Wire (press release) - Washington, DC, USA
The Yes on 4 Campaign is a coalition of doctors, nurses, and educators working to pass Proposition 4/Sarah's Law because they care about the physical and ...

Aug 26th

Loads of cash

California Catholic Daily - San Diego,CA,USA
... a political campaign against Proposition 4. As of July 31, the various Planned Parenthood affiliates in California had contributed nearly $2 million to ...

Aug 22nd

Good News: California Judge Sides with Life Advocates on Ballot

CitizenLink - Colorado Springs, CO, USA
4, which would require abortionists to notify parents, guardians or family members 48 hours before performing abortions on minors...

Aug 12th

California judge OKs underage abortion horror stories for voter information pamphlet
Catholic News Agency
Sacramento, Aug 11, 2008 / 11:04 pm (CNA).- A California judge has ruled against Planned Parenthood and its allies...

Big Prop 4 Victory

MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 11 / Standard Newswire/ -- Judge Michael Kenny of the Sacramento Superior Court ruled Friday on a lawsuit brought by Prop 4 opponents against arguments in favor of Proposition 4 to be printed in the Official Voter Information Guide / Voter Pamphlet for the November 4, Presidential election.

California judge OKs underage abortion horror stories for voter ... Catholic News Agency - Denver,CO, USA The arguments reference the story of "Sarah," a 15-year-old who died in 1994 after suffering complications from a secretly obtained legal abortion, ...

Aug 6th

Yes on 4 to respond Friday
Scramento - CA, USA
The Yes on 4 - Sarah's Law campaign will respond to Planned Parenthood's lawsuit challenging Proposition 4's ballot language in a hearing on Friday, August 8, at 10:00 AM in Dept. 31 of Sacramento Superior Court...

JULY 23rd

State loves to change the law of the land
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
In 1987, the Legislature passed a law requiring girls younger than 18 to get consent of a parent or guardian before obtaining an abortion. ...

Fr. Pavone on Parental Notification: Translate Views into Votes
Christian News Wire (press release) - Washington, DC, USA
The parental notification measure, known as "Sarah's Law," will appear as Proposition 4 on California's November ballot.

JULY 22nd

Voters support parental notification initiative -- so far
Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek, CA, USA
SACRAMENTO - The campaign has yet to begin, but voters appear to support - at first blush - a ballot measure to require parental notification for pregnant ...

JULY 17th

Voter guide pamphlet Prop 4 arguments filed
On Thurs., July 17 the pro and con arguments and rebuttals for Prop 4 were turned into the Secretary of State. These arguments and rebuttals will be sent to more than 15 million registered voters in California in early October.
Click here to read the Yes argument.
Click here to read the No argument.
Click here to read the Rebuttal to the No argument.
Rebuttal to the Yes argument will be available on the Secretary of State website Tues., July 22.

High turnout expected for November vote
Whittier Daily News - Whittier,CA,USA
The initiatives range from requiring parents to be notified before an abortion is performed on a minor to a $5billion bond measure offering people $2000 to ....

JULY 14th

Pro-Life News: Abortion and Crime, Barack Obama, Catholics, Teen ... - Helena,MT,USA

In June, the California Secretary of State validated Sarah's Law, the latest version of the parental notification initiative, for the November 4 ballot. ...

JULY 11th

Supporters of 'Sarah's Law' Demand Investigation Into Improper Use ... Standard Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA The request is based on a pamphlet originally published in 2005 and again in 2006, with minor changes, encouraging opposition to parental notification laws ...

Anti-abortion measures will be on the state-wide November ballots ...
Feminist Majority Foundation - USA Also in California, a second measure to amend the state constitution is still in circulation. This initiative would ban abortion once a fetus becomes viable ...

JULY 10th

Supporters of ‘Sarah's Law’ Demand Investigation Into Improper Use of Public Funds Contact: Katie Short (805) 640-1940 
July 10, 2008 Today supporters of Proposition 4, Sarah's Law demanded that James Holst, General Counsel for the University of California Regents, investigate improper use of public funds and resources by The Bixby Center for Reproductive Health Research
Click here for text of letter

San Jose unit of Planned Parenthood contributes another $300K to ... PolitickerCA - Los Angeles,CA,USA The backers of the November ballot measure called "Sarah's Law - The Child and Teen Safety and Stop Predators Act."

JULY 5th

The Back Bench: There's an avalanche of ballot propositions
Coalinga Record - Hanford, CA, USA
Schwarzenegger, the California Common Cause organization and AARP have collaborated on a ballot initiative which is headed for the November ballot...

JULY 4th

Pro-Life Measure Makes in on November Ballot in California
The Conservative Voice - Kernersville,NC,USA -
This ballot measure made it on the ballot in one of the most liberal states in America and to do so had to garnish hundreds of thousands of signatures on...

JULY 3rd

It's Official - Sarah's Law is Proposition 4
Christian News Wire (press release) - Washington,DC -- Sarah's Law - Proposition 4 on the ballot this Nov. - will require a doctor to notify a family member before ...

JUNE 29th

Some of California's November ballot initiatives tug at personal ... Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
Predicting that the measure will fail, Kuehl said: "I have a very positive feeling about how the people of California will treat this initiative. ...

11 propositions make it onto November state ballot San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
Similar efforts were defeated at the ballot box in 2005 and 2006. Three of the initiatives wade into criminal law. Proposition 5 would boost treatment ...

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Oct 31st

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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