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.
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.
"A father in California came home unexpectedly early from work one day to find his
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Click here to listen to the responses of over 90
California abortion centers to phone caller seeking underage abortion.
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