IN CALIFORNIA, a daughter under 18 can’t get aspirin
from the school nurse, get a flu shot, or have a tooth pulled
without a parent knowing.
BUT, UNBELIEVABLY, surgical or chemical abortions
can be secretly performed on minor girls—even 12-year-olds—without parents’ knowledge.
PARENTS are then not prepared to help young daughters
with the serious physical, emotional, or psychological
complications which may result from an abortion or to protect
their daughters from further sexual abuse, exploitation, and
A study of over 46,000 pregnancies of SCHOOL-AGE GIRLS
in California found that over two-thirds were impregnated by
ADULT MEN whose mean age was 22.6 years.
Investigations have shown that secret abortions on minors
in California are RARELY REPORTED to child protective
services although these pregnancies are evidence of statutory
rape and sexual abuse. This leaves these girls vulnerable to
further SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPES, pregnancies, abortions,
and sexually transmitted diseases.
That’s why more than ONE MILLION SIGNATURES were submitted to allow Californians to vote on the “Parents’
Right to Know and Child Protection” / Proposition 85.
PROP. 85 will require that doctors notify a parent or
guardian at least 48 hours before performing abortions on
PARENTS AND DAUGHTERS in more than 30 other
states have benefited for years from laws like Prop. 85. Many
times, after such laws pass, there have been substantial
reductions in pregnancies and abortions among minors.
When parents are involved and minors cannot anticipate
secret access to free abortions they more often avoid the reckless
behavior which leads to pregnancies. Older men, including
Internet predators, are deterred from impregnating minors when
secret abortions are not available to conceal their crimes.
If she chooses, a minor may petition juvenile court
to permit an abortion without notifying a parent. She can
request a lawyer to help her. If the evidence shows she is
mature enough to decide for herself or that notifying a parent
is not in her best interests, the judge will grant her petition.
The proceedings must be confidential, prompt, and free. She
may also seek help from juvenile court if she is being coerced
by anyone to consent to an abortion.
POLLS SHOW most people support parental notification
laws. They know that a minor girl—pregnant, scared, and
possibly abandoned or pressured by an older boyfriend—NEEDS the advice and support of a parent.
PARENTS have invested more attention and love in raising
their daughter, know her personal and medical history better,
and care more about her future than STRANGERS employed
by abortion clinics PROFITING from performing many
abortions on minors.
A minor still has a legal right to obtain or refuse an abortion,
but a parent can help her understand all options, obtain
competent care, and provide medical records and history.
An informed parent can also get PROMPT CARE for hemorrhage, infections, and other possibly fatal complications.
VOTE “YES” on PROPOSITION 85 TO ALLOW
PARENTS TO CARE FOR AND PROTECT THEIR MINOR
DAUGHTERS’ WELL-BEING, HEALTH, and SAFETY!
WILLIAM P. CLARK
California Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)
MARY L. DAVENPORT, M.D., Fellow
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
PROFESSOR JOSEPH R. ZANGA, M.D., FAAP, Past President
American Academy of Pediatrics
|REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR
OF PROPOSITION 85
NO LAW CAN FORCE FAMILIES TO COMMUNICATE.
Of course, parents rightfully want to be involved in their
teenagers’ lives, but in the REAL WORLD, some teenagers
live in dangerous homes. Some parents are violent or sexually
abuse their daughters.
IN THE REAL WORLD, Proposition 85:
• WON’T STOP CHILD PREDATORS. Backers are
exploiting our fear of predators to advance their own
• WON’T REDUCE TEEN PREGNANCY.
• PUTS TEENS AT RISK. Scared, pregnant teens from
abusive families won’t go to court . . . but they may resort
to dangerous back-alley abortions—or even consider suicide.
• MEANS DANGEROUS DELAYS IN CRITICAL
MEDICAL CARE. The New England Journal of
Medicine reported that, after a law like this took effect, some pregnant teens waited months to seek care, getting
riskier second trimester abortions.
The California Supreme Court found “overwhelming”
evidence that similar laws in other states cause real harm to
teenagers and families.
Don’t be misled.
For ninety years, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted
provider of quality healthcare. Caring staff counsel pregnant
teens to talk to parents—and most do.
Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics
COMPLY WITH ALL CALIFORNIA LAWS ON CHILD
ABUSE REPORTING. To charge NOW that they protect
criminals is ridiculous. DHHS’s Offi ce of Inspector
General’s recent investigation didn’t find evidence of a
single reporting violation.
The San Jose Mercury News says Proposition 85 is “PART
OF A LARGER STRATEGY TO CHIP AWAY AT LEGALIZED
ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES.”
Prop. 85 threatens teens . . . and a whole lot more.
DONNA W. CHIPPS
Executive Vice President
League of Women Voters of California
BO GREAVES, M.D., President
California Academy of Family Physicians
JEANNE A. CONRY, M.D., Vice Chair
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
District IX California
DOCTORS AND NURSES, including the California
Medical Association, the California Nurses Association,
American Academy of Pediatrics-California District,
California Academy of Family Physicians, and the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists-District IX
California, STRONGLY OPPOSE PROPOSITION 85.
They understand that while PARENTS RIGHTFULLY
WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THEIR TEENAGERS’
LIVES, in the real world, SOME California TEENAGERS
COME FROM HOMES where they can’t talk to their parents, where there is violence, or WHERE A FAMILY MEMBER
HAS SEXUALLY ABUSED THEM.
THESE TEENS CAN’T GO TO THEIR PARENTS.
They fear being kicked out of their homes, beaten, or worse. Proposition 85 forces these teens to delay critical medical
care or turn to self-induced or illegal back-alley abortions. Some will go across the border; some will suffer serious
injuries or even consider suicide.
PROPOSITION 85 PUTS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY
OF TEENAGERS AT RISK.
No law can mandate good family communication. The
real answer to teen pregnancy and abortion is strong, caring
families and comprehensive sex education, including abstinence. But sadly, not all California teens live in homes with strong,
For OUR MOST VULNERABLE TEENAGERS—those
who most need protection—PROPOSITION 85 PUTS THEM
IN HARM’S WAY OR FORCES THEM TO GO TO COURT.
FORCING A SCARED, PREGNANT TEENAGER
who can’t go to her parents INTO CALIFORNIA’S
OVERCROWDED COURT SYSTEM WON’T WORK—
AND COULD CAUSE TEENS MORE HARM. Courts are
already backlogged, there’s a lot of red tape, and they are hard
to navigate, even for adults.
Think about it. The teen is scared, pregnant, her family might
be abusive. SHE DOESN’T NEED A JUDGE. SHE NEEDS A
COUNSELOR AND GOOD MEDICAL CARE—WITHOUT
Proposition 85’s new bureaucratic rules WON’T GUARANTEE
that parents are notified. Who will sign for the mail? What happens
when the mail is delayed, or the parents aren’t home, or the teen
intercepts the letter?
The real answer to teen pregnancy is prevention and
caring families—NOT NEW LAWS THAT ENDANGER
AND PROPOSITION 85 IS NOT ABOUT PROTECTING
TEENS FROM OLDER MEN AND SEXUAL PREDATORS.
Clinics already provide counseling about responsible
behavior and report illegal activities.
Proposition 85 won’t reduce teen pregnancy rates,
can’t force families to communicate, is complicated and
unworkable . . . and is not about predators—BUT IT WILL PUT GENERATIONS OF CALIFORNIA’S TEENAGERS
WE ALL MUST CARE enough about Proposition 85 to
VOTE NO because DEFEATING Prop. 85 is about KEEPING
OUR DAUGHTERS SAFE and PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO
SUPPORTERS of Proposition 85—including the Traditional
Values Coalition, Evangelicals for Social Action, and Right
to Life of Central California—ARE THE SAME PEOPLE
WHO WANT TO OVERTURN ROE v. WADE and BAN
ALL ABORTIONS. Despite what they say, Proposition 85
ISN’T ABOUT PARENTAL RIGHTS; IT’S ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA.
Join PARENTS, DOCTORS, NURSES, PLANNED
PARENTHOOD, and THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN
VOTERS OF CALIFORNIA and VOTE NO on 85. For more
information about REAL TEEN SAFETY, VISIT OUR
WEBSITE, www.noon85.com. VOTE NO ON PROP. 85.
JACK LEWIN, M.D., CEO
California Medical Association
ROBERT L. BLACK, M.D.
American Academy of Pediatrics,
KATHY KNEER, CEO
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
|REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST
When parents learn their daughter is pregnant, ALMOST
ALL RESPOND WITH LOVE AND SUPPORT.
PROPOSITION 85 OFFERS CLEAR BENEFITS TO
• The parent can assist her daughter in selecting a doctor. Many
abortion clinics employ doctors who have been disciplined
by the medical board for INCOMPETENCE, NEGLIGENCE,
CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, OR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. Many have been cited by health officials for UNSAFE CONDITIONS.
• An informed parent can respond quickly to post-abortion
complications. Abortion complications can result in
permanent injury, even death. Teens who have secret
abortions often delay seeking treatment. PARENTS WHO
DON’T KNOW, CAN’T HELP.
• Parents who learn their daughters are victims of sexual
assaults can intervene to protect them. Many abortion
providers CHOOSE NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE,
abandoning these girls to FURTHER SEXUAL ABUSE.
In the rare case of familial abuse, a court will permit a
minor to obtain an abortion without notifying a parent—then notify child protective services so she can be helped, NOT LEFT VULNERABLE TO FURTHER HARM.
A parent of two young teenage daughters, GOVERNOR
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER said it would be
“. . . THE ULTIMATE OF BEING OUTRAGED . . .” if
someone took his daughter for a secret abortion.
OVER THIRTY STATES already have laws like PROPOSITION 85, and THEIR EXPERIENCE SHOWS
THESE LAWS REDUCE MINORS’ PREGNANCY AND
ABORTION RATES WITHOUT DANGER AND HARM TO
Currently, the state PAYS FOR SECRET ABORTIONS
FOR MINOR GIRLS. PUT PARENTS IN CHARGE, NOT
VOTE “YES” on PROPOSITION 85! PROTECT OUR
DAUGHTERS! See: www.YESon85.net
PROFESSOR TERESA STANTON COLLETT, J.D.
National Authority on Parental Notification and
JANE E. ANDERSON, M.D., FAAP, Clinical Professor of
PROFESSOR JOSEPH R. ZANGA, M.D., FAAP, Past President
American Academy of Pediatrics