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PROP 85

WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR’S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF PROPOSITION 85 ARGUMENT AGAINST PROPOSITION 85

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 pregnancies.

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 minor daughters.

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!

www.YESon85.net


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 political agenda.
• 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.

VOTE NO.

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, caring families.

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 DELAY.

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 OUR DAUGHTERS.

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 AT RISK.

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 CHOOSE.

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,
   California District

KATHY KNEER, CEO
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California


REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST
PROPOSITION 88

When parents learn their daughter is pregnant, ALMOST ALL RESPOND WITH LOVE AND SUPPORT.

PROPOSITION 85 OFFERS CLEAR BENEFITS TO YOUNG GIRLS:

• 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.

www.ChildPredators.com

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 MINORS.

Currently, the state PAYS FOR SECRET ABORTIONS FOR MINOR GIRLS. PUT PARENTS IN CHARGE, NOT THE GOVERNMENT!

VOTE “YES” on PROPOSITION 85! PROTECT OUR DAUGHTERS! See: www.YESon85.net

PROFESSOR TERESA STANTON COLLETT, J.D.
National Authority on Parental Notification   and Involvement Laws

JANE E. ANDERSON, M.D., FAAP, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

PROFESSOR JOSEPH R. ZANGA, M.D., FAAP, Past President
American Academy of Pediatrics


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