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Proposition 4: Stop the attack on a woman’s right to control her own body!
Woman of any age have the right to choose. California voters have rejected this attempt to restrict a woman’s right to choose two times (Prop. 73 in 2005 & Prop. 84 in 2006). We need to make sure that this proposition strikes out because it is part of a national effort to outlaw abortion all together. Whether you would personally choose to have an abortion or not, don’t give the government a blank check to control your body or any other woman’s body! 

Titled: 1287. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy.
See California Official Voter Information Guide Summary on Prop 4

This proposition amends the California Constitution to require, with certain exceptions, a physician to notify the parent or legal guardian of a pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion as well as add criminal penalties to physicians or other family members that assist in the accessing of the abortion.  If this proposition were a baseball player it would need to hit the showers. California voters have rejected this attempt to restrict a woman’s right to choose two times (Prop. 73 in 2005 & Prop. 84 in 2006). We need to make sure that this proposition strikes out because it is part of a national effort to outlaw abortion all together.

Woman of any age have the right to choose; a parent has no “right” to be informed. We would all probably agree that ideally young women and their parents would be able to have these conversations (and most do) but there are many reasons why a young woman would not want to tell her parents she is pregnant—from not wanting to put added stress on a parent that works two jobs to fearing physical or sexual abuse.   The bottom line is that a woman’s right to control her own body applies to all women, including women under 18. A young woman who is required to tell her parent/guardian in order to obtain an abortion will more likely try to terminate the pregnancy on her own through unsafe and even life-threatening means.  When abortion is restricted or outlawed, wealthy women are often still able to pay a doctor to perform the abortion, but a poor woman cannot afford such an option.  Their option is carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term or risking their health with unsafe, un-sterile, “back alley” abortions.

The right to choose is about the right to terminate a pregnancy, as well as the right to have children.  The U.S. Government has a long history of attempting to control the reproductive rights of oppressed nationality women—Indigenous, Black, Chicana/Latina, Asian—through forced sterilization and other coercive methods.  We must uphold the right of all women to defend the integrity of their own bodies, reflected in the protection against forced sterilization as well as access to birth control and safe abortions.  Whether you would personally choose to have an abortion or not, don’t give the government a blank check to control your body or any other woman’s body!  Though abortion is technically legal in this country, in reality access to abortion and reproductive health services is extremely limited, especially for low-income women and women of color. What is needed is an expansion not a restriction of reproductive health services.

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Also Opposed By

The ACLU Affiliates of California; Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California; CA Medical Association; CA Nurses Association; CA Teachers Association; CA School Counselors Association

Supporters

James Holman, San Diego newspaper publisher and major donor for past parental notification initiatives (Prop 73 and Prop 85); Right to Life California

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Jackie Hill,
on California's Proposition 4 (Parental Notification)



 

 

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