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Grand Old Party News
Schwarzenegger's Special Election Prompts Abortion Vote|
Monday, June 13, 2005 4:42 p.m. EDT
California voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots for a parental notification on abortion measure if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets his special election in November.
Proposition 1067 – which would require girls 17 and under to notify their parents before getting an abortion – needed about 600,000 signatures to get on the ballot. It has received more than 1 million.
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A Zogby poll published in June 2002 showed that 71 percent of Californians surveyed supported parental notification.
Katherine Spiller, executive director of the Feminist Foundation, told the Marin newspaper that the measure "endangers young women’s lives, period."
But the "Tell a Parent" initiative has the support of Monty Patterson, the father of Livermore, Calif., teen Holly Patterson, who died in September 2003 after using an abortion drug she received from Planned Parenthood.
Monty Patterson didn’t find out about the abortion until he was called to the hospital after his daughter began suffering serious complications, according to Lifenews.com.
The state Legislature passed a parental notification law in the mid-1980s, but the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1996, only to reverse itself two years later.
The new measure is a constitutional amendment that would not be subject to the state Supreme Court.
According to Lifenews.com, the amendment could reduce abortions in the state by 20,000 a year.