Sunday, September 18, 2005

California's Parental Notification Proposition

Whatever the merits of the provision in Proposition 73, scheduled to be on California's November ballot, that doctors must notify parents and guardians in writing 48 hours before performing an abortion on a girl under 18 (and that's a debate worth having), the provision in the measure that defines abortion as "causing the death of the unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born," strikes me as a deal breaker. As much as proponents of the measure will push the parental notification provision as the key to the measure, and as appealing as that sounds to many parents, it's the provision defining abortion, which will get the camel's nose that is outlawing abortion into the tent, that is their true goal.
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