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Anti-Abortion Measure Voted Down for Third Time

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Proposition 4, which would have required doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions, was voted down yesterday 52.3% to 47.7%. The breakdown in Los Angeles County was 53.6% (no) to 46.4% (yes).

So, in the spirit of making ourselves very clear (thanks, John McCain, for the inspiration: “The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly”), here’s a brief memo to proponents of the initiative.

Jim Holman, Don Sebastiani, Katie Short*, et al.: Well, it’s been three years in a row now that we’ve seen your mugs pop up around election time. You began your attempts to chip away at reproductive rights, via parental notification initiatives, in our lovely state when you introduced Prop 73 in 2005. In addition to forcing pregnant teens into desperate situations, it included language that would have defined a fetus as an unborn child, which you knowingly placed in there to open the door for abortion access to be legislated against in the future. When voters said "no," you tried to trick us into believing that we were voting for something different by changing a few words in the initiative to turn it into Prop 85 in 2006, and doing the same thing to 85 to turn it into this year's Prop 4. You tried to make us believe that you were taking our concerns into consideration, when in fact you were refusing to listen to us not once, but twice.

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This year, you brought out the big guns. You tried everything in your arsenal to sell us on Prop 4. You used a scare tactics by falsely claiming that this initiative would do something to stop child predators. Your advertisements took the fear-mongering to a new level (not to mention that they were poorly acted, which we frankly take great issue with here in Los Angeles). You lied about the young woman for whom the initiative was named for (no, we haven’t forgotten that “Sarah” doesn’t exist). You even tried to hide your real agenda with misleading Op-Eds.

Sure enough, these parental notification initiatives have brought out the worst in you. But here’s the bottom line: California won't fall for it. We’ve voted down your misguided, ideological initiative for the third time in a row because the majority of us are more interested in making sure that teens are safe and have access to medical care than in helping you advance your transparent, anti-abortion agenda. In short, you have your answer. My advice to you at this point is to BACK THE F*#& OFF, once and for all. Stop wasting our time and our money. Stop lying to us. And stop trying to shove your extreme agenda down our throats. You lost. Go home.

*Jim Holman of San Diego and Don Sebastiani of Sonoma have been the major funders of all recent parental notification initiatives in California: Props 73, 85 and 4. Katie Short has been a co-author of each initiative and a leading spokeswoman.

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