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Polling Shows Gap Closing on Anti-Abortion Measure, Prop 4

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As election day closes in, a Field Poll shows 45% of voters in favor and 43% opposed to Prop 4 (parental notification for minor's abortions). An earlier Field Poll, from September of this year, showed the initiative ahead by 49% to 41%. If history is any indicator of the outcome, it's heartening to know that nearly identical initiatives from the past two election cycles (Prop 85 and Prop 73) were also leading in the polls before election day and wound up being voted down.

LAist has followed Prop 4 through en-dorse-ments, ads, and court hearings, and it seems pretty clear that the proposition has made it this far by relying on fear-mongering and lying. If this kind of campaign works, leading to an ideology-based, anti-abortion amendment to the Constitution of what is supposedly one of the most progressive states in the Union, it's a little scary to think of the implications not only for California, but for the rest of the country as well.

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