Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

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

Before you read this story...
Dear reader, we're asking for your help to keep local reporting available for all. Your financial support keeps stories like this one free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.
5b2c5d924488b30009281a27-original.jpg

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.

Photo by atomicShed via Flickr