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Indybay Feature
Tue Sep 6 2005
Pro-Choice Groups Argue for Young Women's Safety
Proposition 73 Would Have Required Parental Notification For Teens' Abortions
California's scheduled November 8th "Special Election" included Proposition 73, an initiative that would have required parents of teens to be notified 48 hours before they can have an abortion. The safety and health of young women would have been put in danger. Parental notification laws force teenagers to choose between talking with parents or having illegal, unsafe abortions. A poll showed that 48% of likely voters oppose this measure, demonstrating how close an election it was.

The No on 73 Campaign for Teen Safety said, "The real answer to teen pregnancy is prevention and strong, caring families -- not new laws that endanger our daughters. The best way to protect our daughters is to begin talking about responsible, appropriate sexual behavior from the time they are young, fostering an atmosphere that assures them they can come to us." The campaign held phone banking events in cities all over the state, which appeared to have been successful. Read more

No on 73 website | NARAL's Prop 73 Fact Sheet | The text of Proposition 73
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