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Dueling ‘bubble’ ads for and against Prop. 4

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 4:44 pm in Elections.

Here’s a recently released ad from the campaign against Proposition 4, the proposed state constitutional amendment which would require doctors to inform the parent or guardian of a minor 48 hours before providing an abortion to that minor. It’s actually recycled from the campaign against Proposition 85 of 2006, a measure nearly identical to this year’s Proposition 4 which voters rejected 54.2 percent to 45.8 percent.

And here’s the “Yes on 4” folks’ response:

Actually, I see problems with both ads.

In the “No on 4” ad, it’s not necessarily true that abusive or violent parents would have to be notified; Proposition 4 provides that pregnant minors could petition a juvenile court to waive the notification requirement, presenting evidence that they’re mature and informed enough to decide whether to have an abortion or not or that parental notification wouldn’t be in their best interest. Opponents of the measure have noted it’s unlikely an abused, pregnant teen would be able to mount a court argument this way.

And in the “Yes on 4” ad, the victim in question had been impregnanted by her stepfather, who then oversaw her abortion; Planned Parenthood had no way of knowing this, and under Proposition 4, the stepfather could’ve accepted the parental notification without the mother ever knowing.

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