A newly released survey of California voters shows support for Proposition 4 - a proposed law that requires a waiting period and parental notification before a girl under 18 is allowed to have an abortion. The initiative holds a 19 percentage point lead among likely voters, 52% to 33%. The survey was conducted for the Knights of Columbus by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion between September 28 and October 5, 2008.The survey shows that Proposition 4 has majority support among women (55% to 31%), Latinos (61% to 27%), those who are married (59% to 25%) and those age 45 or older (55% to 28%). The initiative also leads among men (49% to 34%). Those opposed include likely voters 18 to 29 years old (52% to 41%).The poll also shows that Proposition 4 leads by double digits in every region of California except the Bay Area, where a plurality of 48% is opposed.Among California likely voters, 75% say that parents or legal guardians have the right to know if their underage daughter is seeking an abortion.
A California proposition calling for parental notification before an abortion can be performed on a minor is holding on to a slight edge among voters, although a large number of those surveyed say they haven't made up their mind, according to a new poll.
The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 46 percent of voters favor Proposition 4, while 44 percent say they will vote no. Ten percent said they were unsure of how they will vote.
"Voters are closely divided on this issue," said Mark Baldassare, the institute's president and chief executive. "There's been very little movement on it in the last few months."
Interesting differences, yes?
Whatever the actual case may be, it's looking as though liberal California may well be on the verge of enacting a parental notification law. These laws do have a tendency to reduce abortions; many young girls discover to their amazement that their parents are much more likely to be supportive and welcoming of their new grandchild, whatever the circumstances, than they are to insist that he be killed. You would think that all sane people would want this kind of restriction on abortion, so that minors aren't having abortions, with all the possible surgical complications and so forth, without their parents even knowing about it.
But you'd be wrong. Barack Obama opposes parental notification. He also voted against prohibiting minors from crossing state lines to get abortions and against notifying parents when their minor daughter crosses state lines to get an abortion in another state. And if he's elected president and signs the Freedom of Choice Act, all such laws will immediately be nullified; the federal government will be taking the position that unfettered access to abortion is more important than the safety and health of minor girls who seek them.
If I do end up voting for John McCain in a few days, Obama's rabid support for abortion and especially his promise--or threat--to sign FOCA as his first act in office will be significant motivations. This is pure evil, and must be stopped.