This is about Parents’ Rights


The Parental notification Initiative looks to be on it’s way to qualifying for the next statewide ballot. The media and pro-abortion activists are doing everything possible to make this issue about abortion. But isn’t it really about a parent’s right to raise their children?

The San Francisco Chronicle article entitled “Abortion initiative shifts vote climate:Special election would no longer belong to governor”, starts off:

A fight over the ever-divisive abortion issue threatens to pull the spotlight from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to put measures to change state government on a special election ballot in November.

Why do liberals persist in attacking this matter as an abortion issue? Because they know when it is couched as a matter of Parental Rights, they lose. Even liberal politicians cannot justify usurping parents’ rights by allowing abortions on their children without their knowledge.

Last January, for example, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., told a crowd at a rally marking the 32nd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion, that she supported a parental notification law that would include exceptions for teenagers estranged from their families.

A few days later, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who touted his pro-choice credentials during the 2004 presidential campaign, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “I am for parental notification.”

Does this mean that Hillary Clinton and John Kerry support parents’ rights? Not necessarily. More likely, it means that they can read polls.

A May 2002 Field Poll showed that while 63 percent of the state’s registered voters supported abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy, a nearly identical 62 percent backed a strict law that would require teenagers younger than 18 to get their parents’ consent before obtaining an abortion.

With such overwhelming support for parental consent, it should be no problems passing parental notification. But it won’t be approved without a fight.

Groups such as Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have vowed to fight the measure if it makes the ballot.

The initiative is political overkill, said Justine Sarver, vice president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California…

With the abortion industry on the unpopular side of this issue, it will be interesting to see the angle they take in opposing this initiative. I can see their slogan now:

Give us your babies, so that we can kill their babies!

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Craig DeLuz

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