California Prelates Back Parental-Notification Measure

SACRAMENTO, California, OCT. 24, 2005 ( The California bishops’ conference has come in support of Proposition 73, which would amend the state’s constitution to require parental notification before a minor could undergo an abortion.

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The proposition, on the “Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy: Waiting Period and Parental Notification,” will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The proposed law, which has been called the “parents’ right to know” ballot measure by its sponsors, would require notification of parents or guardians of a minor 48 hours before her scheduled abortion, unless a judge determines that such notification place the minor “in danger.”

“We hold,” said the conference in a statement, “that both the young woman’s welfare and society’s common good are best served when family communication is promoted in public policy. A minor faced with a serious emotional, psychological and medical decision needs her parents — their love, their wisdom, their counsel.”

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