Proposition 73: Parental Notification
Proposition 73 may be the most controversial initiative on the November ballot. The measure requires parents to be notified before their minor child can have an abortion.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
To hear perspectives from both sides of Proposition 73, we turn to two mothers of teenaged daughters. Tina Jacobson of Elk Grove has four girls ranging in age from seven to 16. Jacobson’s pro 73 opinion is shaped, in part, by her experience as a pregnant teen. “I was a mess when I had an abortion at 18 and I did go to my mother and I did have her by my side. I could not imagine going though that by myself.”
The measure would prohibit a doctor from performing an abortion until two days after a girl’s parent or guardian is contacted. Jacobsen says it’s all about basic parental rights. I think it’s very important for parents to be notified if something that drastic happens to a child. They can’t get a tooth pulled they can’t get an aspirin at school; they can’t get a tattoo without parental consent. Why can they have an abortion?
On the other side is Marybeth Bijack of Sacramento, she has two daughters ages 11 and 15 "I’d want to know too as a mom, if my daughter is going to have an abortion. I hope she’ll come to me, I pray she would come to me."
Bijack says Prop 73 could endanger girls who come from troubled homes. "How does it work for the kid who was molested by her dad? How does it work for the kid whose parents are going to beat her up or kick her out. Work on your own relationship with your kid. Don’t ask the government for a one size fits all solution."
Backers of Prop 73 include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and several anti-abortion groups. Opponents include Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.