California voters have rejected a ballot measure that would have required parental notification before a minor could get an abortion. 52 percent of voters said no to Proposition 4, while 48 percent supported it. It’s the third time in four years that such a measure has failed.
A spokesman for the Yes on 4 campaign, Albin Rhomberg says the fight is not over.
“It would be almost reprehensible not to continue to try and obtain these benefits for Californians that 34 other states have been enjoying. Of course we’re not prepared to give up on this, we’re considering another initiative.”
And, if that happens, opponents say they’re ready to battle it again. Deborah Ortiz is with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
“We are certainly grateful that the voters once again saw through the deception that would have put teens at risk and for the third time soundly defeated the initiative.”
Ortiz says Planned Parenthood poured in around eight million dollars to defeat the proposition – the Yes on 4 campaign reported spending about three million dollars.