Yes on Prop 85 - Protect California's Children
The text of the bill is clear.
Notice shall not be required under this Section if waived pursuant to this subdivision and subdivisions (h) or (i) or (j)Not only does this clearly present that children with abusive parents will be protected, but it goes one step beyond and reports the parents for their abuses! It's clear that this is in the best interest of children.
(h)(2) If the judge finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that notice to a parent or guardian is not in the best interests of the unemancipated minor, the judge shall authorize a waiver of notice. If the finding that notice to a parent or guardian is not in the best interests of the minor is based on evidence of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, the court shall ensure that such evidence is brought to the attention of the appropriate county child protective agency.
In the Article "Proposition 85 Parental notification can help stop statutory rape, child molestation" by Edith Black (published online at The Catholic Voice), informs us that
Yet studies across the country are now showing that most minor teenage pregnancies are the result of girls' sexual activity with adult men, not with their teenage peers. In California a study of 46,000 pregnant teenage girls showed that 71 percent of them were impregnated by adult men whose mean age was 22.6 years. Such sexual predators generally try to cover up their crime by arranging for their victim to have an abortion, sometimes even coercing them.With this in mind, it certainly seems that this proposition, if passed, would protect children by "fishing out" statutory rapists.
Proposition 85 is sound policy, with provisions to protect children with potentially abusive parents. It is sound policy, and should deserves passage.
Cross Posted at California Conservative