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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Yes on Prop 85 - Protect California's Children

Tonight I saw a commercial in opposition to Prop 85, stating that proposition 85 would force a child to tell an abusive parent that she was having an abortion. The implication was that telling the parent could potentially put the child at risk of her parent harming her. The irony of that implication aside, it is frankly untrue. Proponents of the bill simply support abortion on demand, under any circumstances, any age, any time. The interest of the child is not their motive.

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)

(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.
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.

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

Blogging Delayed

Greetings! As you can tell from the date of my last post, I have not been very active as of late on this blog. Well, I have good reason. Last month my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and time has not been in excess since.

However, things have calmed down now and I hope that this hiatus is over.