PRO: Parents want to be told about abortions

first_img “I have four daughters, and I believe that if anything is going to medically take place within any of my daughters’ bodies, I should be informed of that,” Jacobson said. “The initiative is not about whether or not I consent to it being done, it’s just a matter of me being informed and knowing what’s happening with my daughters.” Jacobson added that she had an abortion at age 18 and discussed it with her mother. “I know I was able to get through it, but only because I was able to talk to my mother about it, and she was able to stand by me and support it,” Jacobson said. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Life on the Ballot, the main committee promoting the measure, has raised about $1.2 million, a relatively small amount compared with the tens of millions of dollars raised for several other measures on the November ballot, but competitive with the $1.6 million raised by opponents of the measure. The strongest support for the measure – authored by Paul and Barbara Laubacher, Catholic parents and registered nurses in the Sacramento area – comes from Catholic and anti-abortion groups such as the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, the California Prolife Council, the Traditional Values Coalition and the Campaign for Children and Families. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also supports the measure. Supporters argue that when parents must consent to their minor children receiving an aspirin at school or going on a field trip, they should at least be informed when their children are undergoing an abortion. Tina Jacobson, a parent in Elk Grove, said she would want to know if one of her daughters was undergoing the procedure. SACRAMENTO – Supporters of Proposition 73, which would require parents to be notified 48 hours before a minor undergoes an abortion, say parents are entitled to information about their children’s activities, particularly involving a medical procedure. “This is about notification – it’s not about overturning Roe v. Wade,” said Stan Devereux, spokesman for the Life on the Ballot Committee, the main group behind the measure. “It’s not about abortion. It’s about parental rights.” The measure would require a physician to give a parent or guardian written notice in person or by mail 48 hours before performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor under age 18. It does not require parental consent. The measure also would allow exceptions in cases including medical emergencies, court orders and waivers signed in advance by a parent. last_img read more