Parental Notification Leads in California

In 2005 and 2006, Californians rejected ballot initiatives to require minors to notify their parents before having an abortion. But, it looks like the third time might ...
by | September 26, 2008
 

In 2005 and 2006, Californians rejected ballot initiatives to require minors to notify their parents before having an abortion. But, it looks like the third time might be the charm. From the Mercury News :

With strong support from Latinos, a slim majority of California voters favor a statewide ballot initiative that would require doctors to notify parents before teenagers have abortions, according to a Field Poll released today.

Similar parental notification measures have failed twice in California in the past four years. But the new poll found a slightly stronger base of support for Proposition 4 than the measures in 2005 and 2006, which also showed early leads in polls. Forty-nine percent of likely California voters favor Proposition 4, while 41 percent oppose it and 10 percent are undecided, according to the Field Poll.

Undecided voters who tend to oppose new initiatives could make a crucial difference on Election Day, but Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo sees a significant factor at play this year.

"If there's a shift going on, it's coming from the Latino voters," DiCamillo said. "Because this is a presidential election, Latino voters will constitute a larger proportion of the turnout than was true two years ago."

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