By now, all Registered Voters of the State of California will have received their Official Voter Information Guide which provides the Voter with all the necessary information to make an informed decision about the merits or demerits of the Propositions that will be in your Ballot on Election Day Tuesday November 8, 2005.
The Publisher of La Prensa San Diego recognizes the fact that there are very few media outlets which are directed to inform the Mexican American on the merits of the Initiatives being proposed. Our points of view on the Propositions are analyzed from the perspective of our community, their needs, and interests of the Mexican American voters. With these qualifications, the Board of Editors of La Prensa San Diego, will be submitting recommendations to you, the voters, that we hope will assist you on making your choices on this upcoming Election.
Proposition 73: An Amendment to the California Constitution which will define and prohibit an abortion being carried out on unemancipated minors, until 48 hours after a Physician notifies the minor’s parent/guardian. Except or with a parental waiver.in a medical emergency.
This measure does not require a physician or a minor to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. This measure applies only to those cases involving an “unemancipated” minor. The proposition identifies an unemancipated minor as being a female under the age of 18 who has not entered into a valid marriage, is not on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, and has not been declared free from her parents’ or guardians’ custody and control under state law.
The authors of PROPOSITION 73 made every effort to frame this proposition in a way that it does not make a judgment on the issue of abortion and does not deny the right of a minor to determine what happens to her body in the case of an unwanted pregnancy. This proposition does not stop a minor from receiving an abortion with or without the parents consent. This proposition requires a doctor to inform the parents or legal guardian of the pending operation/procedure.
An unwanted pregnancy for an adult is a difficult situation. For a young girl, it can become an extremely difficult situation. The fallout from notification of a planned abortion can be devastating. In order to avoid parents from finding out could lead teens back to the days of backroom abortions, or attempted self-abortions either of which could lead to a young child dying. Then there is the real possibility of a child who cannot bear the thought of their parents finding out and instead chooses suicide.
These are very real problems to consider and in an attempt to mollify the situation the authors of this bill have made it possible through legal means that the parent notification not be sent out when deemed as the prudent path to take.
But let us make no mistake about it, this procedure/operation comes with risk, physical and mentally. Dealing with post operative issues from an abortion is something that a young teen should not go through alone and this is not an issue that loving and caring parents should find out about as an afterthought. Parents have the right to know what is happening with their children may it be 17 or younger. Parents are ultimately responsible for whatever happens to their children.