With all the (justified) focus on Prop 8, Prop 4 has been sneaking under the radar. Folks, we've said no to this twice already, but we MUST say no, No, and NO AGAIN on this dangerous parental notification measure.
Today we get word from the state's most reliable pollster, Field, that Prop 4 is narrowly leading (PDF here):
Proposition 4, the initiative to require parental notification for abortion by minors, is holding a slim lead in the latest Field Poll. The poll finds that 49% of likely voters intend to vote Yes, while 41% are on the No side. Another 10% are undecided.
This eight-point Yes-side edge compares to a nine-point advantage (48% to 39%) observed by the poll in July.
Prop. 4 is the third attempt in the past four years by backers to pass a parental notification initiative. In each of the two previous attempts Proposition 73 in the November 2005 special election and Proposition 85 in the November 2006 general election California voters narrowly rejected thes previous parental notification initiatives.
Unfortunately, the right-wing just keeps coming with these things. Perhaps as part of any future constitutional conventions, we could regulate repeat initiatives? Either way, it's too late for that now. We must defeat Prop 4.