Voters say ‘NO!’ to California’s Proposition 4

Following the lead of South Dakota and Colorado, California voters failed anti-choice Proposition 4, a law that would require doctors to notify a minor’s parents 48 hours before performing an abortion.

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Two points for Pro-Choice

Measure 11 in South Dakota has been defeated, as has Colorado’s Definition of a Person Amendment.  Huge steps in these states for the pro-choice movement.  Thank you to all the voters and members and donors who made it possible to defeat these measures!

If you don’t succeed, try, try again

South Dakota, after the failed abortion ban of two years ago, is at it again. Anti-choice legislators have put Measure 11 on the ballot: essentially the same bill with an important, but weak, concession to victims of rape and incest. In Measure 11, abortion is allowed in the case of incest and rape – but only if the victim identifies her attacker, a DNA test proves that it his child, and the abortion occurs before 20 weeks. Abortions would be allowed to protect the health of the mother, but only if the failure of a major organ is at stake. What does this mean? Women with breast cancer would not be allowed to pursue chemotherapy treatments because the chemo may cause a miscarriage (and technically, in breast cancer, a major organ is not at stake).

These minimal exceptions seem to have made a big difference in the polls: where the abortion ban was shot down by a good margin two years ago (56%-44%), preliminary polls are showing almost a dead heat this time around (44%-44%). But are these exceptions even viable?

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