Local Elections

Parental abortion notice measure fails third time

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

California voters have rejected a ballot measure that would require doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor.

The defeat of Proposition 4 marks the third time in four years that supporters of the measure have failed to limit abortions for teenage girls.

The margin of defeat -- 52 percent to 48 percent -- was smaller than previous attempts and supporters say Wednesday they will try again to put the measure on the ballot.

The initiative was similar to laws in 35 states and would also require a two-day waiting period before a minor could get an abortion.

Opponents say Proposition 4 was a thinly disguised attempt to chip away at abortion rights.


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