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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, which is leading the coalition against the measure, has raised about $1.6 million for its campaign. Other opponents include the American Civil Liberties Union, the California National Organization for Women and the California Nurses Association. Opponents note that teen pregnancy and abortion rates in California have been steadily declining over the past decade. The teen pregnancy rate in California dropped from about 70 per 1,000 female teens in 1970 to 44 per 1,000 in 2001, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. The abortion rate has also dropped, according to some estimates. Although the state itself does not maintain complete data, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit research group that supports abortion rights, projects that the state rate among women ages 15-19 has dropped from 76 per 1,000 in 1988 to 36 per 1,000 in 2005. The proposition’s authors anticipated concerns about teens from broken and abusive homes, and included a provision that allows teens to seek court approval for an exemption to the notification. But opponents say that expecting a scared teenager to understand and navigate the court system and discuss her unplanned pregnancy and difficult family situation with a judge is unrealistic. SACRAMENTO – Opponents of Proposition 73 say it would pose health risks to pregnant teens, forcing them to resort to illegal abortions or travel out of state for the procedure. And, opponents add, teens from dysfunctional homes where they may suffer physical or sexual abuse would have an especially difficult time telling their parents they are pregnant. “At first, it sounds like common sense that parents would want to know what happens to their daughters – and I as a parent would love to know what’s happening with my daughters, too,” said Mary-Jane Wagle, president of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “But when you begin to think a little more about what happens in the real world, you realize that the parent-notification requirement doesn’t work for every family and every situation, and could cause very dangerous situations for teens who feel they cannot tell their parents.” “The reality is that to expect a young person to stand in front of a judge and discuss these issues that are so private and intimate with a virtual stranger is ludicrous,” said Dr. Johanna Olson of Encino, who specializes in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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