Dian Harrison is President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.
We did it! On November 7, Californians defeated a dangerous parental notification initiative for the second year in a row. Proposition 85 suffered an even greater defeat than last year's Proposition 73, proving once again that when voters understand the dangerous consequences of notification laws and the anti-choice motives behind them, they vote "No."
As a member of the Campaign for Real Teen Safety, PPGG was part of an incredible coalition of doctors, nurses, teachers, civil rights, labor and LGBT groups.
California was not alone. Pro-choice voters across the nation came out to protect women's health and rights. Oregon voters defeated a parental notification initiative in their own state, and South Dakotans rejected a truly abominable ban on all abortions. Pro-choice advocates gained seats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. We are looking forward to advancing prevention-based policies in 2007!
Tables courtesy of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (current as of 12/6/06)