Dr. Connie Mitchell is a nationally recognized expert on the health care of victims of violence and abuse. She serves on the AMA National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse and is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.
If Prop 85 passes, teens in California will be forced to wait until their parents are notified before having an abortion. The more I think about the impact this initiative could have on young women in my state, the more I've found myself contemplating what passing this law would mean in real life. Just how long will a pregnant young woman have to wait before she can have an abortion?
RH Reality Check has featured several guest bloggers writing about Prop. 85. If passed, this ballot initiative would prohibit abortions for California teens until 48 hours after their parents have been notified.
Dr. Connie Mitchell is a nationally recognized expert on the health care of victims of violence and abuse. She serves on the AMA National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse and is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. This is another in a series of posts looking at the ballot initiative in California.
Last week, I read an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee from a doctor who supports parental notification legislation. In his op-ed, Dr. John Gisla argued that Proposition 85 is "simple, common sense legislation." I completely disagree. Prop. 85 is neither simple nor common sense, nor is it necessary. Let's look at the facts.
Dian Harrison is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. This is the first of a series of posts about California's Parental Notification Ballot Inititiative.
October is "Let's Talk Month." It's a great opportunity to let the young people in your life know that you are there for them and ready to help, even when they are facing issues that can be tough to talk about, like sexual health.
Research has shown that teens that have good communication with their families are more likely to delay becoming sexually active and are also more likely to be safe if they do become active. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, "Teens who are close to their parents and feel supported by them are more likely to abstain from sex, wait until they are older to begin having sex, have fewer sexual partners, and use contraception more consistently."
Bobby writes for No on 85 – the Campaign for Real Teen Safety.
Editor's note: This begins our coverage of California Proposition 85, which would prohibit abortions for California teens until 48 hours after their parents have been notified.
Just in case you thought the fight over Prop. 85 [img_assist|nid=586|title=Dr. Laura|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=85|height=100]wasn't being watched carefully by conservatives across the country, Dr. Laura Schlessinger clarified the issue for all of us. In an op-ed that ran in the Santa Barbara News Press last month, Dr. Laura—famous for her vitriolic rants and spastic advice—suggested Planned Parenthood is somehow threatening the future well-being of our daughters.
"Kids are traumatized by so many things: pimples, fat, learning problems in school, bullying and so forth," Schlessinger wrote. "I don't think it helps our daughters' future well-being to have the memory of terminating the lives of their never-first-born children… But this is exactly what Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters want for your daughter: that indelible, ugly memory for the rest of her life."