LA Times reports Prop 73, requiring parental notice of abortion, is likely to pass. "Nearly six in 10 men back Proposition 73, but women are split almost evenly." A lack of empathy, perhaps?
I tend to have a poor memory of my days as a "unemancipated minor," but I do recall that my maturity and intelligence was significantly underestimated in comparison to those age 18 and above. Unfortunately, as I get older, the cranky old man inside me exclaiming, "Damn kids these days!" has greater influence.
Perhaps a 17 year old needs guidance and help when facing an unwanted pregnancy, but so would a 18 year old or a 25 year old. I hope everyone facing what they might consider a difficult decision has thoughtful and caring people available to consult. I hope families have such good relationships that a teenager would feel comfortable talking with their parents. However, a teenager's parents are not always the best option. The fact a teenager has to deal with their parents may be the most stressful part of obtaining an abortion. Forcing a teen -- threatened with violence or coercion to keep the fetus -- to go through the court system to by-pass this requirement is simply cruel.
This law constitutes deterrence through bureaucracy. Where are the Republicans who are against red-tape? Protecting the environment? needless red-tape. Restrictions on medical care for women? Finally, a use for the courts.
The law (like most propositions) will become part of the State Constitution. This makes it difficult to change. And the proposition includes language that calls a developing embryo or fetus an "unborn child." This is one step to chip away at State and Federal Constitutional protection of women to have control over their bodies. I can imaging a future Chief Justice Roberts opinion citing the fact that "x number of States define abortion as 'causing the death of an unborn child.' See, Sec. 32(a)(1), Prop 73." in a holding overturning Roe and Casey.