The first is Prop. 73, which requires parents to be notified when a minor gets an abortion. Under current law, a California parent can not even always get his child's medical records. I will vote for Prop. 73. This is a no-brainer. I cannot see any circumstances when a parent should be denied his child's medical records. None.
The opposition to Prop. 73 comes from pro-abortion radicals who want children to have sexual relations and get abortions with their parents' knowledge.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once advocated lowering the age of consent for girls to 12. Prof. Volokh has posted a theory for how Ginsburg could have pushed something so wacky. Under his theory, Ginsburg intended to lower the age of consent for girls to 12, but only when the girl is having sex with a boy who is age 17 or younger. Because of a possible drafting error, the condition on the boy's age was omitted, and her written recommendation was to lower the age of consent for girls to 12 in all cases.
At any rate, Ginsburg's recommendations were widely circulated and supported among radical feminists, and she has never retracted them or claimed that any mistake was made. There are feminists who believe that 12-year-old girls should have the freedom to have sexual relations, get pregnant, and get an abortion without their parents ever knowing.
Volkoh is making a fool of himself. It's common knowledge that the ACLU mindset is to dramatically lower the age of consent. There are a variety of reasons for this. Planned Parenthood makes money and political mileage out of pregnant 12 and 13-year-olds. Homosexuals also want lower ages of consent for recruitment and more sex. The porno industry has made megabucks by featuring young teenagers. One of its biggest stars of ten years ago was underage, until prosecutors ruined the operation.Prop. 73 does not require parental approval for the abortion; it only requires that the parents be told. Actually, it doesn't even require that, because the minor child can still avoid it by getting a judge's approval.
Ginsburg's 12-year-old consent proposal was and is mainstream for the Left. The only surprise is that Volkoh doesn't know this, or won't admit it.
For example, just one search on the internet will turn up many liberals who want dramatically lower age of consent laws. In the very first website I pulled up, it says:Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline told reporters, ?The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) states specifically in its brief that it is a constitutional right for any child age 13 and older to consent to have sex with anyone.?