Instead of spending my Sunday doing spreadsheets and reconciling last monthís bank statement (which I should get to one of these days real soon), I spent some time, between football games, a stock car race and a fairly compelling baseball game (with frequent checks of the Weather Channel), doing a little more research on the upcoming California election ballot. I admit I didnít get very far, but I decided to start at the top and work my way down.
Naturally, this being California and all, the first item on the ballot is Proposition 73. Its title, ďWaiting Period and Parental Notification Before Terminating Minorís Pregnancy,Ē doesnít even tell half the story.
For anyone who is pro-choice (and thatís most of us, despite what the anti-civil liberties wingnuts currently running the country would like us to believe), Proposition 73 is an insidious attempt to codify their definition of abortion as murder. Itís wrapped in a measure that deals with parental consent, but even if you believe that the government should get involved in family decisions, a yes vote here is a step toward outlawing all abortions for anyone of any age at any time. Donít let them tell you itís not, because thatís what itís really about.