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Vote NO on Prop 1
Because this issue is important, I am deviating from my normal course of avoiding politics on my blog. Please share this!
“Proposition 1 is very extreme. If you don’t believe that it’s okay to abort a 9-month-old baby, then you must vote NO on Proposition 1.” Dr. Alveda King
Abortion Isn’t Just Politics
It doesn’t matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life.
At some point, most people agree that abortion would be cruel and unusual. At some point, everyone agrees it’s a tiny human being waiting to be born! (Just ask any pregnant couple who have seen their ultrasounds!)
Is it 13 weeks? 20 weeks? 24 weeks? (current California law unless danger to Mom).
What is an abortion?
If you do not know what an abortion entails, please educate yourself by watching this video.
California is Trying to Remove ALL Limits on Abortion
California is attempting to change its Constitution to erase all limits on abortion, and I feel I need to speak out.
I was recently asked to comment on Prop 1 by a non-partisan, educational website, Opportunity Now, so I am sharing it with this week’s blog.
The current law, California Health and Safety Code 123466, states: “The state may not deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose or obtain an abortion prior to viability of the fetus, or when the abortion is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.”
The Dobbs decision did not change California law. Read Dobbs.
Proposition 1 (Prop 1)
Proposed Prop 1 (Senate Constitutional Amendment 10) states: “The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This section is intended to further the constitutional right to privacy guaranteed by Section 1, and the constitutional right to not be denied equal protection guaranteed by Section 7. Nothing herein narrows or limits the right to privacy or equal protection.”
The operative words “fetal viability” and “women’s health” are missing in the proposed Prop 1, removing any limits for abortions.
No limits means no limits!
The only purpose of California’s proposed amendment is to enshrine abortion up to the moment of birth in its state constitution. It even goes far beyond what was allowed under Roe v. Wade.
Most Americans DO NOT support late-term abortions!
Most Americans do not support late-term abortions.
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, only 13% of Americans favor allowing abortion in the last three months of pregnancy—something this proposed amendment would allow. And Gallup polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans oppose abortions during the second trimester.
In addition, 75% of nations either don’t permit abortions at all or limit them at 12 weeks. Only a small handful of countries in the world allow abortion on demand past the point of viability—countries like North Korea and China.
Since most do not support late-term abortions, Prop 1 is unnecessary. (and dangerously permissive!)
It will open the door for late-term abortions (permission by omission) and go against what people support.
Prop 1 Will Tax Californians For Out of State Abortions
With California taxpayers already facing soaring inflation, sky-high gas prices, and unaffordable housing, most voters oppose taxpayer funding for abortions, especially to pay the expenses for abortion-seekers from other states.
“The amount of money California taxpayers will be paying for abortions is staggering,” said Richard Temple of California Together.
“$205 million in new funding was approved in June 2022, and now $20 million more to pay for travel expenses for those coming to our state specifically to get an abortion. It’s outrageous.”
“All this money can be attached to Proposition 1 on the November ballot, a constitutional amendment that will not confirm state abortion law but expand it to include the latest term abortions possible — up to the moment before birth — without a patient’s doctor approving or even being consulted. Clearly the Legislature is expecting the number of abortions in California to skyrocket, including people coming from out-of-state. And California taxpayers will be footing the bill. ”
Late Term Abortions for Any Reason, Up Until Birth, Even if Mother is in No Danger
“When voters learn that Proposition 1 allows late-term abortion for any reason, up to the moment of birth, even if the mother is in no danger, they’re going to have a problem with that. And when voters learn millions are being spent on out-of-state travel expenses, funds that will now be unavailable for the serious problems facing our own residents, that will make their dislike of Prop. 1 even greater.”
Voting NO Keeps Law the Same
Abortion rights are already protected in California, until viability or if beyond, to protect mother’s life.
A NO vote on Prop 1 means: The California Constitution would not be changed to expressly include existing rights to reproductive freedom. These rights, however, would continue to exist under other state law.
Defending Life Guide Provided by Alliance Defending Freedom