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Proposition 73 would create a "hit list" of California judges

Proposition 73 on the November 2005 California ballot has a mechanism for intimidating judges who respect the privacy rights of young women.
Proposition 73 would set up a "hit list" of California judges
by Tom Condit

California's November 8 special election ballot is led by Proposition 73, a "parental notification" initiative aimed at making it more difficult for young women to get abortions. As part of that difficulty, it creates bureaucratic red tape for abortion providers and seeks to intimidate judges, who would have the power to authorize a young woman to get an abortion without telling her parents about it.

The proposition mandates a 48-hour waiting period for a woman under 18 to receive an abortion, during which her parents must be notified on an official form of her desire. Her only alternative is to obtain a special order from a judge letting her keep her privacy rights.

The Judicial Council would be mandated to keep a public list of how many privacy petitions each judge had received, and the number he or she had granted. This list could then be used by the "pro-life" movement to target judges who supported the privacy rights of young women.

Don't think that targetting would just be at election time. The authoritarian wing of the anti-choice movement demonstrates at people's homes and workplaces. The terrorist wing of this so-called "pro-life" movement murders doctors and health care workers. Why would we expect them to leave out judges?

What the authors of this proposition want is to create a situation where young women have the "right" to petition for their privacy -- but where there are no judges who will grant those privacy petitions. They hope to get rid of those judges who have courage and compassion, and intimidate the rest.

Proposition 73 was put on the ballot by three right-wing millionaires who are opposed to contraception as well as abortion. They're not interested in "parents' rights" -- they want to take away the medical rights of women under 18 as the first step toward taking them away from all women.

Vote NO on Proposition 73 on Tuesday, November 8.

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Re: Proposition 73 would create a "hit list" of California judges

women under 18 are called "girls", as in they are children u moron. They can't get a dental, a heart transplant, or another medical procedure without parental consent without parental consent.
As for the millionares, when was the last time u heard of planned parenthood opening on rodeo drive. They locate themselves in hoods and barrios in order to target minority communities.

The Misogynists Lost!

Thankfully the majority of California voters disagreed with the rightwing anonymous posters desire to strip young women of their rights!

Proposition 73 how does this affect girls under the age of 18??

I am a young, 20-year-old woman living in downtown Sacramento, CA. Throughout my life I was raised to be pushed towards a certain way of thinking by my parents. I was tought certain things like respect, morality, honesty, etc. One thing has remained resoundingly true to me, we must respect ourselves and others around us. Promoting safe sex is one thing, and obviousally teens have raging hormones, but many young women do not respect themselves. The strongest women that I know of got that way from learning early on in life that they must respect theselves. Sex is so casual to many young adults. i asked my nine year-old sister what she thought sex was, and she said "That's when a mommy and daddy get naked, and kiss a lot." On the other hand, my thirteen year old neice told me in privacy that she can't wait to have sex with her thirteen year old boyfriend, if they could only get the time alone. Now, I understand that there are "special circumstances", such as medical issues, a severe trama upon the conception, medical threats, where abortion may be the only option. Simply, if we as women feel so strongly for our rights, feelings, and lives why are we promoting something that will give young women a option not to take responsibility for there actions???? If we want the women of the future to be strong they must first learn to respect themselves.


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