In a perfect world, there would be no need for abortion. All parents would be loving and teach their children to be wonderful human beings. However, this is not a perfect world. Have you ever worked at a center for domestic violence? If not, you can't imagine the horrors some young women are confronted with in their own homes.
Abortion is a terrible solution to an even more terrible problem, in many cases. The young women who are able to go to their parents saying they are pregnant usually do just that. The family then works out the problem as best they can. Perhaps they keep the child, adopt it out or, in some cases, go to a reputable doctor and have an abortion performed. In other cases, the young woman has been impregnated by a family member, or would be beaten within an inch of her life if she told her family.
I have never met a young woman who would not prefer running to mom with her major problems instead of seeking help from strangers. It takes a very frightened young woman to go for help from people she doesn't know.
If we pass legislation like Proposition 85 that makes it law that these minors inform their parents, we may be relegating them to more horrors than we can imagine. Please don't think that a minor will be able to go to a judge and ask for permission to abort. What 16-year-old do you know with that kind of courage? Instead, these kids will go back to the ’60s and the back-alley abortions that infected their bodies and, in many cases, killed them.
Look at Proposition 85 as you did last year’s Proposition 73. They are basically the same. We must vote them down to protect minors.
— Terry Gibson, Oxnard