The Los Angeles Times reports today that the 15 year-old girl for whom the parental notification ballot initiative, promoted as "Sarah’s Law", is named, already had a child and was married at the time of her death. "If you can’t believe the ‘Sarah’ story, there’s a lot in the ballot
argument you can’t believe," said Ana Sandoval, a spokeswoman for
Planned Parenthood and the campaign against Proposition 4.
Update Saturday, August 2, 2:52 p.m.
The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting today that proponents of Proposition 4 admited yesterday that Sarah’s death could not have been prevented with the passage of this law. In other words, they are using the tragic death of a fifteen year-old mother who was pregnant, for political gain.
Perhaps comprehensive sexuality education, better use of contraception, and an overall commitment to education and empowerment of young women so that they delay their first sexual experience; and with young men so they grow up understanding to respect women and be responsible with their own sexuality, is a more useful approach.
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I know I’m going out on a limb here, and since this waste of money, time and effort is already on the ballot California voters will have to vote on it, but really — how much more evidence do Americans need that the so-called "pro-life" agenda is nothing more than smoke and mirrors political manipulation?