.- Backers of Californiaâs Proposition 4, which would have required the notification of at least one adult family member for an underage girl considering an abortion, have issued a statement reacting to the proposalâs defeat.
âOnce again, Planned Parenthood and the mainstream media have combined to defeat a common sense proposal to enable parents to protect their daughters,â the statement said.
âTheir victory did not come easily or cheaply. The opposition outspent us over 11 to 1,â the statement added, claiming opponents had spent more than $8 million on âdeceptive ads and other campaign tactics.â
The Yes on 4 campaign named as its opponents Planned Parenthood, the California Nurses Association, the California Medical Association, the National Organization of Women, the ACLU, and the California Democratic Party.
The campaign said opponentsâ âdeep-pocketed institutional fundingâ overwhelmed its resources, which it claimed were already limited by âdonor drainâ caused by both other high-profile campaigns and by the instability in the financial markets.
According to the campaign, it has received many encouraging calls and e-mails and suggestions for future action.
âWe welcome these messages, as it shows that this effort was more than just a single campaign; it is a part of a movement among Californians to wrest the care of our children back from Planned Parenthood and its ilk, whose idea of helping young girls is to give them a secret abortion and send them back into the same exploitive, abusive, or simply unhealthy situation they were in before.â