Sacramento, Calif., Jan 15, 2012 / 17:16 pm
A proposed California ballot initiative to require parental notification for abortions and another initiative to end the death penalty both won the support of the state’s Catholic bishops, who say the proposals will bring “common sense, compassion and prudent justice” to public policy.
Both initiatives bring into focus “important moral issues” about how society treats “nascent life, family life, and even a sinful or errant life.”
Social policy should “respect and support the role of parents” while justice should “uphold human dignity as it protects the community,” the bishops said.
Backers of both initiatives are trying to gather enough support to place them on the 2012 ballot.