Yes on 85
PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW & CHILD PROTECTION INITIATIVE
1703 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Toll-free (866) 828-8355
September 29, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maria Elena Kennedy
Cardinal Mahony issues special taped message to Catholics on Proposition 85
an extraordinary move, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, has
prepared taped messages in Spanish and English to be played on Sunday, Oct. 1,
at all 288 parishes in the archdiocese. In the message, Cardinal Mahony urges
Catholics to vote yes on Proposition 85 and to pray for its passage every day
until the November elections.
Proposition 85, the Parents’ Right to Know and Child Protection Initiative,
would amend the state constitution to require that at least one parent of a
minor girl be notified before undergoing an abortion.
you may know, under current California law a minor girl under the age of 18
cannot leave school to go on a field trip, she cannot get a flu shot, a tooth
pulled, or even an aspirin from the school nurse without one of her parents
being notified,” the cardinal says in the taped message. “Yet that same child --
a girl as young as 12 years old -- can be taken by a complete stranger to an
abortion center, put under general anesthesia, and undergo a surgical or
chemical abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent.”
Cardinal Mahony has asked priests at all parishes of the Los Angeles Archdiocese
to play his taped “Yes on 85” message at all Masses on Sunday, October 1, 2006 –
designated as “Respect Life Sunday.” If the tape cannot be played on Oct. 1, it
may be played on another Sunday during the month of October, which is “Respect
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with 4.3 million Catholics, includes Los Angeles,
Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Below is the complete
text of the cardinal’s recorded message:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may know, under current California law a
minor girl under the age of 18 cannot leave school to go on a field trip, she
cannot get a flu shot, a tooth pulled, or even an aspirin from the school nurse
without one of her parents being notified.
Yet that same child -- a girl as
young as 12 years old -- can be taken by a complete stranger to an abortion
center, put under general anesthesia, and undergo a surgical or chemical
abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent.
This is why I urge you to support, work for and
vote YES on Proposition 85, the Parents’ Right to Know and Child Protection
Initiative, on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th.
Proposition 85 requires a physician to notify at
least one parent 48 hours before performing an abortion on a girl under 18 years
Parents have a duty to protect their own children.
Engaged in the raising of their daughter, parents have insight into what is
best for their children; they know her personal and medical history. Parents
are the best ones to help a minor daughter understand all her options if she
becomes pregnant. Without parental involvement, other influences can dominate.
Parental notification laws
are desperately needed to protect young girls.
Here is another vital reason you and
I should vote YES on Proposition 85 on November 7th: secret abortions on
minors allow the exploitation of tens of thousands of vulnerable girls, leaving
them physically and emotionally devastated.
More than thirty states now have parental
notification or consent laws, and these states have seen a dramatic drop in teen
abortions AND teen pregnancies as a result of this change in the law. Here
in California, the Office of the Legislative Analyst estimates that parental
notification would reduce the number of abortions in our state by 25% per year.
So please vote YES on Proposition 85 on November
7th. And please do all you can to promote this crucial measure, and urge your
family, friends and neighbors to do the same.
I hope you will join with me in praying daily, from
now until the November elections, that voters will strongly support Proposition
Thank you, and may God bless you and
A transcript of the Cardinal’s
message is also available on the website of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: