Monday, October 10, 2005

California Catholic Bishops Issue Statement in Support of Proposition 73

On September 1, 2005, the California Catholic Bishops issued a statement in support of Proposition 73: Parental Notification Prior to Termination of a Minor's Pregnancy.

This proposed law would require notification of the parent(s) or guardian(s) of a minor 48 hours before she obtains an abortion, unless a judge determines that such notification places the minor in danger.

In their statement, the bishops say, "We hold that both the young woman's welfare and society's common good are best served when family communication is promoted in public policy...we strongly encourage Catholics in our state to offer their full support in promoting Proposition 73 as good public policy, and in exercising their citizenship in voting for it in November."

For the full statement and parish resources such as bulletin announcements, homily notes, talking points, and a Backgrounder with essential information, see the website for the California Catholic Conference, Materials are available in Spanish and English.


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