Update from California’s Lawmakers: Sarah’s Law

Sarah’s Law is named after a 15 year old girl who became pregnant and had an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. During the abortion procedure, Sarah’s cervix was torn. As a result, Sarah suffered blood poisoning, fever, chills, abdominal pain, and nausea for four days before finally being admitted to the hospital. By the time Sarah received medical attention, the infection raging in her body was too far advanced and she died.Sarah’s life could have been saved if only her parents had known about the abortion and she had received prompt medical care.

In California, a child under the age of 18 can’t get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent. But a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion on that same child without her parents ever knowing about it.

Sarah’s Law addresses this inconsistency in our laws by requiring that a physician notify a parent or, in the case of abuse, another adult family member, like a grandparent or favorite aunt, at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a girl under the age of 18.

Sarah’s Law will help protect our daughters. Sarah’s Law will save lives!

Unlike Proposition 73 and Proposition 85, similar measures that narrowly failed at the ballot box in 2005 and 2006, “Sarah’s Law” does not limit notification to a parent, but allows a physician to notify another adult family member designated by the girl in instances of abuse.

“We have conscientiously studied the results of Proposition 85,” said a spokesman for the campaign. “With the changes we have made, it is difficult to imagine what rationale anyone could have for opposing Sarah’s Law. We are, after all, talking about protecting young girls from exploitation and abuse. Who, pray tell, opposes that-and more importantly, why?”

694, 354 valid signatures are required to qualify Sarah’s Law for the November 2008 ballot. It will take at least 1.1 million signatures, however, to guarantee there are enough valid signatures. As of March 3, the campaign has received 663,759.

To learn more about Sarah’s Law and help qualify it for the ballot, you can e-mail info@friendsofsarah.com, call toll free (866) 828-8355, or go to the website.

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2 Responses

  1. In California, a child under the age of 18 can’t get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent. But a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion on that same child without her parents ever knowing about it. It’s the same over here, DUMB world we live in….these are important posts, well done Lauren.

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