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Parental Notification: Protecting Our Youth?


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Top: No on Prop 4 campaign; Bottom: Yes on Prop 4 campaign. Sources:;

Top: No on Prop 4 campaign; Bottom: Yes on Prop 4 campaign. Sources:;

This November, parental notification (Prop 4) will be on the ballot in California.

Prop 4 requires parents to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion. Does this law really protect our youth? If passed, will it affect how young women access reproductive health care?

On this edition of Making Contact, we hear from a group of young women in California organizing against Prop 4. They say the measure threatens the health, safety and rights of young women, especially communities of color and immigrant communities. Also, we hear from a proponent of Prop 4 who explains why many others support this law. Lastly, we visit the state of Texas where both parental notification and consent laws have transformed the ways young women handle unexpected pregnancies.

This program was partially funded by the Mary Wolford Foundation.


Heidi, Meuy, Marn, Tiffany, Maly, Susan, Celia, Mimi, Mae, Quy, Sandra, SAFIRE youth members; Amanda Wake, SAFIRE coordinator; Dana Ginn Paredes, ACRJ organizing director; Dr. Paula Hillard, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health member, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Gynecologic Specialties director; Dolores Meehan, Friends of Sarah and the Yes on Proposition 4 Campaign; Rita Lucido, Jane’s Due Process attorney; Brandi Bedford, Whole Woman’s Health of Austin executive director; Terry Sallas Merritt, Whole Woman’s Health corporate executive director; Tina Hester, Jane’s Due Process hotline coordinator.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Production Coordinator: Elena Botkin-Levy
Intern: Lakeisha Thomas
Field Recorders: Angela Maldonado and Katherine Heim
Staged Call: Nicole Rubio
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham

For more information:

Sisters in Action for Issues of Reproductive Empowerment (SAFIRE)
at Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ)
— Oakland, CA

Jane’s Due Process – (Texas only)

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH) – San Francisco, CA

Whole Woman’s Health of Austin – Austin, TX

Yes on Four – San Diego, CA

The Guttmacher Institute – Washington, DC

For additional information:

Parental Involvement in Minors’ Abortions

Parental Notification or Consent for Abortion – Illinois

Expanding the Movement for Empowerment and Reproductive Justice (EMERJ)


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