By Gudrun Schultz

  PORTLAND, Oregon, July 26, 2006 (Â- Oregon residents will vote on a measure requiring parental notification before a minor girl can obtain an abortion, after supporters gathered enough signatures to ensure the initiative would qualify for the November ballot, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

  More than 115,845 signatures were handed in to the Secretary of State last month, well in excess of the 75,630 required.

  Under the proposal, parents would have to be notified before a girl between the ages of 15 and 17 could obtain an abortion. The law would not require parental consent for the abortion, however.

  Sarah Nashif, who organized the petition campaign, told the AP the measure would help reduce the number of girls being pressured into an abortion by older boyfriends.

  Oregon currently has no parental notification laws concerning abortion, although children under age 15 cannot undergo any major medical procedure without their parents’ Âknowledge.

  See related LifeSiteNews coverage:

  70% of Americans Back Abortion Parental Notification Laws: Poll


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