Tait & Smith Team Up on Bipartisan Bill to Restrict Pro-Choice Rights

Mayor Tom Tait, Anaheim (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Mayor Tom Tait, Anaheim (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is often hailed by some Democrats in OC for being a Progressive champion of sorts certain issues and Orange Mayor Tita Smith, a Democrat, is often taken to task for being one of the few elected Democrats in the country that didn’t vote for Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.  Together, they have teamed up to offer a statewide ballot measure designed to undermine Roe v. Wade.

Smith is a pro-birth Democrat, and when I asked her about why she didn’t vote for the President in 2012, she replied its because she votes only for pro-life candidates (why is she a Democrat again?).  In joining with Smith, Tait, the true author of the ballot measure, can claim this is a bi-partisan ballot measure with Smith’s support.  Smith is barely a Democrat and is certainly out of step with the vast majority of Democrats in California.  Undermining Roe v. Wade has always been a conservative position and adding his name to this ballot measure is Tait’s attempt to shore up his “conservative” credentials.

The ballot measure carries a deceptive name: “The Under 16 Parental Notification, Child and Teen Safety, and Stop Sexual Predators and Sex Traffickers Act. Version #2.”  If this ballot measure gets enough signatures for 2016 ballot and voters are duped into approving it, it would severely restrict pro-choice rights by having an unintended consequence of possible underage victims of incest alerting their parents prior to having an abortion.

Teresa "Tita" Smith

Teresa “Tita” Smith

 

Here’s the description:

Changes California Constitution to prohibit certain currently authorized trained and licensed medical professionals from providing abortions to unemancipated minors, as defined. Prohibits abortion for those minors until 48 hours after physician notifies parent/legal guardian in writing. Provides exceptions for medical emergency, parental waiver, or parental abuse documented by notarized statement from law enforcement or relatives. Judge may waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or best interest. Requires specific abortion information reported to State. Physicians subject to suit for 12 years. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of at least $1 million, and potentially a few million dollars, annually. Uncertain net fiscal impact on state health and social services programs, potentially in the millions of dollars annually, to the extent the measure results in changes to the abortion and/or birth rates in the state. (15-0062.)

Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor, as defined, until 48 hours after physician or other trained and licensed medical professional notifies her parent/legal guardian in writing. Provides exceptions for medical emergency, parental waiver, or parental abuse documented by notarized statement from law enforcement or relatives. Judge may waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or waiver is in her best interest. Requires reporting of specific abortion information to State. Physicians/medical professionals subject to suit for 12 years. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of at least $1 million, and potentially a few million dollars, annually. Uncertain net fiscal impact on state health and social services program

s, potentially in the millions of dollars annually, to the extent the measure results in changes to the abortion and/or birth rates in the state.

That’s a lot of hoops for a teen to jump through.  The measure puts so many restrictions before a scared pregnant teen, most would give up.  How many teens even know what a notary is or to asked for a notarized document?

Now there’s a provision in here that allows for relatives to document parental abuse in granting an abortion, but what if a teenager in impregnated by an uncle, a cousin, or her brother?

Abortion, nationally, is on the decline while Roe v. Wade remains under constant attack.  According to surveys in 2011, the highest number of reported abortions occurred in California (181,730) and in 2012, teens under 15 years old accounted for .04% of all abortions, but also had the highest abortion ratio per live births; for every 1,000 babies born, there were more than 800 abortions according to the center for Disease Control.  About 1% of all abortions nationally were the result of rape and 40% of minors who had an abortion report that neither parent knew about it.  Less than .5% of women became pregnant as a result of incest according to a survey from the Guttmacher Institute.

Planed Parenthood of Orange County has this to say:  “Proponents of this initiative will have you believe it’s about teen safety, when in reality the real agenda is to limit women’s access to reproductive health and ban safe and legal abortion,” said Robert Armeta, vice president of public affairs at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

No one is pro-abortion; many people (mostly Democrats and Liberals) want abortion to be safe, rare and legal.  Outlawing or making abortions harder to obtain will not stop abortion; it will just move into the back alley where it was in the 1950s and 1960s where women will die.

Tait and Smith’s aren’t pro-life so much as they are pro-birth.  City assistance for day care services in Orange or Anaheim is practically nil.  If you work and want good daycare, be prepared to pay for it through the nose.

One has to wonder if the DPOC will issue a proclamation condemning Mayor Smith for lending her name to this statewide ballot initiative.  Not likely as those so eager to condemn Anaheim council member Jordan Brandman just love them some Tom Tait.  So don’t expect any condemnation of Tait or Smith for a violation of a core Democratic value of protecting a woman’s right to choose.

 

  11 comments for “Tait & Smith Team Up on Bipartisan Bill to Restrict Pro-Choice Rights

  1. junior
    January 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Tita has a nice smile – be like Tita.

  2. Matthew Cunningham
    January 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Kudos to Tom and Tita!

    It’s true the Party of Tolerance has succeeded in driving out nearly all pro-life Democrats, but it’s sad you would consider someone barely a Democrat because they want to secure an unborn human being’s intrinsic right-to-life.

    And I don’t think Tom Tait is part of this to “boost” his conservative cred. I have several serious disagreements with Tom, but his belief in the sanctity of human life is deep and sincere.

    And can we dispense with the “woman’s right to choose” slogan that’s used to obscure what it is the Democratic Party is really trying to protect: the freedom to kill an innocent, helpless, unborn human being in the womb. That is what abortion is – and it’s little wonder why the Democratic Party is loathe to address it directly and truthfully.

    • January 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      and once the kid is born, the Republican Party does everything in its power to make sure the child doesn’t thrive. No head start. No WIC. No daycare aid. How about better access to sex education in schools or better birth control technology? Oh, can’t have that, it’s immoral. Meanwhile kids get pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy they are ill-prepared for. Every child should be a wanted child.

      • Matthew Cunningham
        January 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

        “…and once the kid is born, the Republican Party does everything in its power to make sure the child doesn’t thrive.”

        That’s ridiculous. And it doesn’t even make sense. It’s OK to kill unborn children if liberals judge as insufficient government spending on them post-partum?

        What you’re really saying is the measure of love for a child is how many tax-dollars we spend and the extent to which we make children and their parents government dependents – as if private charity and compassion are non-existent. The destruction visited on the family structure by many hundreds of billions in misguided liberal welfare programs is tragic refutation of your argument.

        Government can’t love. Only people can.

      • junior
        January 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

        A fetus is life – you cannot deny that.

    • Diego Vega
      January 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      While Republicans prefer to kill innocent and helpless babies with bombs and bullets. No difference. Republicans: Love the fetus…hate the baby. So much for the sanctity of all life.

      • Matthew Cunningham
        January 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

        What an absolutely stupid and ignorant thing to say. Use the intellect God gave you, for goodness sake.

      • junior
        January 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

        A fetus is life – you cannot deny that.

  3. Bianca Fivoli
    January 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Forget not that Tita’s brother, Christopher is the Rector of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. Fr. Smith the long time pastor of St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana was responsible for amazing neighborhood out teach in the Logan barrio and is largely responsible for stemming the tide of violence that flooded central Santa Ana in the early 1990’s
    Thats the good. The bad is, under his watch, an adsociate Pastor was vaught with hundreds, if not thousands of kiddie porn images and was quietly moved away before the outcry could be heard by the families of the young, largely poor Latino children he counseled.
    Fr. Smith did so well he was promoted to Vicar of priests, where helped defend his friend and mentor, Monsignor John Urell against the horrid accusations of being cplicit in the covering up of child sex abuse.
    To not link Mayor Smith and her immensly powerful (politically) brother and his superiors is ignorant at best.
    I like Tita, I respect, with exceptions Father Smith but peel back the onion and you’ll find layer after layer……………

    Wine Margarita anyone?

    • junior
      January 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

      It’s life – you cannot deny that.

  4. junior
    January 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Head start, WIC, daycare …..have they been eliminated by R’s? – no.

    “Every child should be a wanted child.” Blah … blah …. blah … same old lib trope.

    You’ve seen ultrasound videos of life in the womb Dan – that is life Dan ….. LIFE!

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