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A Sad Day in California

November 9th, 2005 | 2 min read

By Andrew Selby

Californians have decided not to improve the state of our wild and wacky state. Funny that we should be looking for balance and stability from a Hollywood action hero. The death of Proposition 73 is the one that saddens me the most. The proposition makes it mandatory that teenage girls give notice to their parents that they are going to get an abortion. To Californians credit, it barely failed. But I don't understand why people would vote against this rule. The only argument I've heard against it is that domestic violence could ensue when a father finds out his daughter is impregnated. This surely wouldn't be the case in the majority of cases. The assumption that Californians have made is that when in doubt, we should go with the wisdom of the teenager instead of the parent. It is the philosophy of LA culture, at least, that youth triumphs, because, above all, you should "follow your heart." Age actually corrupts the ability to go with one's passions, so age shouldn't be trusted as much as youth. The amount of guilt, heartbreak and murder (i.e. from abortions) that has resulted from this misguided philosophy will be perpetuated now that Prop 73 failed.

Like I said, it is a sad day in California. It's appropriate that it's raining.