Schwarzenegger on Jim Holman’s anti-abortion initiative
On this week’s Meet the Press, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reiterated for Tom Brokaw his support for an initiative that would require doctors to notify parents 48 hours before their minor daughters are scheduled to get abortions.
The initiative will be on the California ballot in November. Similar measures—Props. 73 and 85— failed in 2005 and 2006. All three have been funded largely by Jim Holman, editor and publisher of the San Diego Reader and the California Catholic Daily. An examination of state campaign finance records shows that, all told, Holman has pumped a little more than $5 million ($5,017,058.16, to be exact) into the three campaigns, with $1.4 million being contributed in 2008 alone.
With each attempt, CityBeat has joined organizations like Planned Parenthood in opposing the initiatives because they endanger the emotional and/or physical health of girls who are in abusive family situations.