It's very easy this election cycle to be confused as to the real intent behind many of the propositions you're expected to vote on next Tuesday. However, few are as important as passing Sarah's Law.


Sarah's Law, or Proposition 4 as it's known on the ballot, will require a doctor to notify at least one adult family member before performing an abortion on an under-18-year-old girl. This is critically important because although in California a girl under age 18 can't get a tan, cavity filled or even an aspirin at school without parent approval, a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion on a child without her parents even knowing it.


Beside the fact that this undermines a parent's role in their child's life, it puts the safety of our children seriously at risk. The specific example of this is the case of a 15-year-old named "Sarah" from Houston, Texas. Sarah had an abortion without her parent's knowledge, which later became infected. By the time she received proper medical attention it was too late, and Sarah died on March 2, 1994.


Doctors reported that if Sarah had received proper medical care earlier, she would have survived the infection. Unfortunately for Sarah, since the adults in her life weren't aware of her abortion, that level of care wasn't a possibility.


Prop 4 will increase legal protections for our children while keeping parents involved in their child's education. Our children are our most precious resource and we need every protection to be made available for them. Regardless of where you stand on abortion, our children shouldn't be allowed to receive potentially life-threatening procedures without their parent's involvement.


Our children deserve nothing less than the best we have to offer. Please show them you agree by voting for Proposition 4.