California Parental Notification for Abortion (2014)

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A California Parental Notification for Abortion Initiative (#13-0019, #13-0038), an initiated constitutional amendment, was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014, ballot.

If the initiative qualified for the ballot and was approved by the state's voters, it would have required parental notification prior to a minor receiving an abortion.

Two versions of the initiative were filed with election officials. Both versions were approved for circulation, but failed to make the ballot.

Text of Version #13-0019

Ballot title:

Abortion Restriction. Parental Notification and Waiting Period for Females Under 18. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician or other authorized 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, protective services, or certain relatives. Permits judge to 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. Violating medical professionals subject to suit for 12 years."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Potential unknown net state costs, likely of several million dollars annually, for health and social services programs, court administration, and state health agency administration combined."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

Version #13-0019:

Version #13-0038:

  • John Smith submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on November 1, 2013.
  • A ballot title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • 807,615 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until May 27, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by May 27 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.

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