California Referendum on Which Licensed Medical Professionals May Perform Early Abortions (2014)

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A California Referendum on Which Licensed Medical Professionals May Perform Early Abortions (2014) (#13-0029) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as a veto referendum.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit enough signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Ratified AB 154 (Ch. 51, Stats. 2013), which is "An act to amend Section 2253 of, and to add Sections 2725.4 and 3502.4 to, the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Section 123468 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to healing arts."
  • AB 154 permits a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant with a valid license and training to perform specified early abortion procedures.

This measure was a veto referendum; this means that a "yes" vote would have been a vote to uphold or ratify the contested legislation (AB 154) that was enacted by the California State Legislature while a "no" vote would have been a vote to overturn AB 154.

If sufficient signatures were gathered by the January 7, 2014 deadline to qualify #13-0029 for the ballot, AB 154 would have been suspended from going into effect until and unless it was approved by the state's voters. Since #13-0029 did not qualify for the ballot, AB 154 will go into effect.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Referendum to Overturn Law Allowing Specified Licensed Medical Professionals to Perform Early Abortion Procedures.

Official summary:

"If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would permit a nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant with a valid license and training to perform specified early abortion procedures."

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See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

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