Colorado Parental Notification for Abortion, Initiative 12 (1998)

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The Colorado Parental Notification for Abortion Initiative, also known as Initiative 12, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required that parents of unemancipated minors be informed if the minor seeks an abortion. It also created a mandatory 48 hour waiting period after the parental notification before the abortion could be performed.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 12 (1998)
Approveda Yes 707,021 54.87%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning parental notification when an unemancipated minor seeks an abortion, and, in connection therewith, specifying that no abortion shall be performed upon an unemancipated minor until at least 48 hours after written notice of the pending abortion has been delivered to the parent of the minor; identifying exceptions to the notice requirement; defining abortion as the use of any means to terminate the pregnancy of a minor with knowledge that the termination by those means will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of that person's unborn offspring at any time after fertilization; establishing criminal penalties for performing an abortion in violation of the requirement to provide notice to the parent and for counseling a minor to furnish a physician with false information to induce the physician to perform an abortion without providing the notice; and establishing a judicial bypass provision, which shall be effective under certain circumstances, pursuant to which a court may determine that giving the notice will not be in the best interests of the minor or that the minor is sufficiently mature to decide whether to have the abortion.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 24, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.