California Parental Notification Before a Minor's Abortion (2012)

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A Parental Notification Before a Minor's Abortion ballot initiative was approved for circulation in California.

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

Ten different versions of the initiative were filed with the Attorney General of California (versions #10-0018, #10-0025, #11-0015, #11-0016, #11-0037, #11-0038, #11-0048, #11-0049, #11-0076 and #11-0077). All the versions were filed by John Smith. The working title of all the versions was the "Parental Notification, Child and Teen Safety, and Stop Predators Act."

The proposed initiatives would each have added a new Section 32 to Article I of the California Constitution.

Three statewide ballot propositions to require parental notification before a minor's abortion have previously been rejected by voters: Proposition 73 (2005), Proposition 85 (2006) and Proposition 4 (2008).

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Some of the filed versions were given slightly different ballot language than this.

Ballot title:

Prohibits Abortions for Females Under 18 Without Parental Notification. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until physician 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 adult relatives. Permits judge to waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or waiver is in her best interest. Requires physicians to report specific abortion information to Department of Public Health. Physicians can be sued for violating these provisions up to 12 years after abortion.

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

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

Support

Gerald Barnes, Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, actively campaigned for the measure. He urged parishioners in the diocese to sign the petition to qualify the measure for the ballot.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements
  • Versions #10-0018 and #10-0025 were approved for circulation but sponsors did not file signatures by the deadlines given to those versions.
  • The deadline for collecting signatures on versions 11-0015 and 11-0016 was January 9, 2012. Signatures were not filed by that deadline.
  • The deadline for collecting signatures on versions 11-0037 and 11-0038 was March 23, 2012. Signatures were not filed by that deadline.
  • The deadline for collecting signatures on versions 11-0048 and 11-0049 was April 30, 2012. Signatures were not filed by that deadline.
  • The deadline for collecting signatures on versions 11-0076 and 11-0077 was June 11, 2012. Signatures were not filed by that deadline.

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