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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 qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, it will require parental notification prior to a minor receiving an abortion.

Two versions of the initiative have been filed with election officials. One version (#13-0019) is approved for circulation; Version #13-0038 is awaiting a ballot title and summary.

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
Note: April 18, 2014 is the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[1] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.

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 are required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline is May 27, 2014. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot is April 18, 2014.

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