California Proposition 73, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2005)
The measure proposed a mandatory waiting period and parental notification before a minor could obtain an abortion.
Proposition 73's ballot title said, "Amends California Constitution, defining and prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver. Mandates reporting requirements. Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation."
The official summary said:
- Amends California Constitution, prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.
- Defines abortion as causing "death of the unborn child, a child conceived but not yet born."
- Permits minor to obtain court order waiving notice based on clear, convincing evidence of minor's maturity or best interests.
- Mandates various reporting requirements.
- Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.
- Requires minor's consent to abortion, with certain exceptions.
- Permits judicial relief if minor's consent coerced.
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, the courts, and state administration combined.
- Official California Voter Guide to Proposition 73
- Smart Voter Guide
- California Voter Foundation Guide
- Summary of donors to and against 73
- Official election results