California Proposition 73, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2005)

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California Proposition 73 was on the November 8, 2005 special statewide ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 73 would have established a mandatory waiting period and parental notification before a minor could obtain an abortion. Similar propositions (Proposition 85 on the 2006 ballot and Proposition 4 on the 2008 ballot) were tried in later years, and also lost.

Election results

Proposition 73
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 4,023,840 52.7%
Yes 3,610,475 47.3%
Total votes 7,634,315 100.00%
Voter turnout Of registered voters: 50.1%

Ballot language


The ballot title was:

Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.


The question on the ballot was:

"Should the California Constitution be amended to require notification of the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated, pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on the minor?"


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.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

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."


Yes on 73

The "Yes on 73" side spent $2,594,531 through four different campaign committees. The largest committee, "Life on the Ballot", spent $2.18 million. The three largest donors to "Life on the Ballot" were:

No on 73

The "No on 73" side spent $5.7 million through six different campaign committees. The largest committee, the "Campaign for Teen Safety", spent $5.5 million.

  • Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte: $687,849
  • Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles: $551,355
  • Planned Parenthood of Golden Gate: $297,680
  • Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino: $286,458
  • Planned Parenthood of Shasta Diablo: $275,775
  • Planned Parenthood of San Diego: $260,965
  • Rebecca Morgan: $250,000
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California: $155,204
  • Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo: $101,443[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

The signature-gathering drive to qualify the 2005 Parental Notification petition was conducted by Bader & Associates, Inc., a petition management company owned by Tom Bader and Joy Bader.

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