California Proposition 73, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2005)
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.
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The ballot title was:
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.
- 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."
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Proposition 73 were signed by:
Arguments in favor
$2,594,531 was contributed to the campaign in favor of a "yes" vote on Proposition 73, through four different campaign committees. The largest committee, "Life on the Ballot", spent $2.18 million.
Donors of $100,000 or more were:
|California Republican Party||$123,069|
|Fieldstad & Co.||$115,900|
The "No on 73" side spent $5,637,252 through six different campaign committees. The largest committee, the "Campaign for Teen Safety", spent $5.5 million.
Donors of $100,000 or more were:
|Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte||$687,849|
|Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles County||$563,758|
|Planned Parenthood (Golden Gate)||$311,419|
|Planned Parenthood of San Diego||$306,769|
|Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties||$286,458|
|Planned Parenthood (Shasta Diablo)||$283,163|
|Rebecca Q. Morgan||$250,000|
|Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California||$155,204|
|California Family Health Council||$150,000|
|Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties||$126,669|
|NARAL Pro-Choice California||$109,969|
|Susan Packard Orr||$100,000|
Path to the ballot
- See also: California signature requirements
The signature-gathering drive to qualify Proposition 73 for the ballot was conducted by Bader & Associates, Inc., a petition management company owned by Tom Bader and Joy Bader, at a cost of $2,527,611.
- Official California Voter Guide to Proposition 73
- PDF of the mailed November 8, 2005 voter guide for Propositions 73-80
- Proposition 73 on the Smart Voter Guide
- Guide to Proposition 73 from the California Voter Foundation
- Analysis of Proposition 73 from the Institute of Governmental Studies
- Summary of donors to and against 73 from Cal-Access
- Donors for and against Proposition 73 from Follow The Money
- Official election results