California Proposition 85, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2006)
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Objective of the initiative
Proposition 85 had several objectives:
- Amends California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent or legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.
- Permits minor to obtain court order waiving notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or best interests.
- Mandates various reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions performed on minors.
- Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.
- Requires minor’s consent to abortion, with certain exceptions.
- Permits judicial relief if minor’s consent coerced. 
Text of the proposition
The text of the proposed law can be found here 
Arguments for the initiative
- Will lower number of abortions
- Will protect sexually abused teenage girls from future abuse
- Similar laws in other states have enjoyed much success
Main proponents: William P. Clark California Supreme Court Justice (Ret.), Mary L. Davenport MD. Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Arguments against the initiative
- Won't reduce teen pregnancy;
- Won't stop child predators;
- Will delay urgent medical care;
- California Supreme Court found similar laws have not worked.
Main Opponents: Donna W. Chipps, Executive Vice President, League of Women Voters of California; Bo Greaves, President, California Academy of Family Physicians.
Donors for the campaign for the measure:
- YES ON 85: $3,800,412
- CATHOLICS FOR 85: $8,461
- Total: $3,808,873
Donors for the campaign against the measure:
- CAMPAIGN FOR TEEN SAFETY-NO ON 85: $6,709,585
- NO ON 85: $481,624
- CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBLE ELECTIONS: $30,000
- CMTE FOR CALIFORNIAS FUTURE: $29,500
- VOTE NO ON PROP 85: $4,429
- Total: $7,255,137
- Overall Total: $11,064,011
- Legislative analysis of the bill
- Analysis by League of Women Voters
- Yes on 85 site
- No on 85 ACLU site
- Nonpartisan information site
- Follow the Money on Proposition 85