California Proposition 85, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2006)

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 20:36, 14 September 2007 by Mjlundy (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

California Proposition 85 was on the California November 2006 ballot. The measure was designed toallow parental notification before termination of a minor's pregnancy. The measure failed with 54% of the electorate voting against the measure. The largest contributor to the cause was the "Campaign for teen safety no on 85" committee which raised $6,709,585 [1]

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. [2]

Text of the proposition

The text of the proposed law can be found here [3]

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



External links

Legislative analysis of the bill

Analysis by League of Women Voters

Yes on 85 site

No on 85 ACLU site

Nonpartisan information site