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

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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


References

  1. http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/ballot.phtml?si=20065&m=28
  2. http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/props/prop85/prop85.html
  3. http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/pdf/prop85_text.pdf


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