California Proposition 85, Parental Notification for Minor's Abortion (2006)
The signature-gathering drive to qualify the 2006 Parental Notification petition for the ballot was conducted by Bader & Associates, Inc., a petition management company owned by Tom Bader and Joy Bader. Signature-gathering for the petition was completed in the Spring of 2006.
The ballot title was:
The question on the ballot was:
- "Should the California Constitution be amended to require notification of a parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated pregnant minor at least 48 hours prior to performing an abortion?"
The official summary provided to describe Proposition 85 said:
- 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.
- 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, court administration, and state health agency administration combined."
Arguments for the initiative petition
- 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, Jim Holman, Don Sebastiani, Tom Monaghan
Arguments against the initiative petition
- 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
- Official California Voter Pamphlet information about Proposition 85
- PDF of the mailed November 7, 2006 voter guide for Proposition 85
- Proposition 85 in the Smart Voter Guide
- Analysis of Proposition 85 from the Institute of Governmental Studies
- Guide to Proposition 85 from the California Voter Foundation
- Summary of donors to and against 85 from Cal-Access
- Donors for and against Proposition 85 from Follow The Money
- Yes on 85 advocacy website (still live as of July 2011)
- Official declaration of the November 7, 2006 results on ballot propositions