blog Time Hath Found Us: California Prop. 73 - Parental Notification Initiative

September 29, 2005

California Prop. 73 - Parental Notification Initiative

The fur is already flying in the fight over the various initiatives on California's November ballot. An important initiative is Proposition 73, the "WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR'S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT."

PROPOSITION 73

WAITING PERIOD AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BEFORE TERMINATION OF MINOR'S PREGNANCY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.


  • 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.



SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT:

Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, the courts, and state administration combined.



Governor Schwarzenegger has endorsed the initiative. Of course, Planned Parenthood has come out against it as has Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association -- Florence Nightengale, where are you?

An interesting read are the Arguments and Rebuttals. A small snippet of the argument against the waiting period and parental notification says it all about the pro-death lobby's misdirection and obfuscation tactics:

"THIS LAW PUTS THOSE VULNERABLE TEENAGERS—THOSE WHO MOST NEED PROTECTION—IN HARM’S WAY..."

Yeah, right. Secret abortions for minor girls are good for them - sure.

The full text of the proposed law can be found here.

Cross posted from Truth and Action.