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12th Edition, November 2005 Special Election

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Proposition 73: Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy.  Waiting Period and Parental Notification.  Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Failed


Amends California Constitution to bar abortion on unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent/legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.  Permits judicial waiver of notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or minor’s best interests.  Physician must report abortions performed on minors and State shall compile statistics.  Authorizes monetary damages for violation.  Minor must consent to abortion unless mentally incapable or in medical emergency.  Permits judicial relief if minor’s consent to abortion is coerced. 

Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments:  The net costs of this measure to Medi-Cal and other programs are unknown, but are probably not significant in the context of the total expenditures for these programs. Full Text of Proposition (PDF)

Official Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

    Yes on Proposition 73:

    No on Proposition 73:

Follow the Money

Detailed information about all contributors for and against Prop. 73 is available through Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign finance website. For the most recent contributions, select a committee and click "Late and $5000+ Contributions Received".

Major contributors supporting Prop. 73 as of October 22 include James Holman of Coronado, Tom Monaghan of Ann Arbor, MI and Don Sebastiani of Sonoma.

Major contributors opposing Prop. 73 as of October 22 include Planned Parenthood local affiliates, Andrew Grove of Los Altos, Rebecca Q. Morgan of Los Altos Hills and M. Quinn Delaney of Oakland.

News Stories about the Initiatives

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For More Information, CVF Recommends...

The California Secretary of State publishes the Official Voter Information Guide with both a Quick Summary and Detailed Information about Proposition 73.

Other good nonpartisan resources include the League of Women Voters' brief Pro/Con Analysis and longer In-Depth Analysis, the McGeorge School of Law California Initiative Review, the Easy Voter Guide, an analysis by the California Policy Institute, and HealthVote.

Around the Capitol's Election Track featuring up-to-date campaign contribution data.

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