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Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy. Constitutional Amendment.

California Ballot Measure - Proposition 4

Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Minors and Children


* Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent or legal guardian.
* Permits notification to certain adult relatives if doctor reports parent to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
* Provides notification exceptions for medical emergency or parental waiver.
* Permits courts to waive notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or best interests.
* Mandates reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions on minors.
* Authorizes damages against physicians for violation.
* Requires minor’s consent to abortion, with exceptions.

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, court administration, and state health agency administration combined.

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