Proposition Summary

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.

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Special Election

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Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

For Author

WILLIAM P. CLARK, California Supreme Court Justice, 1973-1981; MARY L. DAVENPORT, M.D., Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; MARIA GUADALUPE GARCIA, Organizing Director Parents' Right to Know and Child Protection/YES ON 73

Against Author

ROBERT L. BLACK, M.D., FAAP, Officer of the Board, American Academy of Pediatrics, California District; RUTH E. HASKINS, M.D., Chair, Committee on Legislation, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX California; DEBORAH BURGER, RN, President, California Nurses Association

Rebuttal Author

DEBORAH BURGER, RN, President, California Nurses Association; KATHY KNEER, CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California; A. ERIC RAMOS, M.D., President California Academy of Family Physicians

Rebuttal Against Author

PROFESSOR TERESA STANTON COLLETT, J.D., National Authority on Parental Notification and Involvement Laws; JANE E. ANDERSON, M.D., FAAP, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine; KATHERINE R. DOWLING, M.D., FAAP, FAAFP, Associate Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine University of Southern California, School of Medicine