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California Proposition 85 (2006)

California Proposition 85, the Parental Notification Initiative, was a proposition on the ballot for California voters in the general election of November 7, 2006. It was similar to the previous year's Proposition 73. It failed by a vote of 46%-54%.


  • Text from the California Voter Information Guide 1
  • Summary 2
  • Goals 3
  • Vote meaning 4
  • Background 5
  • Exceptions to Proposition 85 6
  • Penalty 7
    • Endorsements 7.1
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Text from the California Voter Information Guide

Parental Notification before Termination of Teen's Pregnancy (second attempt at Proposition 73)

  • PDF Document File of Official Voter Information Guide: Proposition 85


Summary as prepared by the State Attorney General "Amends California constitution prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies parent/guardian, except in medical emergency or parental waiver. Mandates reporting requirements. Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation. Put on ballot by Petition Signatures."[1]

Did not pass[2]

  • 3,868,714 (45.8%) voted for it
  • 4,576,128 (54.2%) voted against it


  • Increase teen communication with parents[3]
  • Allow parents to help child make appropriate health care decisions [3]
  • Provide needed health care history to physicians[3]
  • Possibly prevent minor from something as traumatic as an abortion[3]
  • Provide a strong support system[3]

Vote meaning

A "yes" vote to this would mean that the state constitution would require a physician to notify the guardian of a minor prior to performing an abortion.[1]

A "no" vote to this would mean minors would continue to receive abortion services to the same extent as adults. Physicians performing abortions for minors would not be subject to notification requirements.[1]


  • 1953 - Law was created that enabled minors to have abortions without parental consent or knowledge[4]
  • 1987 - Legislature amended this law to require minors to get parental or guardian consent before having an abortion performed[4]
  • 1997 - Voted against the law therefore allowing minors to have an abortion without consent or knowledge by guardian[4]

Exceptions to Proposition 85

Medical Emergencies: An abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother[4]

Waivers Approved by Guardian: Guardian signs a waiver that gets rid of the notification requirements[4]

Waivers Approved by Court: Waiver given to a minor who asks for it and if the courts finds the minor to be well informed and mature enough to make the decision to have the abortion[4]


Any person who performs an abortion on a minor without consent by parents or guardian would be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by fine.[4]



  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ State Ballot Measures
  3. ^ a b c d e
  4. ^ a b c d e f g
  • Legislative Analyst's Office
  • California Black Women's Health Project
  • League of Women Voters

External links

  • Yes on 85
  • Neutral Information & Analysis about Proposition 85
  • Video Voter California - Short, straightforward video explanation of Prop. 85
  • Non-partisan resources & vote sharing network for Californians
  • Official Voter Information Guide: Proposition 85
  • Campaign Expenditure Details for Proposition 85, Parental Notification
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