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State of California November 7, 2006 Election
Proposition 85
Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,405,458 / 46.0% Yes votes ...... 4,000,442 / 54.0% No votes

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Results as of Nov 14 5:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (25090/25090)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the California Constitution be amended to require notification of the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Amends California Constitution prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent/guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver. Mandates reporting requirements. Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, court administration, and state helath agency administration combined.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
The State Constitution would be changed to require that a physician notify, with certain exceptions, a parent or legal guardian of a pregnant minor at least 48 hours before performing an abortion.

A NO vote on this measure means:
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.

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Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 85:
PARENTS! Right now anyone can arrange a secret abortion for your minor daughter and you won't even know. Don't permit your young daughter to be subjected to dangerous medical procedures without your knowledge. Keep her life and health in your hands and not those of strangers. Vote YES on 85.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 85:
No law can mandate family communication. Vulnerable teenagers from abusive, violent homes can't talk to their parents, can't navigate overcrowded courts, and may resort to dangerous, illegal abortions. Prop. 85 won't stop predators, won't protect teens, and is the first step in overturning Roe and banning all abortions. Vote NO.

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Contact FOR Proposition 85:
Paul E. Laubacher, R.N.
YES on 85/Parents' Right to Know and Child Protection
1703 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Toll-Free (866) 828-8355

Contact AGAINST Proposition 85:
Steve Smith
No on 85--for Real Teen Safety
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 510
Sacramento, CA 95814
916) 669-4802

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