Latest Attempts at Calif. Parental Notification Ballot Measure Fail To Qualify

July 9, 2012 — Since last fall, four attempts to qualify a California ballot initiative that would require notification of a minor's parents before an abortion have failed, the San Diego City Beat reports.

In November 2011, San Diego Reader publisher Jim Holman filed documents with the California Secretary of State's office regarding a fundraising committee called Californians for Parental Rights, which started circulating petitions for two parental notification ballot initiatives. One version (Initiative 1525) required a 48-hour waiting period between the notification and the abortion procedure, while the other (Initiative 1526) omitted the waiting period.

Supporters of the initiatives did not collect the 807,615 signatures needed by April 30 to qualify either measure for the ballot. Two similar petitions (Initiative 1547, Initiative 1548) that entered into circulation in January also failed, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Holman has spent more than $5 million since 2005 in support of unsuccessful ballot initiatives to require parental notification (Davis, San Diego City Beat, 7/3).