Calif. Permits Signature Collection for Parental Involvement Initiative

February 26, 2015 — California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) on Monday gave permission for supporters to begin collecting signatures to attempt to qualify a ballot initiative (14-0014) that would require physicians to notify a parent when a minor seeks an abortion, the Marina Del Rey Patch reports.

According to the Patch, supporters have until Aug. 19 to submit 585,407 valid signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Similar measures have been defeated in 2005, 2006 and 2008, the Patch reports.

Measure Details

The measure would require physicians or other medical professionals to notify a minor's parent or legal guardian in writing 48 hours before the minor can obtain an abortion. The measure would provide exceptions for instances involving medical emergencies or when parental waivers or abuse are documented by a notarized statement from specific relatives or law enforcement. In addition, judges would be able to waive the requirement if a minor appears in court and shows maturity or that a waiver would be in her best interest.

In addition, the measure would require providers to report certain information about abortions to the state.

According to an analysis from the California Legislative Analyst and Department of Finance, the measure would cost the state a minimum of $1 million in administrative costs and possibly several million dollars annually. The measure's net fiscal impact on state social service and health programs could be in the millions annually if it affects the number of live births and abortions that occur in the state, according to the analysis (Austin, Marina Del Rey Patch, 2/24).