Parental Notification for Abortion Initiative May Come to a Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
The California legislature passed a parental consent law back in 1987, and then Governor George Deukmejian signed it. But the law was immediately challenged and ultimately rejected by the state Supreme Court. Now signature gathering has begun for an initiative that would require notification of a parent and a delay of 48 hours before an abortion could be performed on a girl under age 18. Maria Garcia, a pro-family activist in San Diego County, helped write the initiative. CUT: Garcia12 :12 Under the initiative, a girl could seek a judge’s waiver to avoid notifying the parent. Backers of the initiative must collect 600 thousand signatures by next April to put the measure on the state ballot. SOC