Prop 4: Abortion Waiting Period and Parental Notification Initiative

Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures

48% YES
52% NO


Changes California Constitution, prohibiting abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent, legal guardian, or, in limited cases, substitute adult relative. Provides an exception for medical emergency or parental waiver. Fiscal Impact: Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, court administration, and state health agency administration combined.

What Your Vote Means

A YES 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 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.


PRO Doctors, nurses, teachers, and LAW ENFORCEMENT endorse Proposition 4?Sarah's Law. Notification laws in thirty other states are reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and protecting young girls from being victimized by older men. STOP SEXUAL PREDATORS. Join California District Attorneys who say VOTE YES on Prop. 4.
CON Prop. 4 is dangerous. Mandatory reporting laws can't force scared, pregnant teenagers to talk to parents, but may force them into back alleys, or worse. Prop. 4 won't protect teens from predators. Prop. 4 won't work, fosters more lawsuits, and puts teens at risk. To protect teens, Vote NO. (
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