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Some people never give up.

This November, Californians will vote on Proposition 4, which would require doctors to notify the parents of teens who have requested abortion services. Sound familiar? That's because Prop 4 is nearly identical to Props 73 and 85, which voters rejected in two consecutive elections: 2005, and 2006.

If passed, Prop 4 will amend the California state constitution to reflect the following:

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...a physician shall not perform an abortion upon a pregnant unemancipated minor until at least forty-eight (48) hours has elapsed after the physician or the physician's agent has delivered written notice to her parent personally or by mail...

The parents or parent of the young woman would receive a form letter from the doctor, letting them know that their daughter has requested an abortion:

The written notice shall be delivered by the physician or the physician's agent to the parent, either personally or by certified mail addressed to the parent at the parent's last known address with return receipt requested and restricted delivery to the addressee…A form for the notice shall be prescribed by the Department of Health Services.

If the teen would like to avoid having her parents notified, Prop 4 allows for a few workarounds. She can receive a notification waiver from them in advance of her unintended pregnancy (nothing awkward about that…”Mom, Dad, I just have this sneaking feeling that I'm going to get knocked up by accident. Could you sign this waiver so I don't have to tell you about it?”). She can attempt to get a judicial waiver (permission from a judge to not notify her parents). Or, she can have an alternate family member notified -- on the condition that she reports her parents on charges of abuse.