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Parental Notification is Back!

Vote No on Prop. 4!

For the third year in a row, there is a ballot measure in California that would threaten the health, safety and rights of young women, with the most harmful impacts on communities of color and immigrant communities. Check back soon to see how ACRJ is orgnanizing to help defeat this initiative. Read more about Prop 4 here.

In the meantime, check out the work that ACRJ did to help defeat Prop 85, the parental notification initiative in the 2006 election. You can download ACRJ's Prop 85 Victory Brief (PDF)

Vote NO on Proposition 85!

There is a frightening trend happening across our country right now that is threatening our families and our communities. Women, youth, immigrants, and people of color have all been the target of conservative attacks that aim to restrict our rights and control our lives, as the politics of our country moves increasingly to the right. Proposition 85 is part of this national trend, creating further social injustice in our communities by interfering with health care decisions, allowing the government to control our families, and violating the safety and rights of our youth.


YOU can help protect our youth by joining "Communities of Color Against
Proposition 85."

Sign on by downloading the endorsement form and sending it back to ACRJ by Nov 1st!

Endorsers Include:
- Asian Health Services
- Asian Law Caucus
- Asian Women's Shelter
- Banteay Srei
- Californians for Justice
- Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Chinese Progressive Association
- Filipinos for Affirmative Action
- Just Cause Oakland
- Justice Now
- Movement Strategy Center
- National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum


What is Prop 85?
If Prop 85 passes, young women under the age of 18 in California would be banned from receiving abortion services until 48 hours after a doctor has informed her parents in writing, except in the case of a medical emergency. A minor could forgo the notification process if she were able to convince a judge that she is mature enough to make her own decision and that notifying her parents is not an option.

What's wrong with Prop 85?
As you can imagine, if Prop 85 passes it would endanger the health and safety of young women across the state. That's because although parental notification laws might sound like a good idea, in the real world they just don't work. While most teens already do involve their parents in their abortion decision, some teens simply cannot do so because they have real fears about the harsh punishment they may face. Some teens have experienced severe shame, rejection, and abuse when their parents found out they were sexually active or pregnant.

Prop 85 would have other detrimental impacts…
· It would cause pregnant teens to delay or avoid medical care, which would harm their bodies whether or not they decided continue a pregnancy
· It would cause teens to take dangerous measures to avoid parental notification, such as self-abortion, crossing state borders, and seeking illegal and unsafe abortions.
· It would create barriers to reproductive health services for all teens, including those that prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
· It would allow governmental control of how our families communicate
· It would leave no options for immigrant youth who are limited-English proficient or undocumented

Prop 85 is an important issue for all communities, and it would have the greatest impact in communities of color and low-income communities. There is no evidence that laws like Prop 85 improve family communication about sex. All it does is threaten the health and safety of our most vulnerable youth. For the sake of our daughters, we must speak out and take action against this dangerous initiative.

ACRJ is your resource for defeating Prop 85!
Prop 85 is a complex issue that raises many questions and concerns. If you'd like someone from ACRJ to give a short presentation or in-depth training on Prop 85, how it impacts our communities, and how we can all make an effort to defeat it, please email Maria Nakae, Alliance Building Coordinator at maria(at)reproductivejustice(dot)org. We can also help you figure out ways to get involved in fighting Prop 85 in your community. You will also find lots of useful information on this website that will help you learn more about Prop 85 and how to defeat it.

Download ACRJ's No on Prop 85 toolkit!
ACRJ's No on Prop 85: A Toolkit for Organizations and Activists is designed specifically for mobilizing communities of color to defeat Prop 85. Here, you will find lots of useful information on Prop 85, strategies for talking about Prop 85, a guide to mobilizing your community, and much more! Download a copy or email us to receive a hard copy.


October 12, 3:00pm-4:00pm: No on 85 Women of Color Community Forum, Los Angeles
Hosted by California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and the Los Angeles Reproductive Justice Coalition (LARJC). Please join us for a Community Forum for communities of color and social justice allies to learn about Prop 85's negative impact on women in our communities, to speak out against this proposition, and to strategize ways to take action against Prop 85!

October 23, 1:00pm: No on 85 Press Conference for Asian Media, San Francisco
Hosted by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA). Hear the perspectives of leaders in the Asian community on why California must defeat Prop 85.

October 26, 5:30-8:00pm: Election Forum, Oakland
Hosted by the Oakland Progressive Empowerment Network (OPEN). Join ACRJ and progressive allies in a discussion about Propositions 83, 85, 87 & 90.

October 30, 4:00-6:00pm: No on 85 Youth Forum, Oakland
Youth of color speak out against Prop 85! Join ACRJ's young leaders of SAFIRE (Sisters in Action for Issues of Reproductive Empowerment) and other youth to talk about how Prop 85 is a dangerous initiative for young people across California.

November 2, 5:00-7:00pm: ACRJ Phone-banking Event, Oakland
ACRJ staff and youth leaders will be joined by members of the NAPAWF Bay Area Chapter to do phone-banking to get the vote out against Proposition 85.

November 7, 2019: VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 85!

Learn More!

ACRJ Materials
· ACRJ toolkit.
· One-pagers: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean.
· No on 85 article in Intersections Fall 2019.

Campaign for Teen Safety Materials
· Jane Goes to the Doctor.
· Debunking the myths presented by Prop 85 proponents.

Additional Information on Prop 85 & Parental Notification
· Adolescents & parental notification for abortion - What CA can learn from other states.
· Involving parents in reproductive health decisions (CAHC).
· Adolescents & parental notification for abortion - What CA can learn from health care professionals (CAHL).
· Official Title & Summary.

Newspaper Articles
· Patient education information from Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine (University of Colorado).
· Parental notification initiative a bad use of resources (Mercury News).
· Don't fall for Prop 85 sales pitch (Santa Maria Times).
· No on Prop 85: Reject government-imposed communication (SacBee).
· No on Prop 85: Notification still won't help (Modesto Bee).
· Prop 85: Misguided attempt to help girls (Mercury News).
· No on 85 (Press-Enterprise).
· California's Prop 85: New, improved, still evil (
· Vote NO on Prop 85 (Contra Costa County News).
· All but two should end in the scrap heap (SB Sun).
· One-size-for-all law a bad idea (Ventury County).
· Vote No on Prop 85 (
· An assault on abortion rights (San Francisco Chronicle).

Chinese Language Articles
Sing Tao News.
World Journal News.
International Daily News.
The China Press.
Sing Tao News.
World Journal News.
Ming Pao News.
The Korea Times.

Additional Resources:
· Voices from the Front Lines on KPFK L.A., Hosted by: Lisa Adler and Damon Azali
Eveline Shen, Executive Director of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, discusses Proposition 85, a parental notification law that would require physicians to notify the parent or legal guardian of a minor seeking an abortion 48 hours before performing the procedure.
· Dear Abby: Mom's advice to daughter's friend backfires (The San Diego Union-Tribune).
· Watch the No on Prop 85 Ad.


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