SACRAMENTO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Planned Parenthood is backing a California bill banning the publishing of secretly recorded video of health care provider facilities.
Assembly Bill 1671 (AB 1671) is sponsored by California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, the winner of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' Champion of Choice award. He has also received $13,500 in campaign donations by the organization.
The bill would make it a crime to "eavesdrop" or record a conversation with a "health care provider" with the intention of disclosing and distributing the conversation. It also makes it a crime for a person to "employ or direct any person to commit those acts" or even to "aid or abet any person in the commission of those offenses."
The bill includes people who merely distribute the recorded material, especially mentioning "Internet Web sites and social media." It adds, "Evidence obtained as a result of eavesdropping upon or recording a confidential communication in violation of this section is not admissible in any judicial, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding."
There would be a $2,500 fine and one year of prison per offense for the first conviction and a $10,000 fine and sentence of one year in prison per offense for a person who has previously been convicted of violating the law.
AB 1671 is a reaction to videos first published in July 2015 by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress showing top Planned Parenthood officials discussing the illegal sale of aborted baby parts for prices as high as $100 a specimen.
The videos set off a chain reaction leading to over 10 states dropping or limiting funding to Planned Parenthood and a greater scrutiny of its practices.
California, however, is one of the states that ignored the evidence of wrongdoing shown in the videos and instead attacked Daleiden. In April California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, had Daleiden's house raided and his computers seized. Harris is currently serving her second term as attorney general for California and is now running for the US Senate. Her 100% pro-abortion history has earned her multiple endorsements from the NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL) political action committee, a registered political activist organization which seeks out and supports pro-abortion candidates to ensure the suppression of pro-life legislation.
Pro-life organizations are protesting the legislation but they aren't the only ones. The non-partisan California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) is also protesting AB 1671, asserting in a press release:
Despite continued efforts to craft narrowly-tailored language that does not potentially capture journalists' activity, the bill's sponsor, Planned Parenthood, has been unwilling to squarely address CNPA's concerns to protect the redistribution of an illegal recording that depicts a matter of high public interest.
The release continues: "The amendments to the bill have narrowed its scope which would target only recordings where one party to the recording is a health care provider. While this does narrow the bill, it still captures a significant net of newsworthy content. It still has a chilling effect. And it still violates First Amendment law."
The bill cleared the appropriations committee and is headed for the assembly. It is not yet known when it will be voted on.