ELDER PATRIOT – In an amazing act intended to protect the illegal actions of their political cronies California legislators passed a bill this past Wednesday that criminalizes exposing the criminal activity of Planned Parenthood.
Incredibly, this bill carves out a special niche that would allow Planned Parenthood to continue harvesting fetal organs for profit with impunity.
Ostensible written to protect confidential communications with a “healthcare” provider the bill defines that as, “any communication carried on in circumstances that reasonably indicate that any party to the communication desires it to be confined to the parties thereto.”
The bill was written to criminalize future attempts aimed at exposing Planned Parenthood’s monetizing of illegally harvested fetal tissue as the Center for Medical Progress did last summer in a series of undercover videos.
The bill is so transparent in its purpose that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) felt compelled to express their disapproval with it:
“We know of no legitimate governmental reason for singling-out disclosure of all health care provider communications for special criminal sanctions, making the bill vulnerable not only on first amendment grounds but also on equal protection grounds,” the ACLU noted in their opposition to the bill.
“The same rationale for punishing communications of some preferred professions/industries could as easily be applied to other communications – e.g., by law enforcement, animal testing labs, gun makers, lethal injection drug producers, the petroleum industry, religious sects.”
Even the ultra liberal LA Times expressed their opposition in an editorial:
“Make no mistake, this measure would heap more criminal and civil penalties on making a secret recording — an act that’s already prohibited by state law, even when done in the public interest — simply to satisfy an interest group popular among Sacramento Democrats.
“In fact, it would further disincentivize potential whistleblowers from recording malfeasance when they witness it — for example, a patient who sees her doctor handing out opioid prescriptions like candy, or a farm worker who catches a veterinarian approving a sick cow for the slaughterhouse. The potential for unanticipated and unwelcome consequences is huge.”
The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Hopefully, the governor recognizes this for what it is. The bill is both, an overt attempt to obscure the criminal activity of an important political constituency and a means of stifling dissent from the political opposition.
It’s almost a certainty that the governor will sign the legislation into law and turn determining the constitutionality of it over to the partisan judges he’s previously appointed.
If the past eight years have taught us anything it’s that politicians will stop at nothing to achieve protect their corporate partnerships.