Planned Parenthood gag bill in trouble?

ACLU, press groups and some liberals express opposition
From left: Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood; David Daleiden, who set off the Congressional investigation; Mary Gatter, famous for her “I want a Lamborghini” in the videos

From left: Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood; David Daleiden, who set off the Congressional investigation into the abortion giant; Mary Gatter, famous for her “I want a Lamborghini” in the Center for Medical Progress videos

The following comes from an August 29 Sacramento Bee article by Alexei Koseff:

California lawmakers’ response to the controversial series of videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood breaking the law has alienated some liberal allies of the organization, which is now negotiating changes to save its bill in the final days of the session.

Assembly Bill 1671, by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, would make it a crime to distribute recordings of a private conversation with a health care provider that were made without their consent. Penalties for the proposed new crime would be similar to those that already exist for making unauthorized recordings of a conversation in California.

The bill’s sponsor, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said that stronger deterrents are needed for groups like the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress, which sparked a national outcry last summer by releasing undercover videos that it claimed showed Planned Parenthood officials selling aborted fetuses.

But critics, who also have the ear of the same Democratic lawmakers that are Planned Parenthood’s strongest legislative allies, are raising objections over the consequences of the bill.

Kevin Baker, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, said they share Planned Parenthood’s concerns about privacy, but the measure is written too broadly and could inadvertently catch people in criminal activity. Lawyers and journalists who share material from a whistleblower, he said, could be held liable for aiding and abetting.

With time running out before Wednesday’s legislative deadline, amendments are still being floated to win over skeptical members of the Senate, where AB 1671 awaits a vote.

“Everyone is supportive of Planned Parenthood, because it was a terrible thing that happened to them,” said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. But she doesn’t want to see a solution that punishes media organizations for exposing information that would benefit the public.

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  1. “Everyone is supportive of Planned Parenthood, because it was a terrible thing that happened to them,” said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. But she doesn’t want to see a solution that punishes media organizations for exposing information that would benefit the public.

    Awwwwww, poor Planned Parenthood. Everyone is so supportive of it because of the terrible thing that happened to it.

    Nevermind that it was exposed for macabre and illegal practices in haggling over the price of baby organs and intact baby corpses.

    Planned Parenthood is of the devil, and the politicians that aid Planned Parenthood are doing the devil’s work. That includes Governor Brown.

  2. John Patrick says:

    This is an vicious organization who wish to take away free speech. Very much like dictatorial associations of the past.

  3. Catherine says:

    NFL Football Star Breaks It Down In Blunt Terms For Black Clinton Supporters

    http://usherald.com/nfl-football-star-breaks-blunt-terms-black-clinton-supporters/

    Benjamin Watson is a man of conviction, a devout Christian and a family man, he’s also African-American, and oh yes, an NFL football star who just signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Ravens.

    “We sit here and talk about advancing the black agenda, and then we are turning around and we are killing our children, and we are buying the lie that it’s our personal decision to make.”

  4. helen wheels says:

    PP gag bill? Other than it being totally unconstitutional, what’s the problem?

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