California Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Criminalize Undercover Filming at Abortion Facilities

No Planned ParenthoodSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following controversy over undercover videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) into the practices of Planned Parenthood, a lawmaker in California has introduced a bill that would make secretly recording inside abortion facilities punishable by up to a year behind bars.

“It is the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to prohibit any person from intentionally video recording a confidential communication, or disclosing or distributing that video-recording communication, without obtaining the consent of all parties to the communication,” A.B. 1671, introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez ,reads.

It criminalizes any person who “intentionally discloses or attempts to disclose, or distributes or attempts to distribute, distributes, in any manner, in any forum, including, but not limited to, Internet Web sites and social media, or for any purpose, the contents of the a confidential communication with a health care provider.”

Violations may result in up to a year behind bars and/or a $2,500 fine. Repeat offenders may face up to a $10,000 fine.

Publishing and broadcasting groups had expressed opposition to the bill until it was amended to include language applying specifically to health care providers.

Planned Parenthood has now expressed its support of the measure, calling it “a key improvement that closes a current loophole in privacy laws around illegal videotaping.” It has also issued a letter urging lawmakers to “support AB 1671 (Gomez) to prohibit the distribution of illegally obtained video tapes and protect privacy.”

But pro-life groups have expressed concern over the proposed legislation, stating that it not only violates the First Amendment but also would prohibit evidence of criminal activity from being obtained and turned over to authorities.

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“For years, undercover journalists have documented Planned Parenthood employees covering up for sex traffickers, failing to report child sexual abusers, and trafficking in baby body parts,” Lila Rose of Live Action said in a statement. “Rather than be more transparent with the public, Planned Parenthood wants to make it a crime for the media to publish evidence that it might be doing something illegal.”

She remarked that because Planned Parenthood is publicly funded, Americans need to know about the activities at the organization.

“This bill puts Planned Parenthood’s interests ahead of the First Amendment, its clients, and the public, and it would keep evidence of illegal or abusive activity hidden from nearly everyone’s view,” Rose stated.

As previously reported, CMP’s David Daleiden released a series of undercover videos last year after he had posed as a representative of a fetal tissue procurement company in order to engage in discussions with Planned Parenthood officials as a potential buyer of bodily organs. He recorded the interactions, conducted at various locations across the country, as part of his “human capital” investigative series.

The first of nearly a dozen videos was released by CMP featured Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola, who nonchalantly munched on salad and sipped wine as she talked about adjusting the child so as not to crush certain organs due to the demand for the body part.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” she explains.

“[Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers,” Nucatola outlines. “You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that—-you know. We’ve been very good at getting the heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so ‘I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’”

The second video showed Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors Council, haggling with the undercover investigators about the compensation for the fetal organs, laughing, “I want a Lamborghini.” Other footage showed an actual aborted baby being dissected in a dish, with an assistant declaring, “Another boy!” and another video showed an abortionist laughing about how harvesting an intact baby head would be “something to strive for.”

Planned Parenthood apologized for the insensitive “tone” of the first video, but denied that it profits from its agreements with scientific organizations. It soon announced that it would stop receiving reimbursement for “expenses” surrounding the provision of body parts of aborted babies. The abortion giant argued that the dead babies were beneficial in research to find cures for diseases.

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  • TheBottomline4This

    “..a lawmaker in California has introduced a bill that would make secretly recording inside abortion facilities punishable by up to a year behind bars”
    I’m sure some would be willing to risk “up to a year” to reveal the evils that goes on in PP.
    PP is an evil organization that has killed millions of people…person’s according to Hillary Clinton…who never had the choice to live due to the mother choosing to kill them, either because she was selfish or ignorant.

  • Oboehner

    Something to hide?

    • gogo0

      people already tried to find something illegal at PP and couldnt, so they wrote their own story. the bill is likely to protect women during a private medical procedure -with the added bonus of stopping pro-lifers from lying for jesus with manufactured propganda

      • Oboehner

        Sure, Gosnell was legit. One wouldn’t want to prove infanticidal butchers are actually ending human life for fun and profit, so any evidence must be silenced just like the babies screams.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    To be fair, even many liberal groups have condemned this bill as pure fascism. This proposal will convert many to pro-life, because it is overtly heavy-handed.

    If you would like to upload your favorite picture or video of Pro-Aborts Gone Wild, go to:

    http://www .peopleofchoice .com/

  • sammy13

    Should criminalize the murder of the unborn.

    • Donald J Trump

      And send all those murderers to jail for killing innocent babies.
      For LIFE (it is murder)
      Better start building more jails.
      AND more cemeteries, because criminalizing abortion doesn’t actually stop abortions, but does end up with more women dying.
      So that means MORE deaths overall…

      • Pererin

        Well then, I’ll assume that your statement is true for now, although I’m pretty sure it’s nonsense.
        I’m sure you are lamenting the decision to stop the Nazi’s scientific experimentation of ‘undesirables’. Just think of all the lost, life saving data that has been lost since then. So many people would have been saved from those deaths!
        What a backward way of thinking. You seriously believe that people must die so that fewer may die?

        • Donald J Trump

          Facts are facts.
          (Nice of you to bring up Nazis for no reason. New record)

          • Pererin

            As you say, facts are facts. You comments very starkly shows the horrific dangers of humanism.

          • Donald J Trump

            I notice you didn’t address my concerns, just went straight to nazis.
            Are you willing to put every woman who has an abortion in jail for life, because they are a murderer? Are you pleased that it will cost more lives?

          • Pererin

            As I said, I gave you a bye with your concerns. I’m suggesting that your problem isn’t people dying. Your problem is that you are willing to murder real people for the sake of potential deaths that may never happen. You are happy to certainly murder innocent people for the sake of deaths that may or may not happen. Twisted indeed. You are doing a fine job of exposing the monstrosity of humanism. The parallels I made with the Nazis are valid, you just refuse to accept that your views are no better than theirs.

          • Donald J Trump

            Again, you did’t address my concerns.
            More people will die if abortion is outlawed. And you are happy with that?
            That’s not very Christ like.

          • Pererin

            And again you are ignoring my reply. You are not addressing your moral problem. You are relying on innocent people to be murdered for the sake of people who may or may not die. That is my reply. Of course I don’t want more people to die, but that isn’t the point. To get to those potential deaths you must first get the ugly business of murdering millions of innocent people through abortions. For some reason you are happy to skirting over that massive and undeniable fact. By the way, the facts that you are claiming are unfounded and totally hypothetical. You cannot use these made up circumstances to justify real, cold, hard, factual deaths.

            You are playing a sick game.

          • Oh, Snap

            It has been proven through a lot of studies that outlawing abortion doesn’t reduce the abortion rate.
            So, that is a fact. And women deaths go up. That is a fact. Not ‘may or may not’. A fact.
            And are you willing to put all those people in jail for life? One in 3 women?
            That’s harsh. Very harsh.

          • Josey

            give a link to the fact that outlawing abortion won’t reduce the abortion rate, you can’t because it’s absurd, if abortion wasn’t legal, the abortion rate would have to go down, common sense and since abortion has been legal since the seventies, when was a study done?

          • Pererin

            Firstly, I question these studies you claim exist. Secondly, these deaths are still hypothetical even if your studies are reliable and real. So, no there are no facts, simply hypothetical deaths. I will give you a fact though, one that you can ignore but not deny, these abortions lead to actual deaths. Not hypothetical deaths, not one or two, millions of real deaths, everyday. It is happening. You seem happy to ignore this undeniable fact but are unhappy with hypothetical deaths. What right do you have to volunteer these children to be sacrificed for your hypothesis? It’s madness. But let’s go further, let’s paint a realistic picture of what’s happening here.
            If the government thought that killing you would save other people’s lives, would you be happy with them deciding without even asking you, even though you are innocent to come into your house, brutally rip you apart killing you without warning? Their only justification being that they believe it may, one day save other people’s lives. Do you think that is right?

          • Oh, Snap

            “The abortion rate was similar regardless of the legal status of the procedure. It was 37 per 1,000 women in countries where it was prohibited altogether or only permitted to save the woman’s life and 34 where abortion was available on request.”

            Might as well smoke 80 cigs a day.
            Only a hypothetical death.

            Put poison in drinking supply. Simply hypothetical deaths.

            Better start building more prisons and put 1-in-3 women away for life.

          • Pererin

            I’m not sure I understand your analogies. Are these 80 cigarettes a day made of aborted babies? Is the poison produced using aborted babies too? You just can’t help ignoring these deaths can you?
            So you think once abortion is criminalised 1 in 3 women will have illegal abortions? I doubt that very much. Your quote not reliable at all. How can you compare different countries in this way? They will have vastly different forms of sexual education, health care, levels of crime, social issues etc all of which would effect the number of requests for abortion. Criminalising abortion in the US would be vastly different to criminalising abortion in Cambodia or legalising abortion in Brazil for example. This is a really unreliable use of the statistics.

          • Donald J Trump

            “the facts that you are claiming are unfounded”
            Look them up. Studies everywhere back those claims.
            I put the studies here hours ago, but I was censored.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    How are they going to capture criminals, then? How come American major movies never feature the fate of unwanted children in wombs, though they make every single area of human life a movie theme even by lying and false imagining?

    • gogo0

      the majority of evangelical christians in America are conservatives and actively vote against helping “the defenseless” that have been born into poverty for one reason or another. seems like those ones that are alive and suffering would be a good starting point,. i’m guessing the plan is to begin showing compassion for living children after the abortion problem is solved?

      • Josey

        The majority of evangelical Christians, what baloney, most of the help for the poor comes from Christian volunteers and Christian donations but donations are only a temporary solution.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    Yeah.! ……. We should hv put Bob Woodward in jail for whistle-blowing on Watergate.*sarcasm*

  • Brad F

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

    People who are not speeding have nothing to fear from radar, do they?

  • james blue

    It should be illegal to not release the full unedited raw footage along with the edited versions,

    • 0pus

      Everything you dislike should be illegal.
      That’s what progressivism is – bend the government to outlawing everything you hate. Funny thing is, you’d still call that “freedom.”

      You lefties are all fascists pretending to be tolerant and inclusive. The supreme hypocrites of all time.

      • james blue

        Everything you dislike should be illegal.” My comment history (unlike yours) is open for public view, by all means try to make a case.

        If however you are going to film and release edited video that may or may not harm others then why would you hide the raw footage that would show your edited video was an honest representation of reality?

        • gogo0

          at least when muslims lie to get what they want, they say that its in their book that they are allowed. christians dont have that luxury as far as i know. all they have to do is ask forgiveness, but how would a god look on them willfully breaking it’s commandments with the plan of getting forgiven right after? if we ask them, im sure its all fine somehow

      • gogo0

        “Everything you dislike should be illegal.
        That’s what progressivism is – bend the government to outlawing everything you hate. Funny thing is, you’d still call that “freedom.””

        hilarious to see these kinds of comments pop up from time to time. an extreme display of cognitive dissonance.

    • Pererin

      I agree, while we are at it, let’s open it up totally. When you go for an abortion, show the mother to be, the graphic images of what an abortionist is about to do to their child. Show them what their child looks like, let them here their heartbeat. That should stop an awful lot of abortions for sure. That would save many lives. Let’s give people the whole gruesome truth about act of abortion.

      • james blue

        The difference between you and me is I’m for making the information fully available, you are for forcing people to watch it

        • Pererin

          Yes, and they should be. People are ignorant of it. Most people are totally unaware of it, most have totally fallen for the myth that the baby is just a gloop of cells for starters.

  • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

    PP getting desperate. I hope they are are bribing lawmakers to pass laws to help protect PP.