California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Criminalize Undercover Filming at Abortion Facilities

NucatolaSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers in California have passed a controversial bill that criminalizes undercover filming at abortion facilities in the state, sending the legislation now to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Planned Parenthood-backed bill, A.B. 1671, passed the state Assembly Wednesday with a 52-26 vote, and moved on to the Senate, where it likewise was approved with a party line vote of 26-13—but not without vocal opposition.

“When ’60 Minutes’ uses a hidden camera and discovers a unique story, it’s called outstanding journalism. But when a private citizen does it and unmasks a very, very unpleasant truth, it’s a call for legislation,” Sen. John Moorlach, R-Orange County, lamented.

As previously reported, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) proposed the measure earlier this year in light of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s provision of baby bodily organs to procurement companies.

“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 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.

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Several amendments have been made to the bill since its inception due to concerns from publishing and broadcasting groups who feared that journalists might be leveled with criminal penalties for reporting on the footage.

“A person aids and abets the commission of an offense when he or she, with knowledge of the unlawful purpose of the perpetrator and with the intent or purpose of committing, facilitating, or encouraging the commission of the offense, by act or advice, aids, promotes, encourages, or instigates the commission of the offense,” the text formerly read until earlier this week.

Pro-life groups have naturally spoken out against the legislation.

“This bill doesn’t protect women; instead, it puts Planned Parenthood above the law and lets it hide potentially illegal and abusive activity from public view,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action. “If this bill becomes law in California, Planned Parenthood could attempt to pass similar bans all over the country.”

“Planned Parenthood still can’t own up to the fact that their senior leadership was caught on camera talking about which places on a late-term baby to crush or not crush in order to harvest the most valuable body parts for sale–so instead they are trying to make it a crime to see the evidence,” David Daleiden, whose undercover videos were the motivation for the bill, also opined in a statement.

Similar dissent was expressed on Wednesday as A.B. 1671 came up for a vote.

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-El Cajon, remarked that the legislation was crafted to “protect an industry that destroys life” and that lawmakers were “rushing to ensure that [abortion facilities] can operate in secrecy.”

But Planned Parenthood praised the bill’s passage and urged Gov. Brown to sign the measure.

“If we’re going to protect the right to abortion, we must protect the privacy and safety of medical providers,” Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said in a statement. “We worked hard to craft a bill that balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech.”

Brown, a Roman Catholic, has 30 days to sign or veto the legislation.

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  • BobbyHead

    This is a demonic bill by godless democrats at covering up the butchery that goes on daily in the abortion champers of death. Almost 4,000 innocent babies are murdered everyday in America. Can this Nation long indure? Pure genocide.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    Big Abortion cannot let the truth out or their supply of blood money will dry up.

    But, the Truth WILL out.

    John 14:6 ESV

    ‘Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’

    John 8:32 ESV

    ‘And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ‘

    • Triamene

      There is no such thing as “big abortion”. There is no money in it.

      • Mara Jade S

        Where did you come up with that bizarre claim? That is so far from truth and reality as the east is from the west.

        • Triamene

          ‘Big Abortion’, does not exist. This is a medical procedure that makes almost no money because people like you insist it shouldn’t be covered by insurance or even most kinds of donations or even government money to groups like Planned Parenthood. It makes up a fraction of the medical world.

          • Mara Jade S

            It makes no money???? Are you for real? PPs own annual reports say the exact opposite of your claim.

          • Mara Jade S

            Oh, name me any other medical procedure that kills a human being.

          • Triamene

            What does that have to do with what we’re talking about?

          • Mara Jade S

            It has to do with your use of the term “medical procedure”. Medical procedures don’t deliberately kill human beings.

            I noticed you disregarded how I pointed out PPs own reports made nonsense of your claim about abortion not being a money maker.

  • Amos Moses

    well … as far as i know ….. the most damning videos were shot outside the “facilities” ….. and there is nothing to stop their being filmed outside that …… a minor inconvenience, HIPPA should be respected …… but the proud are proud for a reason … so they can flaunt it in front of others ……

    8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

    • Josey


  • james blue

    I don’t think filming should be outlawed, but perhaps the targets should have the legal right to have all raw footage and it should be illegal to delete removed footage of such filming if the footage is made public.

    The edited videos made by that guy who dressed as a pimp told a very different story than the story with all the unedited footage.

    • Amos Moses

      Cops and journalists are allowed to lie to liars …………

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      All of the full unedited videos were posted online by CMP, for those who wish to watch them, and independent analysis showed that these were unedited or altered in any way:

      http://www.breitbart .com/big-government/2015/09/29/independent-forensics-team-center-medical-progress-videos-authentic/

      As for the shorter videos, they are, by definition, edited, just as everything you watch on the news has been edited (shortened) to fit within the allotted timespan. Some news items ARE deceptively edited (like the George Zimmerman 9-11 call, maliciously edited by NBC News to make Zimmerman appear to be a racist), but not all editing of this nature is necessarily done in a deceptive manner.

      • james blue

        The unedited videos tell a different story, The unedited videos are part of the reason no investigation has found illegal practices by PP. Still the court of public opinion isn’t interested in the unedited videos and by the time the unedited videos make it to public the hit has been made.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          The unedited videos do not tell a different story – they include footage that was edited out. Those abortion ghouls actually said the things they said – the unedited videos do not change that. It’s not like the videos were doctored – they were edited in the normal fashion.

          The unedited videos show absolutely no difference whatsoever when it comes to the rank moral depravity of PP and their cohorts.

          The reason that PP has not been found guilty has nothing to do with their innocence any more than the fact that Hillary is not busting rock in Leavenworth means that she is innocent. We have a very sick judicial system, an administration and media that covers up for the slaughter of humans in the womb, and a public that is no less apathetic toward abortion than Germans living near concentration camps were towards Jews at one time.

          It never ceases to amaze me that there is ANYONE left in 2016 who can defend a large corporation whose primary profits are derived from killing humans. If this had been ANY other white collar crime whistleblower, then the Left would be crowning CMP a hero.

      • Mara Jade S

        When even PPs hired group says the videos aren’t fraud, and the hired group saw only a few (if that) of the edited videos, you’d think they’d listen.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Excellent point – thank you, Mara – you have a great memory!

          • Mara Jade S

            I watched the videos, (not all but some), had the reports from both hired evaluation groups on my phone… i best remember it!!! ?

      • Rick Derris

        Why are you citing a racist website?

        • Mara Jade S

          Why not go for homophobic and sexist while you’re at it.

          • Rick Derris

            They’re that, too. Breitbart is the premiere website for white supremacy.

          • Mara Jade S

            I have a leftie friend who is a reporter and hates Breitbart and even he doesn’t make that bizarre claim.

          • Rick Derris

            Why is it bizarre to call something racist when it’s racist?

          • Mara Jade S

            In a world that has people claiming that nude bras and band-aids are racist and claims of racism are thrown about simply to shut people up, i take claims of racism with a grain of salt until there’s empirical proof. Given i rarely read it, yet hear all sorts of complaints about it, racism was a new one on me. Given my reporter friend’s disdain for Breitbart, if it were racist, he’d have said something by now to me.

          • Rick Derris

            Yeah, I get it. You allow yourself to be blinded by white privilege and find ways to dismiss the grievances of minorities instead of listening to them (for example, the brass and band aids being evidence that we live in a culture that values whiteness above everything else).

            So when a blatantly, overtly racist site gets called racist, you, “take it with a grain of salt”.

          • Mara Jade S

            Why are YOU ASSuming I’m white? Are you actually saying I HAVE to be white because no black person actually realizes that just because someone claims racism doesn’t make it so? You mean you think black people can’t think for themselves?

            You do realize nude bras come in ALL shades of nude, right? And I’ve yet to see a white person that particular band-aid color.

            I noticed you very clearly ignored the part about empirical evidence so you could make this false narrative that I ignore the grievances of minorities. You didn’t even give proof that Breitbart was racist, because I’m supposed to just take your word for it.

            For all that stupidity, I’m dismissing YOU.

          • Rick Derris

            Lol. You got fragile very fast!

            Demanding proof that Breitbart is racist is like demanding proof that Stormfront is racist. All you have to do is read it.

          • Mara Jade S

            You made false accusations, but I’m fragile? Bwa ha ha!

            I don’t think you understand how this works. YOU claimed Breitbart was racist. That means YOU provide the proof. You don’t get to make others do your work in backing up your claim because you’re intellectually lazy.

          • Rick Derris

            I thought you had dismissed me! Lol!

            Yeah, you have white fragility. It’s a thing. Google it.

            And I know you’re so white you bathe in mayonnaise.

      • Triamene

        Breitbart? Really?

        • Mara Jade S

          It’s a logical fallacy to dismiss a source out of hand. Especially since you just don’t like what it has to say.

          • Triamene

            I’m far from the only one who doesn’t like what it has to say.

  • robertzaccour

    The real crime is these abortion facilities being open in the first place.

  • Josey

    what is hidden in the dark will come out regardless. They obviously have a lot to hide.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Nazi Germany tried to hide what they were doing to the Jews but everything was revealed at the end. What is being done in abortion facilities is known to mankind but the Holocaust is not still stopped. So sad that women and government bodies are killing children as if they’d live forever on Earth when in fact Judgment Day is approaching. (Romans ch.8)

    • Logic

      That is fiction: post-war Zionist propaganda to consolidate international support for the overthrow of Palestine. No Jews died. Hitler himself was a Jew with a Jewish middle name who tried to hide his identity and this is admitted by the History Channel which is controlled by CIA Jews. He was an agent of world zionism who signed contracts with them to train Jews for kibbutz life and to deport them to Palestine (this was the final solution) in order to populate it with enough Jews to then be able to overthrow Palestine (the Palestinians made the big mistake of allowing the Jews to immigrate and stay there as refugees among them). Hitler was a Rothschild Jew.

      You need to read the book “An Eye For An Eye” by the Jew John Sack who proves that the majority of Nazi guards and commandants were Jews. The book is available online in pdf form. The New York Times is the #2 newspaper of the united states. It is a Jewish owned paper. It is owned by the Sulzberger family. The New York Times did their own independent investigation and verified everything John Sack said. The New York Times thereafter promoted his book.

      Over 85% of the people who died were Catholics. WWII and socialism was the attempted extermination of the Catholic Church by the Jews but they are trying to claim the almost exclusive persecutions and sufferings of the Catholics as their own. There were 22 concentration camps. According to official history Hitler carried out his homicidal operations at 6 camps and they are located in Poland which is a Catholic country that was forcibly taken over by Hitler. If you look at the memorials there it is a purely Catholic matter: statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lord and pictures of them and Crosses and Rosaries all over. There are no Jewish memorials because no Jews died. Furthermore the Nazi Jewish commandants murdered countless people.

      Watch the online video “Babylon Has Fallen, Fallen!!” and “Alert: REevelation 18:2 Just Happened!” they are available on youtube

  • Logic

    Contrary to the claims of the author of this article the governor of California is not a Catholic. Assuming he was ever even validly baptized to begin with (and that is not likely) then he is an apostate. It is heresy to believe in or endorse the murder of infants and the ascendancy of sodomites. Those who do not believe in or rebel against the Teachings of the Church are outside the Body of Christ.

    You should watch the viral videos on youtube: “Alert: Revelation 18:2 Just Happened!” and “Babylon Has Fallen, Fallen!!”

  • Richard Finman

    This is truly evil. If people have nothing to hide then what is the problem? To characterize this part of PP as providing “healthcare” is an awful thing. The people who perform such acts are truly sick and we need to pray that they turn from their wicked ways and follow Christ.
    I do find it fascinating though that people defend aggressively the right of a woman to choose just because her baby is in the womb. What about the rights of the unborn child?

  • Criminals protecting criminals, enabled by 18th-century criminals, canonized by contemporary Christians.

    Had the 18th-century founders (like their 17th-century Christian Colonial forbears) established government and society upon Yahweh’s moral law (including Exodus 21:22-23), infanticide (wrongly termed “abortion”) would be all but unheard of and Planned Parenthood would be non-existent:

    “… 3. Every problem America faces today can be traced back to the fact that the framers failed to expressly establish a government upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Would infanticide and sodomy be tolerated, let alone financed by the government, if Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments were the law of the land? Would Islam be a looming threat to our peace and security if the First Amendment had been replaced with the First Commandment? Would Americans be in nearly as much debt if usury had been outlawed as a form of theft? Would crime be as rampant if “cruel and unusual punishment” had not been outlawed and criminals were instead punished with Yahweh’s altogether righteous judgments? Would we be on the fiscal cliff if we were taxed with a flat increase tax rather than a graduated income tax?)….

    “On February 27, 2009, James Dobson conceded that we have lost the culture wars. This is the consequence of Christians having spent the last two centuries lopping at the rotten branches of our culture’s corrupt tree while watering and fertilizing its roots….

    “We should lop away at the tree’s corrupt branches (infanticide, sodomy, the economy, etc.). However, until the root of these problems is Biblically addressed, we will never shut down the infanticide mills, we will never defeat the sodomites, and we will never fix the economy. In short, we will never win the culture wars. This issue is more than important for anyone concerned about God, our nation, and the future of our posterity, it’s the cutting- edge issue of our day….”

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