Planned Parenthood, California AG’s Office Collaborated to Craft Bill Criminalizing Undercover Filming

NucatolaSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials with the California attorney general’s office and an attorney with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood collaborated to craft the recently-passed bill criminalizing undercover filming at abortion facilities, emails show.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation obtained copies of email correspondence between the two entities via a Public Records Act request and discovered that Planned Parenthood was very much a part in writing a law that would keep others from recording its activities.

The emails reveal that Beth Parker, attorney for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, wrote to Jill Habig, special counsel to Attorney General Kamala Harris, to send her a number of drafts for the proposed bill.

“Attached is the language for AB 1671, proposed amendments to Penal Code section 632,” Parker wrote in one message. “I look forward to your thoughts about this.”

“Here’s the rewrite of the video tape bill,” she said in another, after providing an amended draft. “Let me know what you think.”

An email also shows that Robert Sumner, the special counsel for legislation in the attorney general’s office, reached out to Christina Romero, legislative director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, to ask what the organization’s “legislative priorities” were that session.

“[J]ust generally in the interest of being helpful where I can,” he wrote.

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Ronald Rotunda, a professor at Chapman University in Orange, told the Washington Post this week that it appears that Harris’ office was “working with Planned Parenthood to protect it from criminal prosecution.”

“The state attorney general is supposed to represent the people of California, not a particular industry in California,” he said. “What would people say if the attorney general would be working with the local slaughterhouses to help them cover up instances of cruelty to animals?”

As previously reported, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) officially 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.

The bill passed the state Assembly on Aug. 31 with a 52-26 vote, and moved on to the Senate, where it likewise was approved with a party line vote of 26-13.

Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, outlined in a statement following its passage, “We worked hard to craft a bill that balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech.”

Now, an attorney for David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress opines that the information revealed in the recently-obtained emails shows that there exists a “potential scandal” in Harris using state-paid staff to collude to target Daleiden.

Harris’ office had also searched Daleiden’s apartment in April and seized all of his recorded videos.

“Instead of investigating the abortion industry’s trade in fetal body parts, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is using valuable taxpayer resources to protect Planned Parenthood’s financial interests by criminalizing whistle-blower videos,” Alexandra Snyder, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, also remarked in a statement.

“… AB 1671 is a flagrant violation of First Amendment free speech rights, yet Harris is willing to ignore the Constitution in order to provide a safe harbor for Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities,” she said.

The bill has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who must decide within the next few days whether to approve or veto the legislation.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Injustice reigns and Holocaust never stops in the Non-christian USA. So sad. May there be God’s justice swiftly upon all those who harm the unborn children.

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      I agree.

    • the greedy boat

      Why cheapen the memory of the holocaust by comparing it to abortion? For shame.

      • TheBottomline4This

        Cheapen? LOL
        Murder is murder, in the womb or out.

        • the greedy boat

          Comparing abortion to the holocaust is a cheap way to try to score emotional points.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Murder is murder, in the womb or out.
            Seems you are the one cheapening Abortion by thinking the holocaust is worse than abortions. Both are just as bad as the other. smh

          • the greedy boat

            yeah, not so much. you can not murder the unborn. they are not legal citizens. murder is a legal term.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Your ignorance is your bliss.

          • the greedy boat

            however you need to spin it…

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        It’s the same thing. Powerful humans eliminating defenseless humans perceiving them as sub-humans. Nations act like Nazi Germany when they don’t adhere to Christian sanctity of life regarding the unborn children. Man can only value and cherish another’s life when he fears God. (Exodus ch.1)

        • the greedy boat

          it is not the same thing at all. it is unfortunate that you would use the suffering and death that was the holocaust and compare it to a routine medical procedure that you have a problem with.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Abortion is worse than Holocaust, because Holocaust survivors could voice what they went through, but the unborn victims can’t. Holocaust victims are more than 6 million and the abortion victims are countless billion worldwide. Unborn babies are truly altogether voiceless and defenseless, though it is same taking away of human life by villains.

          • the greedy boat

            abortion is simply a personal decision. nothing more, nothing less. comparisons to the holocaust are pitiful. pitiful.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Abortion is murder of an innocent child. You were once an unborn child in your mother’s womb, too. Unlike those who were massacred, you are alive today only because your mother did not choose to abort you. Unborn babies are not sub-humans but fully human. Life starts at conception. Read the Word of God, Psalm ch.139 and John ch.3.

          • the greedy boat

            abortion is not murder. women are not obligated to carry their pregnancies to term.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The baby is not part of the woman’s body. It is a separate human life and must not be killed for mere inconvenience. You’ve been brainwashed by the witches.

          • the greedy boat

            it is not a separate life until after birth. any reason a woman has for not wanting to carry her pregnancy to term is reason enough. i know no witches and have not been brainwashed.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It is a separate life with distinct DNA; it is another life growing within a life. Unless the mother’s life will be in a life-threatening physical danger by carrying the pregnancy term, killing the baby inside for inconvenience is murder. Witches take delight in killing children; they are sold onto Satan. Demon-worshipers sacrifice children to demons by killing them. That’s what abortion is really about.

          • the greedy boat

            yes, distinct dna, but not at all separate, it is completely dependent on the pregnant women for everything. if a women does not wish to continue her pregnancy she does not have to. if abortion were murder (it is not) we sure do have a lot of lazy police officers.
            witches, satan, demon worshipers, and child sacrifice, you must have the best haunted house on the block. kudos.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans


          • Bob Johnson

            Have you been watching “Rosemary’s Baby” again?

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            *headdesk**facepalm* Seriously? Witches selling children to Satan. Demon-worshippers sacrifice children to demons by killing them? Woman you need help!

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            The baby is not part of the woman’s body.

            So the woman is not obligated to eat, to feed the baby? Cause you claim it’s not part of the woman’s body.

          • Jolanda Tiellemans

            I’ll take it you have never met a Holocaust surviver, never went to a Jewish museum? You should, you learn a lot, if you have the stomach for it, cause the stories they tell, horror.

  • Edward MacGuire

    Planned Parenthood provides tests and treatments to 4.2 million people for sexually transmitted infections including more than 650,000 HIV tests.

    Only 3% of Planned Parenthood health services involve abortion.

    How does 3% = ‘abortion giant’?

  • TheBottomline4This

    Abortion is never a right choice.
    If you don’t want a baby, don’t have sex. A judge in our area tells people if they don’t want a baby to keep their pants on. I think she’s right.
    If you don’t want a baby, use birth control.
    If you don’t want the baby you are pregnant with, let the child live and put the baby up for adoption or allow someone in your family/friends to adopt the baby.
    If the tragic situation of rape happens, it’s not the baby’s fault. Let the baby live and put the baby up for adoption.
    There is no reason to have a baby shredded to death just because you don’t want a baby.
    Those who want an abortion, should watch an abortion.
    The numbers would decline dramatically!!!

    • This would be nice, except you should read how the birth control stuff works – specifically how it does not prevent conception, but causes an abortion after 7 days. It is just another wonderful choice from the abortion mill, brought to you by Margaret Sanger to shed blood with the noble goal of free fornication for foolish falling fellows.

  • Reason2012

    Criminals in our administration defending criminals. It’s how Hillary got away with treason against America when others were jailed for doing far less of the same thing. Deletes emails and gets specialists to wipe the bits off the hard-drive so no one in the world could ever recover them off the drive. Americans need to be contacting their representatives and get them to do their job upholding our laws. And these people need to be sued protecting the abortionist criminals.

  • And in other news, a Hollywood director is set to be locked up for distributing secretly filmed stock footage of a highway with cars flying by, without obtaining permission from the drivers of those cars, much less from the cars themselves.