California’s legislature has sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that could jail whistleblowers, undercover investigators and others who report on the health care industry without permission.
Written by Planned Parenthood and passed on Wednesday, AB 1671 is a response to undercover pro-life investigative videos that brought to light the abortion giant’s use of illegal abortions to allegedly make illegal profit. According to a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood’s California chapter, the bill is meant to protect abortionists.
“If we’re going to protect the right to abortion, we must protect the privacy and safety of medical providers,” said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), in a press statement. “We worked hard to craft a bill that balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech.”
The bill had originally been designed to punish both investigators and media outlets that used information gathered through undercover work. However, pressure from media groups caused bill sponsor Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez to eliminate the latter portion, leaving just investigators potentially facing three years in jail or a $2,500 fine after a first offense.