Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) delivered close to 1,000 letters today to Gov. Brown from supporters of legislation which would protect doctors and other health care professionals from threats and violence.
Last year the actions of anti-abortion radicals put the privacy and safety of Planned Parenthood doctors and other health providers at risk. Planned Parenthood was the subject of a malicious smear campaign by leaders of an anti-abortion front group who illegally taped the private conversations of Planned Parenthood doctors and other health center staff. Their goal was to spread lies about Planned Parenthood and prevent us from providing reproductive and preventive care to millions of women and men.
Since that smear campaign was launched, Planned Parenthood health centers have seen a 900% increase in threats and violence, culminating in the November shooting at a Colorado Springs health center, killing three and injuring nine.
AB 1671 would deter these malicious activities by making it illegal to distribute confidential electronic communications of health care providers that were illegally obtained without all parties’ consent.
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Planned Parenthood and bill author Asm. Jimmy Gomez’ office worked hard to craft a bill that carefully balances our constitutionally guaranteed rights of both privacy and free speech. This work led to the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Motion Picture Association of America removing their opposition to the bill.
“We urge the governor to sign AB 1671 to protect the safety and privacy of Planned Parenthood doctors and other health professionals and protect access to care for the hundreds of thousands of patients we serve. If California is going to protect the right to abortion, we must protect the privacy and safety of medical providers,” said Kathy Kneer, PPAC President and CEO.
In addition to the 1,000 support letters, AB 1671 is also supported by a broad coalition on health and rights groups including the California Medical Association, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, California Health+ Advocates, California Family Health Council, American Nurses Association California, Courage Campaign, National Abortion Federation, Feminist Majority, California Women’s Law Center, California Council of Churches IMPACT, Women’s Health Specialists of California, Act for Women and Girls, National Council of Jewish Women CA Policy Advocacy Network, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Nevada County Citizens for Choice.