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AB 1671 Moves to State Senate!

June 1, 2016 | Clinic Safety, Legislation Watch
Health care professionals

Help protect privacy rights of health providers

PPAC's sponsored bill, AB 1671 (Gomez), which protects the personal privacy rights of health professionals, passed the CA Assembly yesterday with 52 YES, 26 no votes! The bill, introduced by Asm. Jimmy Gomez, would make it a crime to distribute electronic communications of private conversations of health care providers that were illegally obtained without a person's consent.

Currently it is illegal to record or tape someone without their consent, but that law was enacted before the internet and before you could post videos at the touch of a button.

Planned Parenthood knows firsthand that the real harm is not just the taping of private conversations of health care providers -- it's the wide distribution of the tapes that violates an individual's right to privacy, and in the case of reproductive health providers, it actually endangers them.

Last year Planned Parenthood was the subject of a video smear campaign by an anti-abortion front group that illegally taped the private conversations of our doctors and other staff without their consent. This group then spliced together shards of longer conversations to fabricate short videos that spread lies about Planned Parenthood and posted those videos on the internet for millions to see.

"Since the smear campaign began last summer, Planned Parenthood health centers have seen a 900 percent increase in threats and violence," said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. "That's why it's so important to pass AB 1671 -- to protect the constitutional privacy rights and the safety of health providers."

Take a minute to say Thank you!

Special thanks go out to Asm. Speaker emeritus Toni Atkins and Asm. David Chiu for championing AB 1671 in the Assembly during the floor debate.

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Please take a minute to thank the following legislators who stood with Planned Parenthood and voted YES on AB 1671:

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, bill author Asm Jimmy Gomez and Assemblymembers Luis Alejo, Joaquin Arambula, Toni Atkins, Catharine Baker, Richard Bloom, Susan Bonilla, Rob Bonta, Cheryl Brown, Autumn Burke, Ian Calderon, Nora Campos, Ed Chau, David Chiu, Kansen Chu, Tom Daly, Matthew Dababneh, Bill Dodd, Susan Eggman, Jim Frazier, Eduardo Garcia, Mike Gatto, Mike Gipson, Lorena Gonzalez, Richard Gordon, Roger Hernández, Chris Holden, Jacqui Irwin, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Marc Levine, Patty Lopez, Evan Low, Kevin McCarty, Jose Medina, Kevin Mullin, Adrin Nazarian, Patrick O'Donnell, Bill Quirk, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Freddie Rodriguez, Rudy Salas, Miguel Santiago, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond, Philip Ting, Dr. Shirley Weber, and Das Williams.

The bill now moves to the California State Senate.

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