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AB 1671 (Gomez): Legislature considers bill to protect Planned Parenthood health center doctors from threats, violence

August 30, 2016 | Legislation Watch
AB 1671

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 30, 2016
Contact: Ana Sandoval, 916-712-6239 cell, ana.sandoval@ppacca.org

WHO: CA State Senate and CA State Assembly

WHAT: AB 1671, which would prohibit the distribution of confidential recordings of health care providers and to protect abortion providers.

WHERE: Senate Floor, State Capitol 

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 30

BACKGROUND:
Both houses of the California Legislature are expected to vote later today (and possibly tomorrow) on a bill to help protect reproductive health care doctors from threats and violence – the kind of attacks that were generated last year by an anti-abortion front group that launched an internet smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.

AB 1671 (Gomez) would make it a crime to distribute recordings of private conversations of health care providers which were illegally obtained without the participants’ consent.

The bill is crafted to protect doctors and other health providers from video attacks similar to those carried out against Planned Parenthood last summer. That smear campaign used illegally obtained and maliciously edited videos to spread lies about Planned Parenthood. The result was a dramatic increase in the number of incidents of threats and violence against our health centers and providers.

“We urge the Legislature to pass AB 1671 to prevent future harassment of abortion providers,” said Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, the statewide public policy office. “California must send a clear message to the rest of the nation that threats and violence will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of reproductive and preventive health care, family planning and comprehensive sexual health education.

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