California Gov. Jerry Brown, who benefited from an estimated $150,000 in election support from abortionists at Planned Parenthood, has signed a bill that protects the organization from future undercover investigations such as the one in 2015 that exposed its baby body parts trade.
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life Live Action, blasted the state’s move to prevent future revelations such as the Planned Parenthood executive who, while negotiating for higher prices for baby body parts, said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
“We found out … that instead of investigating Planned Parenthood for trafficking in baby body parts, California’s attorney general reportedly worked with Planned Parenthood to write a bill to suppress evidence of future abuses,” she said. “Now, Gov. Brown, whom Planned Parenthood spent over $150,000 to get elected, has signed the bill, which jails journalists and whistleblowers who expose such horrific acts.”
She said it’s “precisely because of such investigative reporting that Planned Parenthood’s CEO was forced to admit to Congress last year that the abortion giant had accepted $60 for each child’s organ it had harvested through abortions.”
“With the help of the California legislature, the attorney general, and the governor, the nation’s largest abortion provider will be able to continue to hide human rights abuses and potentially illegal activity from the very public that funds it. Now that Planned Parenthood was successful in getting this anti-free speech law passed in California, it will only be emboldened to attempt to pass similar bans on press freedom all over the country.”
Lifesitenews reported the new law makes undercover video investigations illegal, “even if the behavior they expose is illegal.”
It bans the recording and publishing of “confidential communication with a health care provider,” including on websites and social media.
The penalty for a first offense is a fine of $2,500 and up to one year in prison.
Assembly Bill 1617, promoted by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, was celebrated by Planned Parenthood.
There currently is a ban on recordings of “confidential” health information, but the new plan expands and substantially increases the penalties.
“The Center for Medical Progress never recorded ‘confidential’ communications, so California’s existing recording law and the new distribution provision are simply inapplicable to our work,” David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress told Lifesitenews.
He said it’s “clear that Planned Parenthood does not want to be held accountable to the public, whose taxpayer money it gladly takes by the hundreds of millions, and will even attack freedom of speech and the freedom of the press in order to maintain its own arbitrary levels of secrecy.”
It was CMP that went undercover to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses for the 2015 series of videos. CMP found abortionists negotiating for higher prices for the baby body parts and discussing how they could adjust abortion procedures to get a specific organ.
But federal law bans those adjustments, as well as any profit on the sale of organs.
Rose, whose organization also has done undercover video work revealing Planned Parenthood workers covering up for sex traffickers and failing to report child sexual abusers, warned “Planned Parenthood wants to make it a crime for the media to publish evidence that it might be doing something illegal.”
The Sacramento Bee reported the bill “increases punishments for secret recordings like those that enveloped Planned Parenthood in controversy last summer.”
There had been objections from media organizations, who were satisfied when penalties for broadcasting a video made by a third party were removed.
“When ’60 Minutes’ uses a hidden camera and discovers a unique story, it’s called outstanding journalism,” Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, told the Bee. “But when a private citizen does it and unmasks a very, very unpleasant truth, it’s a call for legislation.”
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.