by Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews.com
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill punishing pro-life investigators who clandestinely record Planned Parenthood – even if the behavior they expose is illegal.
Now, anyone who records “confidential communication with a health care provider” and publishes the recording in any way, including “web sites and social media,” could be fined $2,500 and sentenced to one year in prison for a first offense, or up to $10,000 for repeat offenses.
On Friday, the governor signed Assembly Bill 1617, introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles. Recording “confidential” health information violated existing state law, but A.B. 1617 substantially increases the penalties.
Brown, a Democrat, made no comment upon signing the bill, but the abortion industry celebrated his decision.“Gov. Brown sent a clear message to anti-abortion extremists that you cannot break the law in California or you will be held accountable,” said Kathy Kneer, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
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