California Passes Bill to Jail Reporters Who Film Undercover Footage at Planned Parenthood

California Senators passed an oppressive, Planned Parenthood-backed bill on Wednesday to stop whistleblowers and journalists from conducting undercover investigations of any “health care providers.” The Center for Medical Progress’s undercover video project did a lot of damage to Planned Parenthood when it revealed the abortion giant’s baby body parts operation. Through the California bill, Planned Parenthood is trying to stop anyone from trying to expose its horrendous practices ever again. California Assembly Bill 1671 passed the state Senate on Wednesday evening in a 26-13 party line vote and is expected to be sent to pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk soon, the Sacramento Bee reports. The legislation makes it a crime for anyone to record undercover footage of “health care providers,” including abortion facilities. An original version of the bill also would have punished third parties, including journalists and lawyers, who do nothing more than report or distribute the footage, the Courthouse News Service reports. Violations include stiff fines and jail time, according to the report. The Senate amended the bill this week to appease an outcry from journalists and news agencies. The amended version removed the penalties for third parties who distribute the footage… On Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times editorial board published a strong op-ed against the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of California, which often partners with Planned Parenthood on legal cases, also opposes the bill, citing First Amendment concerns about freedom of the press. Keep up with the latest pro-life news and information on Twitter. Here’s more from the report: Kevin Baker, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, said they share...