#1 Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California by algernonpj 11.10.2017 14:25

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Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
9 Oct 20175

In a controversial move, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill downgrading the crime of deliberately exposing a sexual partner to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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The new California regulation lessening the crime of deliberately exposing others to the HIV virus was authored by state Democrats Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Asm. Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), and cosponsored by a number of LGBT groups.

Senate bill 239 (SB 239), which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, does not only apply to those who engage in consensual sex, but also covers those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive, even when they do so with the specific intent of infecting patients with the contagious virus.

Republican lawmakers such as Sen. Jeff Stone, who is also a pharmacist, and Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine voted against the bill, arguing it puts the public at risk.

“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” Anderson said during the floor debate.

“It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this,” Anderson said.

In 2015, an HIV-positive California landscape architect who boasted of intentionally infecting others with the virus was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor health code violation.

Evidence from 11,000 text messages and three dozen audio clips showed Thomas Miguel Guerra bragging of his exploits and joking about keeping his condition secret from his sex partners.

“Yay lol,” read one text. “Someone getting poz that day. Poor Sucka.”

The San Diego judge who sentenced Guerra couldn’t hide her anger over the case.

“I think that’s a tremendous oversight in the law if this is just a misdemeanor,” said Judge Katherine Lewis, calling the light sentence a “travesty” while insisting the offense should be changed to a felony.

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The ACLU, which cosponsored SB 239, described the new measure as “modernizing” California HIV laws while praising Governor Jerry Brown for reforming “outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV.”

In their report, the ACLU said that the law criminalizing the exposure of others to the HIV virus was passed in the 1980s and was “based on fear and the limited medical understanding of the time.”

LGBT activists also praised the new law, alleging that the former legislation unfairly disfavored specific groups.

“California’s outdated and draconian HIV criminal laws have disproportionately harmed people of color and transgender women,” said Melissa Goodman, LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project Director with the ACLU of Southern California.

“With the enactment of this law, our laws will now become more fair, less discriminatory, and will promote treatment and prevention rather than criminalization,” she said.

Rick Zbur, the executive director of Equality California, an LGBTQ advocacy group, said that SB 239 “is not only fair, but it’s good public health,” and will be “good for all Californians.”

“With his signature, Governor Brown has moved California’s archaic HIV laws out of the 1980s and into the 21st century,” Zbur said.

The new law makes the intentional transmission of the HIV virus a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 6 months, if the perpetrator acts with the specific intent to transmit the disease to another person.

It also makes it a misdemeanor “to attempt to intentionally transmit an infectious and communicable disease,” punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 90 days.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/...-in-california/

#2 RE: Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California by Cincinnatus 11.10.2017 14:52

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday lowering the maximum penalty for knowingly infecting or exposing a person to HIV to six months in prison — down from a maximum of eight years. Also last week, Brown signed legislation allowing for penalties of up to one year in jail for health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” use the “wrong” pronouns to refer to a senior transgender patient.



http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/09/califo...-spreading-hiv/

#3 RE: Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California by algernonpj 11.10.2017 15:08

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Looks like Democratic state Sen. Scott Weiner has his priorities aligned with post modernism. After all the notion that infecting one with a deadly disease is worse than using the unPC pronoun is nothing but white supremicist racism, homophobia, and nazism.

#4 RE: Intentionally Infecting Others with HIV No Longer a Felony in California by PzLdr 11.10.2017 19:02

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Quote: algernonpj wrote in post #3
Looks like Democratic state Sen. Scott Weiner has his priorities aligned with post modernism. After all the notion that infecting one with a deadly disease is worse than using the unPC pronoun is nothing but white supremicist racism, homophobia, and nazism.



He's got the right name. Look at the bright side. California may breed its idiocy out of existence real soon.

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