Only in California can something like this happen. Those who are living in the progressive state need to take extra precaution, as this newest development threatens the public health of all in California.
It appears that deliberately exposing a sexual partner to HIV will no longer be a felony in California. Under a new bill signed into effect by Governor Jerry Brown (D), intentionally infecting someone with this condition will only be a misdemeanor, according to Breitbart.
It’s a controversial move that has left health officials shocked, but progressive advocates enthusiastic, as they claim California has gone “out of the 1980s and into the 21st century” concerning HIV laws.
The bill has come just as a slew of individuals have been charged for purposefully exposing other people to the virus with the intent to infect them with the disease. Most notably is the case of 26-year old Daryll Rowe, who reportedly send “mocking text messages” to his partners, boasting that he was HIV positive. Overall, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for his actions.
However, if the same situation were to take place in California under this new bill, he could be imprisoned in a county jail for no more than 90 days.
The controversial bill was authored by state Democrats Sen. Scott Wiener (San Francisco), and Asm. Todd Gloria (San Diego), as well as co-sponsored by a number of LGBT groups. Senate Bill 239 not only applies to those who engage in consensual sexual relationships, but even applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank they are HIV-positive – even if they deliberately intended to infect patients.
Some voted against the bill, including Republican lawmaker Sen. Joel Anderson, who said: “It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.”
“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,” he added.
One of the co-sponsors of the bill includes the ACLU, which described this new bill as “modernizing” California HIV laws while praising Governor Jerry Brown for changing what they felt were “outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV.”
A slew of other LGBT groups has concurred with these sentiments, praising this new bill. Rich Zbur, executive of the LGBTQ advocacy group, said the bill was “not only fair, but it’s good public health,” that will be “good for all Californians.”
The state of affairs has gone so awry in the progressive state that Californian law will have a harsher penalty for addressing someone with the “wrong “ pronoun, than for deliberately infecting someone with a life-complicating condition, as reported by The Daily Caller.
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“The most effective way to reduce HIV infections is to destigmatize HIV,” said Weiner, “To make people more comfortable talking about their infection, get tested, get into treatment.”
How this will stop individuals such as Rowe, who deliberately deceived partners with the intent of infecting them with HIV, is yet to be seen. Reducing the criminal sentence of this act, however, seems unlikely to deter this form of malicious behavior.