Some of the things Californians do make me shake my head, roll my eyes, or throw my hands up in the air. Oftentimes it is all three.
But THIS?! This just makes me mad.
Apparently, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature care nothing about the health and welfare of other human beings.
Why would I say such thing?
Because just this past Friday, Governor Brown signed a bill into law “that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.”
Huh? Excuse me? Are you serious?
And it gets worse. This law “also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.”
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.
“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”
Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.
Brown declined to comment on his action.
HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.
My head is spinning.
I’m not sure how removing accountability and responsibility is a “major step” towards treating HIV as a public health issue.
And, I would argue, those who expose others to a deadly disease knowingly ARE criminals.
An HIV-positive person is not a criminal, they have an illness.
But if they do not disclose said information to their sexual partner before intercourse–knowing they will pass on a DEADLY disease–they are a criminal.
You are knowingly, maliciously committing harm.
Again, liberal unicorns are assuming those who are HIV-positive BUY and TAKE the medication to live a longer life and “nearly eliminate” the possibility of transmission.
Republican Senator Joel Anderson of Alpine shares my sentiments.
He argued, “[I]f 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.”
OH. And, just as a reminder, this is the SAME state and governor who just signed into law legislation that sends people to jail for using the wrong gender pronoun.
Riddle me that.
What is going on in this world? Please, help me understand.
Anyone? Someone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?