A Draconian Birth Control Bill…

by Steve MacDonald

Birth Control Pill Container

Image by Beathan

When you modify the text of the original report, and replace all the anti-gun references with the words ‘Birth Control‘ you  get a different sort of response from the liberal left.  (Not to worry.  They wont suddenly begin to empathise with gun owners.)   (Read the original here)

A draconian (birth control) bill set to be voted on by the California legislature would allow police to confiscate a person’s (birth control) solely on the basis of an accusation made against the owner by a family member or a health professional.

Although the bill was amended after an onslaught of complaints, the legislation is still being labeled as the harshest (birth control) law in the country.

AB 1014, authored by Assembly members Das Williams and Nancy Skinner, would create ‘(birth control) restraining orders’ that would allow police to proactively confiscate (birth control) and hold it for one year with no due process merely based on an accusation made by an immediate family member, a law enforcement officer or a health professional.

“This bill would allow a search warrant to be issued when the property or things to be seized are (birth control) that is in the custody or control of, or is owned or possessed by, a person who is the subject of a (birth control) restraining order and who is presently known to have in his or her custody and control or possession, or to own (birth control),” states the bill.

The accusation against the individual has to meet the standard of evidence, “to believe that the subject of the petition poses a significant risk of personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having under his or her custody and control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving (birth control),” states the bill, although the nature of this evidence is not properly defined.

The bill has drawn fiery criticism from (birth control) advocates who see the legislation as an onerous assault on the (First) Amendment.

“If for example, person A goes to a judge and files a complaint about person B, person B can have his/her (birth control) rights taken away without any idea why or even have the chance to plead their case. Only after law enforcement searched person B, their family, friends, place of work, and anywhere else police might have thought person B hid (birth control) would that person have the right to defend themselves. Guilty until proven innocent,” writes Yehuda Remer.

“This bill goes too far,” Sean Doherty of California Assn. of Federal Firearms Licensees told a Senate panel. “AB 1014 shreds the right of privacy and right of property that has been jurisprudence for decades.”

Even David Warren, of Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety (a group that normally supports (birth control) legislation), spoke out against the bill, stating that it had “significant constitutional deficiencies” and would not be enforceable.

Having been passed by the California Senate Public Safety Committee, the bill now heads to the legislature for a full vote.

I wouldn’t support legislation of this sort on any grounds, for the record, but confess I am very amused at how this reads with my ‘edits.’


H/T Susan Olsen

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