Governor Brown and his lackeys have determined that intentionally transmitting HIV is only a misdemeanor. Transmission of a life-altering, and eventually life-ending, disease has now been demoted to an afterthought.
Additionally, those who knowingly donate infected blood will also fall under the new reduced penalties.
They are right. This isn’t a gay or straight issue. This is a public health issue. When you have people who use their communicable illness as a weapon, you have people who also fall under criminal law. By removing this penalty, it also removed the aggravated portion of assault for people who are sexually assaulted. It necessarily reduces the stigma associated with other blood-borne illnesses.
This is a slippery slope toward decriminalizing other intentional transmission of communicable diseases.
Does this mean that a man who doesn’t tell his girlfriend that he has Hepatitis B cannot be prosecuted when he passes it on, simply because it won’t end her life immediately?
Even more frightening, does this limit prosecution in the future of crimes against patients when healthcare workers have been spat at and have been stabbed by their patients’ used needles? Will this weaken current legislation to protect the public?
The answer is a resounding yes. In California, the urge to protect the minorities has irrevocably injured the majority.
It might be time to support CalExit.