In a controversial decision that could set a turning point in the reality of those infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), state lawmakers gave final legislative approval to a bill that would reduce the penalty of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to this disease without disclosing the infection.
The legislative approval was made on Monday, and would reduce from a felony to a simple misdemeanor this horrendous crime. Naturally, given the fact that every legal decision has direct consequences in the behavior of certain communities or groups of people, it is expected that the act of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV could increase, considering that the punishment would be minimum.
The bill in question, SB 239, which now goes to California Governor Jerry Brown, was introduced by the Democratic Senator of San Francisco, Scott Wiener, who told that the current law was brutally discriminatory against those who have HIV, the precursor to AIDS. He assured that the reason why the current law discriminated against this group of people was that exposure to other communicable diseases is a misdemeanor.
Naturally, this represents a brutal ignorance and grotesque demagoguery and the only intention for doing so is nothing more than political capitalization, considering that HIV is not exactly a simple flu. Once again, Democrats are showing that being extremely irresponsible in the name of political correctness is an irresistible temptation.
According to legal documents, this same reduction in crime level would also apply to people who donate semen or blood without disclosing that they have tested for HIV or even AIDS. This way, people who need blood transfusion or even newborns could easily have this virus without knowing it or wanting it because of this Democratic decision.
In fact, this could even open a chaotic scenario for health centers in case a patient decides to sue them in case it gets infected with HIV. This way, hospitals and clinics would have to spend more resources to determine which are the new legal procedures, considering these would be more vulnerable than those who decide to donor their blood of semen infected with this terrible disease.
During the floor debate, Wiener told his colleagues that HIV is singled out right now for uniquely harsh treatment as a felony. With these remarks, America is witnessing how one of its most important parties is embracing the most irresponsible crisis putting the public at risk.
Of course, while most of the Democratic colleagues of Wiener shown their support for the bill, many Republicans, including Senator Joel Anderson of San Diego, voted against the bill, assuring this would easily end up bad for Americans.
Anderson told that he is of the mind that if anyone purposefully inflicts another with a terrible disease that critically alters their lifestyle for the rest of their life, and puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should definitely be a felony.
In addition, he told that it was extremely insane that lawmakers are going light on this terrible issue and are showing their willingness to pass the bill. Furthermore, far from showing any kind of support or weak stance, Anderson told that he believes tougher penalties should be extended to people who expose others to HIV or AIDs.
On the other hand, Republican Jeff Stone (who is a pharmacist from Murrieta) also told that if someone exposes a partner to the disease, this act should remain as a felony. He explained that in addition to the way it is destroying the life of the person who is infecting, it would condemn one to probably 1$ million in drug therapy for life.
Far from backing down, Wiener said that modern drug treatment can make someone with HIV noninfectious to others. However, he assured that the law had not kept up with the latest updates of science.
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In addition, Wiener said that many people may choose not to be tested if it makes them liable for a felony should they expose anyone they have sexual intercourse with to HIV. During the debate, he told that these laws do not prevent HIV infections and stigmatize those who are living with this problem and reduce access to care and testing.
According to media outlets, this bill has been supported by groups including the Black Aids Institute, Equality California, and the American Civil Liberties Union of California.