The opinion piece by the Los Angeles Times editorial board, reprinted in The Bee March 31, insists that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is “overreaching” by charging the anti-abortion activists who surreptitiously recorded interviews of Planned Parenthood staff with multiple felonies.
After acknowledging the illegality of the recordings, the Times then draws an analogy between the anti-abortionist’s recordings and those of animal rights activists filming illegal practices in slaughterhouses, as both seek to change public perception.
But exposing the truth to achieve change, and presenting false information (lying) to achieve change are not analogous. The Times suggests that more appropriate civil remedies exist to right the wrongs committed in this situation. They do. And in this case there does not have to be a choice.
After the state of California (not Planned Parenthood) finishes the criminal prosecution, Planned Parenthood can and should seek redress in civil court.
Susanne Taylor, Fresno