California Democrats Ban Adjectives During Public Comment Session on Abortion Bill

California Democrats have introduced an abortion bill so shocking that it drew over a thousand pro-life supporters out to the capital of Sacramento on Tuesday night to register their protest during public comments.


AB2223 is a “reproductive health” bill that would prevent the prosecution of any “pregnant person” who loses their baby to “miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death due to a pregnancy-related cause.” The bill is part of a larger 45-point package, approved by Governor Gavin Newsom, designed to make California an “abortion sanctuary state” in response to pro-life bills being passed in states like Oklahoma and Texas, and the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court.

Pro-life opponents of the bill claim that it opens the door to infanticide by removing protections for infants born alive after botched abortions and putting into question the meaning of “perinatal.”

RedState’s Bob Hoge summarized the issue.

It’s no surprise then that the California legislature has come out with a loony new bill, AB2223, which among other things, states: “People also need to end pregnancies by abortion, including self-managed abortion, which means ending one’s own pregnancy outside of the medical system.”  (Which raises so many questions!)

But the language that has stirred the most controversy reads:

Notwithstanding any other law, a person shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability or penalty, or otherwise deprived of their rights, rights under this article, based on their actions or omissions with respect to their pregnancy or actual, potential, or alleged pregnancy outcome, including miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion, or perinatal death. death due to a pregnancy-related cause.

The stricken text has been replaced with the italicized text by amendments made April 7, 2022, after outcry that the last sentence seemed to imply that you can terminate your baby after it has been delivered.


It is no wonder that pro-life activists were anxious to deliver their remarks to the Assembly Health Committee. The Democrat response to the protesters was less than impressive and right on brand. With an estimated 1,500 people waiting to make comments, they limited the public comment session to one hour. That is a lot of people to get through, but according to Senator Melissa Melendez (CA-28), it hasn’t yet received a single question as it weaves its way through hearings, despite being hugely controversial.

However, limiting the time for public comments wasn’t enough for the Democrat-led committee. In a video clip on Melendez’ account on Tuesday evening, the committee seems to take exception to the public’s continual use of…wait for it…adjectives. One member actually instructs the crowd to stop the use of adjectives altogether, threatening to cut off the mic for anyone who disobeys.


Taxpaying, concerned citizens exercising their right to address their elected officials and air their grievances were ordered to stop using adjectives when discussing a bill that calls mothers “pregnant people” and might possibly decriminalize infanticide.

This is your brain on California.


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