San Diego County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of a decision supporting a federal proposal aimed toward defending the privateness of reproductive well being knowledge.
Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas sponsored the decision in help of the invoice, which was launched by Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-San Diego.
“What we’re going to be doing is guaranteeing that info can’t be offered and can’t be used to prosecute people who’re simply dwelling their lives,” Lawson-Remer just lately advised CBS8.
If handed by Congress, Jacobs’ invoice would:
- restrict private reproductive and sexual well being knowledge that may be collected, retained, used or disclosed to solely what is required to ship a services or products
- defend private knowledge collected by entities not at the moment coated below HIPAA, together with knowledge collected by apps, cell telephones and search engines like google
- require regulated entities to develop and share a privateness coverage outlining how they accumulate, retain, use and disclose private reproductive well being info
- direct the Federal Commerce Fee to implement the legislation and develop guidelines to implement the statute
- enable folks to carry regulated entities accountable for any violations
- present further shopper protections, together with the best to entry or delete private knowledge
- embrace a non-preemption clause that permits states to supply additional safety for reproductive and sexual well being privateness
Supervisor Joel Anderson was the lone vote in opposition to the decision.
“The invoice doesn’t impression Californians and I don’t characterize folks in different states,” he defined in an emailed assertion.
Though he has opposed earlier abortion rights-related measures, Supervisor Jim Desmond mentioned he supported the decision as a result of “he believes this knowledge, and actually anybody’s private knowledge, shouldn’t be shared with corporations, until licensed,” in line with a press release from his workplace.
In response to latest legal guidelines limiting abortion rights in states like Texas and the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s resolution to overturn Roe vs. Wade in June, the board’s Democratic members have permitted a number of measures supporting reproductive freedom.
In Might, supervisors voted 3-1 to discover growing reproductive well being providers within the county and in help of a California constitutional modification guaranteeing the best to an abortion. Final September, they voted 3-1 to declare the county “a champion of reproductive freedom.”
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.