opinion

L.A. County Public Health Demands Blood Test from Performer

Diane Duke

The FSC has been informed that agents of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) have on at least one occasion, appeared at the home of an adult industry performer and demanded that the model immediately provide a blood sample. The LACDPH agents offered no court order or other lawful justification for this shocking intrusion into fundamental civil rights.

Although the Free Speech Coalition cannot provide legal advice, we urge any person to seek legal counsel before consenting to such lawless violations of medical privacy and Fourth Amendment rights.

This is not the first time that the L.A. County Department of Public Health reportedly has acted as if it had legal authority for an action, when in reality it had none.

In another incident, agents reportedly claimed to have authority from the U.S. Justice Department to seize 2257 records; authority that has not been documented and is almost certainly false.

“You are not a serf living under the whims and dictates of a feudal Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,” said attorney and FSC Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas. “You can and should ask for a written list of any demand and the authority for those demands. Know your rights and protect yourself.”

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