Anti-vaxxer hurled blood at Cal­i­for­nia law­mak­ers

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - By Han­nah Wi­ley

The Cal­i­for­nia Se­nate on Wed­nes­day con­firmed that the red sub­stance in a men­strual cup thrown at law­mak­ers by an anti-vac­cine pro­tester three weeks ago was hu­man blood.

“While lab tests con­firmed that the sub­stance thrown from the Se­nate Gallery was hu­man blood, it was neg­a­tive for any blood borne pathogens or in­fec­tions,” Erika Con­tr­eras, sec­re­tary of the Se­nate, wrote on Wed­nes­day to Se­nate staff.

Rebecca Lee Dale­lio, 43, was ar­rested on Sept. 13 af­ter she hurled her men­strual cup at law­mak­ers from the bal­cony of the Se­nate, ap­par­ently in protest of a pair of Se­nate Bills 276 and 714 that re­strict when doc­tors can is­sue med­i­cal ex­emp­tions for vac­ci­na­tions that are re­quired for chil­dren at­tend­ing Cal­i­for­nia schools..

The laws were signed by Gov. Gavin New­som ear­lier that week. The leg­is­la­tion prompted protests and ral­lies at the Capi­tol for much of the year, where vac­cine-skep­tics and anti-vaxxers flooded hall­ways in op­po­si­tion to mea­sures they called “dra­co­nian” and a form of gov­ern­ment over­reach.

Dale­lio was among sev­eral protesters on that Fri­day at the Capi­tol, who then filed into the Se­nate on the fi­nal evening of the 2019 leg­isla­tive year.

“That’s for the dead ba­bies,” Dale­lio yelled around 5:15 p.m., af­ter she threw what the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol called “a fem­i­nine hy­giene de­vice con­tain­ing what ap­peared to be blood” at sev­eral law­mak­ers. She did not re­sist ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cers.

Law­mak­ers quickly evac­u­ated the cham­ber, which re­mained closed for the rest of the evening. The floor ses­sion did not re­sume un­til three hours later, af­ter Se­nate staff lo­cated a room large enough to ac­com­mo­date the 40 se­na­tors, their aides and mem­bers of the me­dia.

The San Fran­cisco Chronicle first re­ported that the liq­uid was con­firmed to be blood.

Pub­lic records in­di­cate Dale­lio lives in Boul­der Creek, a town in the hills north of Santa Cruz. Her Face­book pro­file con­tains sev­eral anti-vac­cine posts, and screen­shots pro­vided to The Sacra­mento Bee show she’s long fought against state Sen. Richard Pan’s ef­forts to crack down on vac­cine ex­emp­tions.

The Sacra­mento Demo­crat wrote both bills, which build on his 2015 law that elim­i­nated per­sonal be­liefs from a list of rea­sons a child can go to school un­vac­ci­nated.

“This in­ci­dent was incited by the vi­o­lent rhetoric per­pet­u­ated by lead­ers of the anti-vaxx move­ment,” Pan said. “As their rhetoric es­ca­lates, their in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence does as well. This is an at­tack on the demo­cratic process and it must be met with strong condemnati­on by ev­ery­one.”

A men­strual cup is a flex­i­ble, sil­i­cone cup women can use while on their pe­ri­ods to col­lect men­strual fluid.

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