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Tests Confirm Red Substance Thrown By Anti-Vax Protester Onto California Senate Floor Was Human Blood

Anti-vax protestor Rebecca Lee Dalelio stood in the gallery at the California state Senate on September 13, 2019, threw a red substance onto the floor of the Senate and yelled:

“That’s for the dead babies!”

Now tests have come back on the substance Dalelio threw in what appeared to be a menstrual cup.

It turned out to be human blood. 

Some of it did land on lawmakers who were given the option of having a medical exam as a result.

In a letter to those involved, California secretary of the senate, Erika Contreras stated:

“[The blood] was negative for any blood borne pathogens or infections.”

At the time of the protest, Dalelio was arrested.

She was charged with suspicion of vandalism, misdemeanor batter and charges of disrupting official state business. Dalelio was released on a $10,000 bond the next day.

Contreras verified the senate floor remained closed for more than two weeks due to the unknown nature of the substance thrown. A company certified by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment cleaned the scene.

At the root of the protest is a new California law that removes exclusions allowing people in public healthcare, children attending public schools and children attending privately owned or publicly funded daycares to refuse to be vaccinated or have their child vaccinated.

In the past, exemptions allowed those unvaccinated for non-medical reasons to force schools and daycares to admit their unvaccinated children and healthcare providers to hire or retain them on staff. Under the new law, parents and healthcare providers can still refuse vaccination for non-medical reasons, but they cannot force their presence on the public in schools, daycares or healthcare facilities.

As for how Dalelio’s form of protest or choice of words pertained to the new vaccination law is…well…only Dalelio knows and she’s not talking.

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Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.