SAN FRANCISCO (ChurchMilitant.com) - A pro-life undercover journalist is fighting back.
David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) have filed suit against Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., alleging that she targeted them for exposing Planned Parenthood back when she was the state attorney general.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. It says, "This complaint seeks justice for a brazen, unprecedented and ongoing conspiracy to selectively use California's video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech."
It goes on to state, "David Daleiden became the first journalist ever to be criminally prosecuted under California's recording law, not because of the method of video recording he utilized in his investigation — which is common in investigative journalism in this state — but because his investigation revealed and he published 'shock[ing]' content that California's attorney general and the private party coconspirators wanted to cover up."
In a statement Wednesday announcing the suit, CMP claimed:
Beginning under the leadership of now-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the California attorney general's office targeted Daleiden's speech under the video recording law at the urging of Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and StemExpress, a fetal tissue procurement company with deep ties to the professional abortion industry. While running for U.S. Senate, Harris had a secret, in-person meeting with Planned Parenthood executives in Los Angeles, including witnesses in her investigation, to discuss issues in the investigation as part of Planned Parenthood's political agenda in California. Two weeks later, Daleiden's home was raided by the California Department of Justice.
CMP went on to note, "The California recording law includes an absolute protection for recordings made for the purpose of gathering evidence of violent crimes, and Planned Parenthood and NAF wanted to block off any evidence or testimony that would reveal criminality in their fetal tissue programs."
Daleiden remarked in the statement, "The California attorney general first admitted that they are enforcing the video recording law solely based on how they feel about the message being published, and then further admitted they are not even trying to follow the text of the law as written."
"CMP's undercover reporting has been corroborated by the successful prosecution of fetal body parts sales we reported in southern California, multiple Congressional investigations and forensic video analysis," Daleiden further commented. "It is every reporter's First Amendment right to underscore the gravity of their findings, especially when the politically powerful disagree with them."
Daleiden and CMP have been on the receiving end of legal attacks from Planned Parenthood ever since releasing undercover videos in 2015 exposing the abortion giant's sales of aborted babies' body parts.
Madeline Osburn, staff editor for The Federalist, commented in an article Wednesday, "After years of being forced to play defense, Daleiden and CMP are finally on offense against the abortion political machine."
The undercover videos led to government investigations into the abortion giant regarding the sales of fetal tissue from the corpses of aborted babies, and sparked a push nationwide to defund Planned Parenthood.
"The videos," the lawsuit notes, "prompted two comprehensive, year-long Congressional investigations, one at the Senate Judiciary Committee and one at the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Select Investigative Panel."