Daleiden Goes on the Offense

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 29, 2020   

New video shows Planned Parenthood's duplicity

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IRVINE, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - David Daleiden's Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released a 15-minute video documentary that shows Planned Parenthood officials' sworn testimony directly contradicting its statements captured in undercover video conversations and in its public statements to the media.

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Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden (Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP)

In 2015, Daleiden's organization reinvigorated the pro-life movement when it released a series of undercover videotapes in which Planned Parenthood officials were heard to be discussing with Daleiden and his partner Sandra Merritt its practice of selling fetal body parts.

The abortion giant tried to defend itself by claiming the footage had been "heavily edited." Planned Parenthood hired Fusion GPS, the notorious Washington beltway firm responsible for producing the bogus Steele dossier, to examine the footage. 

Vox reported Fusion GPS' findings: "This analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation, but we did identify cuts, skips, missing tape, and changes in camera angle." Despite the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the tapes had not been deceptively edited, abortion proponents and the media continue to claim otherwise. 

This documentary includes very recent testimony from Planned Parenthood officials and footage that was not allowed to be shown in his 2019 trial.

Then came the avalanche of legal actions brought by both federal and state governments that focused on how the video footage was obtained: Was it fraud, was there an expectation of privacy, was there evidence of racketeering? Criminal charges and civil charges are all on appeal, but there is the real possibility that Daleiden and others could go to jail. In the meantime, Daleiden is still fighting.

Back on the Offense

CMP's documentary, Fetal Trafficking Under Oath: Planned Parenthood's Admission about Baby Parts Sales, puts the pro-life organization back on the offensive, focusing not on whether the undercover footage they obtained violates an abortionist's expectation of privacy but on whether Planned Parenthood is selling baby body parts for "research."

Daleiden told Church Militant this documentary includes very recent testimony from Planned Parenthood officials and footage that was not allowed to be shown in his 2019 trial.

What's more, he emphasized, "Planned Parenthood lawlessness isn't limited to the sale of baby body parts. This is a pattern. There need to be federal consequences." He mentioned, for example, Planned Parenthood affiliates successfully passing themselves off as small businesses and receiving more than $80 million dollars in Wuhan virus assistance.

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida agreed with Daleiden's assessment, saying, "They do not qualify. They need to return the money, and if they did this knowingly they need to be held accountable. And whoever helped them do this knowingly needs to be held accountable. That includes, potentially, people on staff at the SBA [Small Business Administration], the banks and anybody else."

Daleiden also mentioned the disparate treatment of native Americans, who were prosecuted for selling eagle feathers and eagle body parts, versus Planned Parenthood's unabated involvement in the sale of baby body parts.

They need to return the money, and if they did this knowingly they need to be held accountable.

When asked about the Department of Justice's lack of action against Planned Parenthood, Daleiden called it "very confusing." He told Church Militant, "Since 2016 there have been dozens of criminal referrals but there has been no word from DOJ since the end of 2017."


 

In contrast, Orange County, California prosecutors got DV Biologics LLC and its sister company DaVinci Biosciences LLC to admit they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world. The suit was settled for $7.8 million. 

Lawsuit vs. Kamala Harris

Daleiden is urging pro-life supporters to watch his lawsuit against former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. The suit filed earlier this month alleges "a brazen, unprecedented and ongoing conspiracy to selectively use California's video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech."

In addition to Harris, the suit also names fake Catholic Xavier Becerra, the state's current attorney general.

A passionate Daleiden told Church Militant, "Anyone trying to put people in jail for their exercise of free speech and citizen journalism should be ashamed of themselves."

Asked if he is prepared to go to jail, Daleiden replied: "We are not going to stop fighting. Core First Amendment values are worth fighting for."

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