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The Center for Medical Progress describes itself as:
The Center for Medical Progress is a group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances. We are concerned about contemporary bioethical issues that impact human dignity, and we oppose any interventions, procedures, and experiments that exploit the unequal legal status of any class of human beings. We envision a world in which medical practice and biotechnology ally with and serve the goods of human nature and do not destroy, disfigure, or work against them.
CMP’s work has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Politico, The Hill, USA Today, US News and World Report, and covered on EWTN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, and CNN.
You are likely familiar with their most famous work, the undercover videos from 2015 which allegedly captured Planned Parenthood staffers and officers admitting to horrific crimes like selling baby parts for huge sums of money.
Snopes has rated the videos as a “Mixture” of truth (of course they did).
Here they are, from YouTube:
Those videos have led to multiple lawsuits between CMP and its founder David Daleiden.
CMP scored a big victory back in January when a Judge ruled the videos were NOT deceptively edited (this also strikes a blow to the Snopes review).
From the Washington Examiner:
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that allows Texas to strip Planned Parenthood of its Medicaid funding.
The decision, which is tied to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s call to have Planned Parenthood removed as a qualified Medicaid provider following the release of several damning undercover videos, should come as a major blow to not just the abortion provider, but also the press.
The ruling shatters the claim that the tapes, which feature Planned Parenthood associates discussing the processes by which organs from the remains of aborted children can be harvested and donated (for a fee), were selectively edited. It also affirms that Planned Parenthood associates did indeed circumvent legal and ethical guidelines in pursuit of harvesting human organs, all of this in direct contradiction to what the so-called women’s health organization and its eager defenders in the press claimed after the tapes were released in 2015.
The 5th Circuit's decision (WARNING: graphic content) includes these two key quotes affirming earlier findings by the Texas Office of Inspector General and its Chief Medical Officer:
[T]he record reflects that OIG had submitted a report from a forensic firm concluding that the video was authentic and not deceptively edited. And the plaintiffs [Planned Parenthood] did not identify any particular omission or addition in the video footage.
[T]here is no question that the OIG here made factual findings after viewing the videos and related evidence. On the basis of the administrative record … the OIG determined that video discussions “centered on clinic processes and tissue packaging rather than the abortion procedure itself; the video featured repeated discussion about the position of the fetus in the uterus, the risk to the patient, and the patient’s pain tolerance.” The OIG further concluded, based on the videos, that the Provider Plaintiffs at a minimum violated federal standards regarding fetal tissue research and standards of medical ethics by allowing doctors to alter abortion procedures to retrieve tissue for research purposes or allowing the researchers themselves to perform the procedures.
If you still believe everything you read in the news, the court’s ruling this week should come as a great shock.
When pro-life activist David Daleiden and his team at the Center for Medical Progress released the tapes in 2015, Planned Parenthood leaned heavily on the defense that the videos were unfairly doctored. This defense was parroted immediately by a servile press, despite that Planned Parenthood never explained what additional context would have exonerated its senior director of medical services saying on tape that the group was "doing a little better than" breaking even for donated organs (it is illegal to profit from the donation of fetal tissue. It is also illegal under federal law to perform partial birth abortions).
"Second Heavily Edited Planned Parenthood Attack Video Is Also a Big Bust,” Slate declared confidently.
"[A] little-known anti-abortion activist," Mother Jones reported, "ignited a firestorm by releasing ... selectively edited videos."
Planned Parenthood also enlisted the aid of the Democratic-aligned firm Fusion GPS to “prove” that the tapes were unfairly edited. Fusion GPS’ subsequent study, a note-for-note recitation of Planned Parenthood’s "selectively edited" defense, was likewise deemed factual and accurate by newsrooms, despite that it was based on a review of only four of the eight videosthat had been released.
“Report for Planned Parenthood finds sting videos manipulated,” Politico reported, stressing that Fusion GPS was careful to bring in "video and transcription experts" who are "not associated with Planned Parenthood."
The firms "findings" are the first "comprehensive account of the video's discrepancies,” the article added.
"Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds,” the New York Times reported.
The Huffington Post said elsewhere that the "'Sting' Videos Of Planned Parenthood Are Totally Manipulated, Forensic Analysis Finds,” adding that even “the supposedly unedited 'full' footage is misleadingly altered, experts say.”
Vox’s Sarah Kliff, who in 2013 dismissed questions about her lack of coverage for convicted serial killer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell by describing the episode as a “ local crime" story, penned an article titled, “I thought I saw all the Planned Parenthood sting footage. Turns out the tapes were edited.”
Not a single one of these reports mentioned Fusion GPS' historical ties to the Democratic Party, which is about as aligned with Planned Parenthood as the GOP is with the National Rifle Association.
But the saga continues and bombshells are reportedly now flying in court this week:
The Epoch Times reported this:
The Federalist had more details:
Day one of the preliminary hearing for pro-life activist David Daleiden kicked off Tuesday morning at the San Francisco Superior Court with testimony from an abortion technician, a third-trimester abortionist, and a vice president of the National Abortion Federation, who testified she doesn’t know what a human tissue procurement company is or does.
NAF Vice President of External Affairs Melissa Fowler also testified she recognized StemExpress—a human tissue procurement lab exposed in Daleiden’s undercover videos that is now under federal investigation—as a repeat vendor of her for-profit organization. NAF is a third-party abortion trade group.
The nine-day hearing is the first time Planned Parenthood leaders and affiliates have publicly gathered and testified in court since Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress published 11 undercover videos featuring Planned Parenthood leaders discussing—and in some videos displaying—the harvesting and selling of aborted fetal organs and tissues.
Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt face 14 criminal felony counts of eavesdropping and one count of conspiracy. The case marks the first time charges of eavesdropping have ever been made in California. During this hearing the judge will determine if there is probable cause Daleiden and Merritt committed a crime, and if so, will schedule a date for trial. Separately, the hearing for the civil case against Daleiden and Merritt will be held Sept. 30.
What Happened on Day One
Most of day one was devoted to examining Fowler, the prosecuting attorney general’s primary witness. In it, the AG focused almost entirely on the security and application process for NAF trade shows. Daleiden attended trade shows in disguise and secretly recorded conversations with Planned Parenthood employees.
Fowler admitted no responsibility for NAF security or trade show management, but refused to acknowledge video recording was never mentioned in the Rules and Regulations presented to exhibitors at the time of application. She also testified that pro-life activists are violent.
Fowler testified she met with the attorney general’s office in April to discuss questions the prosecutor would ask in the preliminary hearing, and that she was being paid as an employee of NAF to attend and testify, including travel expenses.
After Fowler, Doe 7 took the stand, a non-physician who performed surgical abortions for Planned Parenthood Northern California. She testified she regularly provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did and heard of money exchanges with StemExpress. When presented video evidence of her conversation with Daleiden, Doe 7 testified that numerous third parties could overhear the conversation, an important point of debate in the charge of eavesdropping.
In the final minutes of Tuesday’s hearing, Doe 3, a third-trimester abortionist, took the stand, at which time the AG’s office played a nearly 20-minute, never-before-released undercover video of a conversation between her and Daleiden, described by some in the courtroom as “shocking.”
And this BOMBSHELL report from the Epoch Times:
The first day of court proceedings on Sept. 3 from Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress started with Planned Parenthood staffers taking the stand in San Francisco and admitting to providing fetal tissues in exchange for money, reported the CMP website.
The defense team presented undercover investigation videos showing top executives and clinicians from Planned Parenthood brokering in aborted baby parts.
Court proceedings are underway to decide if the defendants should face a criminal trial.
“Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress,” David Daleiden, a defendant in the case and one of the key investigators who exposed the alleged dealings of Planned Parenthood, stated in a press release.
Daleiden, who is also the founder of the Center for Medical Progress(CMP), a group of citizen journalists “dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances,” is facing 14 counts of felony invasion of privacy along with fellow investigator, Sandra Merritt, according to The Federalist.
Both are accused of faking as tissue procurement company Biomaxin order to enter medical conferences and health care centers for the purpose of their investigation. The duo used pseudo names to enter the meetings of National Abortion Federation (NAF) in 2014 and 2015 to record the proceedings on video, according to the Christian Post.
“Doe 7, a non-physician who performed surgical abortions for Planned Parenthood Northern California, testified that she provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did at Planned Parenthood as a regular occurrence,” said a summary of the court proceedings on the CMP website.
“When asked if she had ever heard of StemExpress, Doe 7 said she had heard of cases in which StemExpress was involved and money was exchanged. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Northern California are both under ongoing FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigation for selling fetal organs and tissue against the law,” said CMP in the summary.
Giving updates on the second day of proceedings on Twitter, the CMP shared a summary of the StemExpress Doe12 statement: “When @StemExpress’ Doe 12 is asked about the head of a baby being attached to the body upon tissue procurement, Doe 12 says the photos from CMP are accurate and show that the heads are sometimes attached and sometimes are not attached to other parts of body.”
The CMP posted this detailed Press Release on its website:
Top Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors and abortion industry-big wigs descend on San Francisco this week to testify under oath on the witness stand, live and in public, for the first time since CMP’s undercover video series documenting Planned Parenthood leadership harvesting and selling aborted fetal organs and tissues. Key moments in the sworn testimony on Day 1 included:
- The Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the unprecedented case launched by now-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, focused almost entirely on the security and application process for National Abortion Federation trade shows.
- But the AG’s primary witness, Melissa Fowler, VP of External Affairs for NAF, admitted she had no responsibility for NAF security or trade show management since she started with NAF in 2006.
- NAF’s Exhibitor Rules and Regulations did not prohibit video recording at the time the undercover videos were filmed. Fowler refused to acknowledge video recording was never mentioned in the Rules and Regulations presented to exhibitors at the time of application.
- Fowler admitted meeting with CA Attorney General’s office in April to discuss questions the prosecutors would ask in the Preliminary Hearing. Fowler also admitted she was being paid as an employee of NAF to attend and testify and NAF was paying for her travel, showing the third-party abortion trade group’s outside interest in the proceedings.
- With more than a decade working with abortion doctors, vendors, and others at NAF, Fowler claimed she does not know what a fetal tissue procurement organization is, even though she recognized StemExpress as a repeat NAF vendor.
- Doe 7, a non-physician who performed surgical abortions for Planned Parenthood Northern California, testified that she provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did at Planned Parenthood as a regular occurrence.
- When asked if she had ever heard of StemExpress, Doe 7 said she had heard of cases in which StemExpress was involved and money was exchanged. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Northern California are both under ongoing FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigation for selling fetal organs and tissue against the law.
- The defense presented Doe 7 with video evidence of her conversation with David Daleiden and she admitted numerous third parties could overhear the conversation.
- Doe 7 could not identify Daleiden in the courtroom as the person who spoke with her and claims not to remember him.
- The testimony of Doe 3, a 3rd-trimester abortion doctor, began with the Attorney General’s office playing a nearly 20-minute-long, never before released undercover video of a conversation with her. The Defense will cross examine Doe 3 tomorrow morning about her shocking statements on the video.
CMP founder and project lead David Daleiden notes, “Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress. Meanwhile, the Vice President of the National Abortion Federation denied any knowledge of the gruesome trafficking in fetal body parts, despite hosting StemExpress as a major vendor at the trade shows. The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along—this is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children.”
Reaction was strong online and is crossing traditional Republican/Democrat lines, as sane Americans finally rise up and say this is SICK behavior that can never be tolerated in our society:
The Christian Post also confirmed the story:
A California Planned Parenthood staffer, identified as Doe 7, testified on Tuesday that "she provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did at Planned Parenthood as a regular occurrence," according to a summary by The Center for Medical Progress, founded by Daleiden.
"When asked if she had ever heard of StemExpress, Doe 7 said she had heard of cases in which StemExpress was involved and money was exchanged. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Northern California are both under ongoing FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigation for selling fetal organs and tissue against the law."
Stem Express is a biotech firm known for its procurement of fetal body parts for research purposes.
Melissa Fowler, vice president of external relations at the National Abortion Federation, claimed under oath that "she does not know what a fetal tissue procurement organization is, even though she recognized StemExpress as a repeat NAF vendor," CMP noted.
Daleiden and Merritt are charged with 15 counts of felony invasion of privacy and are accused of creating a fake biotech firm in order to pose as buyers interested in fetal tissue. The two activists used fake names to enter NAF meetings that were held in 2014 and 2015 to tape what happened.
Prosecutors say the footage was obtained in an illegal manner, though CMP argues that NAF’s Exhibitor Rules and Regulations did not prohibit video recording.
Attorneys for the pro-life activists assert this is a political hit job on pro-life journalists.
“What today has revealed is the prosecution by the attorney general is political in nature and built on a house of cards,” said Horatio Mihet, Merritt's attorney, in comments to Courthouse News.
Daleiden's and Merritt's attorneys stress that California Democratic politicians like presidential candidate and senator Kamala Harris and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra — both of whom are strongly supportive of abortion rights — are beholden to groups like Planned Parenthood in light of the sizable campaign contributions they have received from them. Only Daleiden and Merritt have been uniquely subjected to the kind of aggressive prosecutorial action they are facing, they maintain.
Attendees, speakers and exhibitors at the NAF meetings had all reportedly signed confidentiality agreements prohibiting them from sharing details about the conference to anyone not in attendance, Courthouse News reported.
Fowler testified that the trade group works extensively to protect the identities of those who attend the conference, and said she had no knowledge of the sale of fetal body parts in question.
Outside the courtroom, Daleiden’s attorney, Peter Breen, said California’s penal code, enacted under the California Invasion of Privacy Act, excludes any conversation that can be reasonably overheard or recorded.
“None of the content was confidential,” Breen said, adding that his client should be covered by the state's shield laws, which protects undercover investigative journalists.
During the proceedings, Breen cross-examined Doe 7, asking her if she has performed any "violent acts." The witness was apparently confused by the question.
He elaborated in a subsequent interview that selling fetal tissue from a patient who did not consent to such a sale constitutes "medical battery."
“If a person taping has a reasonable belief that they’re collecting evidence related to violent felonies, they’re OK,” he explained, noting, “If you can get any counts thrown out, it’s a win.”
Following the hearing, Daleiden said in a statement, “The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along — this is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children.”