First amendment rights say that a person has freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This means that journalists are able to do their research and publish what they want. Particularly if there has been research to show that it’s true, there should be no problem. It’s called good investigative reporting.
That’s not the case when you go up against Planned Parenthood, however.
David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress worked with undercover investigators to expose one of the most hideous things in recent history: Planned Parenthood has been selling baby body parts.
In a California court, Daleiden and CMP were found guilty for “multiple” crimes. As a result, they have to pay millions of dollars in damages to Planned Parenthood.
A verdict from a jury consisting of nine men and one woman identified that Planned Parenthood was in the right. The civil trial took six weeks, though the trial only deliberated for two days.
The total amount being awarded to Planned Parenthood in the civil case is over $2 million, which includes both punitive and compensatory charges along with attorneys’ fees. Pro-life defense lawyers have identified that they will be appealing, calling the process “unfair.”
Peter Breen, the defense attorney for the Thomas More Society, explains that the lawsuit created by Planned Parenthood was payback for Daleiden exposing the organization’s dirty business of buying and selling fetal organs and parts. They plan to work for David during the appeal. Breen identifies that Daleiden’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s criminal activity used standard investigative journalism techniques similar to those used by news outlets across the nation.
Breen went on by saying that the findings revealed practices “so abhorrent” that the US Congress is investing criminal activities of the abortion provider. Meanwhile, various states and elected officials have talked about stripping the organization of its funding. Rather than Planned Parenthood confessing to its heinous activities, they chose to persecute the person who investigated and exposed it. Breen is confident that justice will prevail once the case has run its full course.
Daleiden referred to the verdict as being a “dangerous attack” on First Amendment rights. He tweeted out that a significant amount of key evidence was suppressed and the jury was heavily influenced. He also identified that California has been speaking the truth.
He explained that Planned Parenthood witnesses were in a courtroom for six weeks testifying under oath that Planned Parenthood sold aborted fetal organs – and there were undercover videos to back it up. However, a biased judge with ties to Planned Parenthood influenced the jury by suppressing video evidence and using pre-determined rulings. Daleiden explains that it is dangerous to ignore “citizen journalism” as well as First Amendment civil rights – and that it’s a precedent they shouldn’t be setting. The Center for Medical Progress says that the California court ruling sends a message that outing truth and facts that criticize the powerful can lead to civil rights not being protected.
The case was heard by Judge William Orrick III, a US District Court Judge in San Francisco. He has strong personal ties to Planned Parenthood. When the defense requested him to disqualify himself, he refused to do so.
CMP released videos in 2015 that exposed the illegal trade of aborted baby body parts following a 30-month undercover operation. Videos showed various top-level executives from Planned Parenthood haggling over pricing for baby body parts. Further, they discussed how to change abortion procedures in order to receive more intact organs. The videos sparked public outrage and have led to various Senate and congressional hearings as well as an ongoing Department of Justice criminal investigation into what’s going on at Planned Parenthood.
The retaliatory lawsuit created by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and 10 of their affiliates have accused Daleiden and several investigators of crimes that include illegal taping, violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute, fraud, and more because journalists went undercover at the Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation conferences in both 2014 and 2015.
Orrick consistently hand-fed the jury information, telling them to only concern themselves with specific information. Additionally, Daleiden and one of his investigators are also facing up to 14 felony counts for illegal taping under the anti-eavesdropping law in California. Judge Christopher Hite within the Superior Court of San Francisco will be ruling soon whether there is sufficient evidence to send both to trial.
Planned Parenthood has been accused of having too many government connections for being a nonprofit. Now, with California ruling in their favor after there is clear evidence that they have been selling aborted baby body parts is appalling – and every politician in the country should be fighting to close the organization down once and for all.