All articles from February 9, 2019


News

Opinion

Blogs

  • There are no blog articles posted on February 9, 2019.

The Pulse

  • There are no pulse articles posted on February 9, 2019.

Podcasts

  • There are no podcasts posted on February 9, 2019.

Featured Image
Pete Baklinski Pete Baklinski Follow Pete

News

The 14 names of body parts’ traffickers Planned Parenthood wants to keep secret in Daleiden case

Pete Baklinski Pete Baklinski Follow Pete
By Pete Baklinski

Say NO to infanticide. Tell Congress to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Sign the petition here.

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A California judge will decide on Monday if the 14 “secret” pro-abortion “Does” named as accusers in 15 criminal charges brought against pro-life advocate David Daleiden in 2017 will be revealed. 

Judge Christopher C. Hite of the Superior Court of California in San Francisco heard arguments January 28 from Daleiden’s legal team for why Daleiden’s accusers should be named. 

Daleiden, 30, is the undercover journalist and director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) who in 2015 released grisly videos (watch here) allegedly exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal harvesting and sale for profit of body parts from aborted babies. 

The groundbreaking undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood executives and workers haggling over the prices of baby body parts, picking through bloodied arms and legs of aborted babies in a pie tray, and discussing how to alter abortion methods to obtain better body parts for sale.

Veteran pro-life activist Dr. Monica Miller said in June 2016 that the videos show “a glimpse of hell.” Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted in October 2016 that the videos "do hurt” Planned Parenthood's reputation.

Public outrage over the videos prompted congressional hearings and calls for the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood. Because of the damning evidence found in those videos, the CMP director now finds himself under attack by the abortion industry. The abortion industry is seeking to permanently bury the videos and put Daleiden and his co-defendant Sandra Merritt behind bars on charges that they illegally recorded “confidential communications” under California’s anti-eavesdropping law. 

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced in March 2017 that Daleiden and Merritt were criminally charged with 14 felony counts of illegal recordings under Penal Code section 632, and a 15th count of conspiracy to violate section 632. They were charged despite evidence that the video recordings were made in public places, such as restaurants and conference halls, where it would be a stretch to expect “confidentiality.”

The 14 individuals Daleiden captured in the videos as giving damning evidence of the abortion industry’s involvement in the sale of aborted baby body parts were named in the felony charges against the whistleblower anonymously, being listed in People of the State of California vs. David Robert Daleiden, Sandra Merritt as "Does" 1 through 14. 

While Daleiden and Merritt’s legal teams cannot use the names in court, and must refer to "Doe" 1 or "Doe" 14, etc., the names have been publicly available on the internet since 2017 and can be easily found through online searches. Many of these names have become infamous names in pro-life communities across America. 

They are: 

  • DOE 1 - Dr. Carrie Ann Terrell, medical director of “Whole Woman’s Health” 
  • DOE 2 - Dr. Stephen Hindes, owner of “Healthy Futures for Women” and former abortion provider for Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains 
  • DOE 3 - Dr. Susan Robinson, third-trimester abortion doctor at Southwestern Women’s Options and abortion provider for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • DOE 4 - Ms. Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of “Whole Woman’s Health”
  • DOE 5 - Dr. Lisa Harris, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Michigan
  • DOE 6 - Dr. Mathew Reeves, medical director of the National Abortion Federation and abortion provider for Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • DOE 7 - Ms. Debbie Bamberger, non-physician surgical abortion provider for Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • DOE 8 - Dr. Norma Jo Waxman, abortion professor at taxpayer-funded UC San Francisco
  • DOE 9 - Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • DOE 10 - Dr. Mary Gatter, medical directors’ council president for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • DOE 11 - Ms. Laurel Felczer, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley
  • DOE 12 - Ms. Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress, LLC, longtime Planned Parenthood business partner in harvesting aborted fetal organs
  • DOE 13 - Mr. Kevin Cooksey, former VP of corporate development at StemExpress
  • DOE 14 - Ms. Megan Barr, procurement manager for StemExpress

Daleiden and Merritt’s legal teams — which includes Thomas More Society, Law Office of Nic Cocis, Liberty Counsel, and Law Office of Brentford Ferreira — argued before Judge Hite last week that the Does should be named in court because a publicly-accused defendant is entitled to face his accusers in a public trial. 

They said that the 14 “Does” have “information and testimony” as to whether or not the recorded conversations were confidential. They would also like the names revealed in court for the purposes of subpoenaing the “Does” to testify in the case. They also raised the argument that if a “Doe” were subpoenaed, it would be questionable for a witness to “testify at a public hearing without using their given name.” They also noted existing law that indicates that in cases like this “you can’t keep the victims’ names secret.”

“David & Sandra's attorneys should be allowed to give a robust defense for their clients, including unsealed, public cross-examination,” commented Pro-Life San Francisco in a Feb. 1 tweet about the proceedings. The pro-life group has been tweeting out the names of the “Does” since last month and linking to mainstream media outlets which have covered their involvement in the abortion industry. 

The Monday, February 11 hearing is essential because it sets the parameters for the upcoming Feb. 19 preliminary hearing to determine if any of the 15 criminal charges against Daleiden and Merritt have sufficient grounds to proceed to an actual trial. In other words, the judge will decide on Monday what rules will govern the preliminary hearing. 

Along with the judge determining if the accusers’ identities will be revealed, he will also determine if Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation can intervene in the case. 

Thomas More Society’s Peter Breen called the last-minute motion to allow the two pro-abortion third parties to intervene “unheard of” and “outrageous.”

“In the criminal context, you are guaranteed as a defendant a neutral and disinterested prosecutor. And so, to allow private parties to come in and prosecute you when you're very liberty is at risk, it puts every notion of constitutional due process on its head,” he said in an interview with LifeSiteNews. 

The judge will also decide on Monday if the undercover videos filmed by Daleiden can be used as evidence, and if so, to what extent they will be accessible to the public. While the “Does” legal team wants the videos “sealed” so they cannot be viewed by a public likely to be outraged by the content, Daleiden and Merritt’s team want the videos shown because they are the most important piece of evidence exposing the abortion industry’s allegedly illegal activity. 

U.S. District Judge William Orrick banned the videos in 2017, placing a civil injunction on them that prevented Daleiden’s CMP along with his legal team from releasing more footage. The judge ruled that Daleiden and his legal team were in contempt of court in July 2017 for ignoring his gag order and fined them $137,000. 

The Superior Court judge suggested last week, however, that Orrick’s civil gag rule did not apply in a criminal court, indicating that Daleiden and Merritt’s team might use the videos for their case.  

“It will not be a violation of the federal civil injunction if I order that you may use certain clips in this case because…that’s part of your defense in this criminal proceeding,” Judge Hite said. He added that Judge Orrick himself could not make a civil injunction “bind” a criminal court and that Orrick “doesn’t have any jurisdiction over this case.”

One of Daleiden’s lawyers argued in court last week that he was confident that a jury would not “indict my client after they see these videos,” indicating their importance in the case and the reason the lawyers defending the "Does" want them banned as evidence.  

Daleiden and Merritt’s legal teams are ultimately hoping for a “fair public preliminary hearing.”

“You could have a very secret and very restricted preliminary hearing starting on Feb. 19th if the hearing goes badly this Monday,” Breen told LifeSiteNews. “This hearing on Monday is incredibly important for the pro-life movement, for the future of the Daleiden cases, and frankly for free press,” he added.  

The defense is worried that if Judge Hite orders what amounts to a secret preliminary hearing then he could also order a secret trial, which could only benefit the abortion industry. 

“We want everything in the open,” said Thomas Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel for Thomas More Society, to LifeSiteNews. 

Daleiden said last month at the March for Life Conference in Washington D.C. that he can understand why Planned Parenthood is unwilling to produce witnesses, the "Does,"  in its case against him.

“And I can promise you...when this all starts on February 19 the leaders and architects of Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire will either admit their criminality under oath or they will commit perjury trying to cover it up,” he said.

STAY TUNED: LifeSiteNews will be at the Superior Court Monday in San Francisco following this case. Stay tuned for how Judge Hite rules in this hearing. 

Featured Image
Leanna Haggard

Opinion

Worth fighting for: My baby was born at 24 weeks, and we both survived a high-risk pregnancy

Leanna Haggard
By Leanna Haggard
Image
Photo: LeAnna Haggard.
Image
Photo: LeAnna Haggard.

February 7, 2019 (Live Action News) – My pregnancy started off like many others: two little pink lines, shock, joy, and overwhelming love. My husband and I were so excited. We thanked God for this gift – for giving us another chance after the first trimester loss of our first. I was growing a little life inside of me. I started doing everything right. Vitamins and proper eating. Drinking plenty of water.

I had a few minor medical conditions that my doctors couldn't define so I requested an appointment at my OB for as early as possible. At six weeks we saw a little heart beat. I was chosen to protect that little soul. At seven weeks I started getting sick and was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The sickness was so bad I had multiple bags of IV fluid and anti-nausea medication. Nothing helped me feel better but my baby was still healthy and that's all that mattered to me.

At nine weeks, I had my routine prenatal blood tests. I was still sick, sleepy all the time, and it was hard for me to get around without feeling out of breath or dizzy. My baby was okay and that was all that mattered to me. A few hours after my nine week appointment my OB called me. They weren't able to treat me. My blood counts were too low to carry a baby. They suggested I see a different doctor.

At 10 weeks, I met with a doctor who specializes in blood diseases. From him I got more bad news: I was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure condition called Aplastic Anemia. My bone marrow was not making enough blood cells for me to survive, much less the baby.

At 12 weeks, I met with a high risk OB. They told me my baby wouldn't even make it past the first trimester. It was only a matter of time. The first option they gave me was "termination." I was supposed to let them remove the little soul that I was gifted to grow and protect — the little bean I had watched wiggle and grow and form on my weekly ultrasounds.

My husband and I stood firm in my choice. I was going to carry this baby. My doctors devised a plan. I had weekly ultrasounds and blood transfusion to keep my counts high enough for the baby. And it worked. At 23 weeks we went in for another ultrasound. We found out we were having a little girl, who was getting stronger every day. We argued over names and settled on Eden Grace. She was healthy. She measured right. She was active.

At 23 weeks and four days into my pregnancy, my daughter finally started to show the struggle the doctors expected her to have. The placenta had started to fail. I was quickly admitted into the hospital. My blood pressure was so high! I now had preeclampsia. My doctors suggested delivering her that day but I refused. I was put on bed rest, and she and I were monitored closely.

At 24 weeks and two days my blood pressure peaked. My doctors were amazed I didn't have any seizures. I had multiple transfusions throughout the day, but my body was using the blood cells rapidly. The next day, my doctors finally got my blood cells to hold at a safe place. The problem was that they weren't sure how long they would hold. I had three options: Refuse to deliver and risk both of us dying, start vaginal delivery and hope my counts stayed high enough during the entire labor,  or have an emergency C-section.

The last 24 weeks of my life had all been for my baby. I wouldn't give up on her. The second option was the best for me, but the trauma of a vaginal birth would have lowered our daughter's survival rate at such a small size. If I had picked this option and my blood counts had dropped during labor, my doctors would have stopped and removed her via abortion because I wouldn't have had enough platelets for my blood to clot during a C-section. My doctors also warned me that I might not make it through an emergency C-section (the third option), but my baby would have been removed safely and rushed to the NICU for care. I picked this option.

I remember a strong feeling of calm. My family surrounded my bed. We held hands and my sister said the most beautiful prayer. I knew my daughter was safe. God put her in my womb. He intended for her to be born. To live. Even if I was only to be her vessel, if my life had to end so hers could begin, I was ready.

A 45-minute operation turned into a three hour operation. My baby was okay. She was rushed to the NICU and her daddy got to meet her. She looked great! However, after the ventilator was removed for me to wake up from surgery, my lungs filled with fluid. I don't know all the details. It was all a blur. I spent five days recovering in the surgical ICU.

My daughter has battled all kinds of things since birth. But she was alive. She flinched when they drew her blood. She felt the pain of the needle prick. She pushed away when people touched her. She understood that it wasn't normal for her to feel things like that. She's had MRSA, heart surgery, seizures, chronic lung disease, and so many other scares, but she's expected to grow out of all these things.

She's four months old now, and she's growing and thriving every day. She was born barely into the second trimester and she survived.

Published with permission from Live Action News.

View specific date
Print All Articles