Daleiden appeals suppression of Planned Parenthood baby parts videos to Supreme Court
November 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – David Daleiden of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is taking his battle to release videos exposing Planned Parenthood activities to the United States Supreme Court.
Following CMP’s release of bombshell undercover videos revealing abortion industry insiders discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies, potentially for illegal profits, Daleiden has been locked in legal battles with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation (NAF). The groups have accused Daleiden of breaking California privacy laws, and obtained a gag order against the release of additional videos.
Represented by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) and St. Thomas More Society, Daleiden’s next move will be petitioning the Supreme Court to overturn the gag order, FCDF announced Wednesday. The gag order was granted by the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
FCDF explains that Daleiden has filed an anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) motion against Planned Parenthood, giving the abortion giant the burden of proof to explain that it’s not trying to suppress his First Amendment rights to free speech. Daleiden contends the organization is trying to prevent him from exposing their illegal activities.
“In this high-profile, politically-charged matter, the Ninth Circuit has flip-flopped on its own earlier decision, choosing now to deny disfavored speech the special protection to which it is entitled under state law,” the brief argues, “obliterating defendants’ protections against being dragged through a spurious lawsuit aimed at suppressing the exercise of their First Amendment rights.”
“The billion-dollar abortion industry is stopping at nothing to crush David,” said Charles LiMandri, Chief Counsel of the FCDF. “The anti-SLAPP laws are designed for cases just like David’s, yet the Ninth Circuit chose to side with the abortionists rather than uphold the law. We hope the Supreme Court recognizes that David should not be punished for exercising his First Amendment rights.”
Daleiden won a victory in July when NAF dropped seven out of its 11 claims related to recording “confidential” communications, but the battle to release the remaining material goes on.
In addition to revealing Planned Parenthood’s fetal-parts harvesting, the already-released videos show Planned Parenthood officials making multiple references to illegal practices, such as performing federally-prohibited partial-birth abortions, and altering abortion procedures in order to procure intact organs. They also show personnel discussing their practice with callous and shocking language, including admissions that their business is “killing,” complaints about how “difficult” it is to tear fetuses apart, and references to “heads that get stuck that we can’t get out.”
“You can expect probably a solid dozen more videos, really in the same vein as the original undercover video releases,” Daleiden said in August. “This undercover footage has not seen the light of day. It includes some of the most damning and incriminating tapes that we ever recorded.”