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David Daleiden sues abortionist for calling videos of baby body parts trade ‘fake’

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November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life investigator David Daleiden and the Centre for Medical Progress (CMP) are suing a former Planned Parenthood abortionist for claiming that undercover footage that shows her negotiating the harvesting and selling of body parts from aborted babies is “fake.”

Dr. Savita Ginde, the former Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain, accused Daleiden and his organization of fabricating evidence in a book she wrote as well as in a TEDx talk.

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released undercover videos in 2015 that showed top Planned Parenthood leaders negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts. Part of the video series released in July 2015 include undercover footage of CMP’s meeting with Dr. Ginde, then the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, where CMP undercover investigators posed as representatives of a biotech company seeking to purchase and re-sell human fetal organs and tissues, modeling themselves after real-life fetal tissue wholesaler companies. 

The footage shows Dr. Ginde responding to Daleiden’s comparison of a flat fee per fetus versus per-organ pricing for aborted fetal remains, stating, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Dr. Ginde is also seen describing how frequently a fetus may be delivered intact for organ harvesting, saying: “if someone delivers before we are able to see them for a procedure, then we are intact,” and that, “intact is probably less than 10 percent.”

Dr. Ginde, who has since left Planned Parenthood, has published a memoir and made a TEDx presentation, in which she claims that the undercover footage is “dubbed”, “spliced and diced”, and even “fabricated” and “fake”. But earlier this month in federal court, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Planned Parenthood Federation of America stipulated that “the words used by [Planned Parenthood’s] personnel and the [CMP investigators] in the video recorded by the [investigators] were spoken by those persons.”

In her book, The Real Cost of Fake News: The Hidden Truth Behind the Planned Parenthood Video Scandal, Dr. Ginde claims the undercover footage is “manipulated” in order to “make it look like I did something that I have actually never done and said things I actually never said” and claims that “[t]he words and actions are completely false.” Yet Dr. Ginde also writes that she never fully watched the undercover footage and “had no intention of ever doing so.”

Daleiden said that the abortionist must be held accountable for her “false statements” about his undercover investigation. 

“I welcome Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, current and former, speaking honestly and publicly about their work, especially as it regards fetal experimentation and organ harvesting. This is the reason CMP’s undercover footage continues to have such a profound impact on the public conscience. But anyone who tries to attack our undercover reporting by making false statements about our work should expect to make a public correction or be held accountable in a court of law,” he said.  

First Amendment lawyer Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, who filed the complaint on behalf of Daleiden and CMP, commented that Dr. Ginde’s “demonstrably false statements” must be corrected. 

“The First Amendment protects the rights of every American, including Dr. Ginde, to disagree with my clients and express their own views publicly–but when someone makes demonstrably false statements and refuses to correct them, as Dr. Ginde repeatedly did in multiple forums, our clients have the right to set the record straight in court, and we look forward to our day in court against Dr. Ginde.”

Earlier this month Daleiden and the CMP undercover investigators were found guilty of multiple crimes by a San Francisco civil court and ordered to pay millions in damages for the work they did exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting of aborted babies. The case was heard by San Francisco’s U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III, who has ties to Planned Parenthood, but refused to disqualify himself when defense requested him to do so. Daleiden and the CMP are appealing the case.

The case is 2019CV031764 David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress, Inc. v. Dr. Savita Ginde, in Jefferson County, CO. The complaint can be read here.

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