Undercover journalist and pro-life warrior David Daleiden has been ordered to pay Planned Parenthood $2.4 million for exposing the abortion mill’s harvesting and selling of baby body parts.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling against Daleiden, journalist Sandra Merritt, and pro-life activists Troy Newman, Gerardo Lopez and Albin Rhomberg.
Two of the judges were appointed by former President Bill Clinton and one was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
According to CBN News, “Daleiden and Merritt are the first undercover journalists to be criminally prosecuted in the history of California.”
Back in 2015, Daleiden and Merritt working for The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released several videos exposing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby body parts.
One video showed Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, negotiating over payments for intact “fetal specimens,” i.e., dead preborn babies.
“You know, in negotiations whoever throws out the figured first is at a loss, right? I just don’t want to lowball,” she said, before suggesting, “$75 a specimen” (emphasis added).
“Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini” (emphasis added).
You can watch the full video here:
Other videos showed a medical director discussing ways Planned Parenthood gets around the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban and others stating the Planned Parenthood alters its abortion procedures to get “intact specimens” so the preborn baby’s organs can be harvested.
“A Ninth Circuit panel decided with this ruling today that protecting Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices of partial-birth abortion and trafficking of aborted fetuses for government-sponsored experiments is more important than protecting the First Amendment rights of journalists and of the public,” CMP said in a statement after the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.
“In order to do this, the panel had to contradict its own precedents about undercover reporting on any other topic, disregard other Circuits’ en banc findings of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, and bless the increasing weaponization of the justice system against pro-life speech. The tide of history is turning against the panel’s obsolete pro-abortion exceptionalism,” CMP added.
“We will appeal until the constitutional rights of reporters and the public prevail.”
Merritt is being represented in court by Liberty Counsel while Daleiden and CMP are being represented by Heather Hacker of Hacker Stephens.
Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman, said in a statement, “Sandra Merritt is being targeted for exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of harvesting and selling baby body parts.
“Sandra did nothing wrong. She only revealed the truth of what horrors are happening to precious unborn children. Liberty Counsel will continue to seek justice for Sandra Merritt and for these innocent babies.
Liberty Counsel said that it will appeal the ruling and seek en banc review from the entire Ninth Circuit. The court had also awarded Planned Parenthood $14 million in attorney’s fees and costs – leading to a judgement of over $16 million.
Planned Parenthood doesn’t need the money. In its 2020-2021 annual report, the abortion giant reported that it received $633 million in government funds, meaning the lawsuit represents just 2% of what Planned Parenthood receives from the government every year.
No. This case is about punishing CMP, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Planned Parenthood wants to see them silenced for exposing the dark underbelly of the abortion mill.
CMP and Daleiden revealed to the American public how evil Planned Parenthood is. And for that, they must be destroyed.
The case is Planned Parenthood Federal of America v. Troy Newman.
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