The Center for Medical Progress and undercover journalist David Daleiden are suing Planned Parenthood for defamation after the abortion provider told media outlets Daleiden “manufacture[d]” and “created” a “false smear campaign” in releasing video footage of PPFA employees discussing the harvesting and trafficking of aborted baby body parts.
After Daleiden’s videos were first released in 2015, PPFA denied the accusations of fetal organ trafficking, claiming the videos were “deceptively edited” and “missing footage.” PPFA filed a lawsuit against Daleiden and other CMP employees, charging them for violating the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO Act) and engaging in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing. A judge ruled against Daleiden and awarded PPFA $870,000 in punitive damages. Now, Daleiden is fighting back with a lawsuit of his own.
Despite publicly making claims the videos were “edited” and “fraudulent,” PPFA avoided questioning their authenticity in the courtroom and in their allegations against Daleiden. At one point in court hearings, PPFA even admitted that statements made by employees on video about their fetal tissue harvesting process were indeed “were spoken by those persons.”
“In its earlier lawsuit against David and the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood fought to avoid scrutiny of its illegal fetal tissue trafficking,” said Peter Breen, senior counsel for the Thomas More Society. “This new lawsuit puts Planned Parenthood’s grisly business practices front and center, to prove the truth of the conclusions of David’s investigation, which were also confirmed and echoed by the United States Congress and other government officials.”
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