The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) seeking to throw out a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against it. The Washington Examiner reports, “The Center for Medical Progress argued that the Planned Parenthood lawsuits interfered with the organization’s right to free speech and that it violated a law in California meant to protect citizen journalists. Because the Supreme Court will not take up the case, the ruling from the 9th Circuit permitting the lawsuit to proceed remains in place.”
Because David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of CMP worked undercover, they assumed different identities, creating a fake fetal tissue harvesting company to obtain access to the abortion industry’s inner workings — and Planned Parenthood sued, claiming the group violated “the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act [RICO], as well as fraud, invasion of privacy, and trespassing” in the state of California.
This now means that Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against CMP will be allowed to proceed. Reportedly, the case needed four justices to support considering the appeal.
In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress made headlines by releasing undercover videos featuring Planned Parenthood executives, medical directors, and abortionists admitting to the fact that Planned Parenthood partners with fetal body parts procurement agencies, as well as admitting that they alter abortion procedures to obtain more intact fetal body parts for these agencies, potentially in violation of the law.
The abortion industry and its friends in the media continue to perpetuate the idea that there is only one undercover video, when there are multiple. They also claim that the footage has been “deceptively edited,” “heavily edited,” or “doctored,” when full footage has been available on CMP’s YouTube account for as long as the compiled footage.
In addition, two forensic analyses — including one by Fusion GPS, which the Weekly Standard called “an opposition research firm with ties to the Democratic party and has a history of harassing socially conservative Republican donors, possibly on behalf of the Obama campaign,” and commissioned by Planned Parenthood — both found no evidence of any altered dialogue. The second analysis, done by Coalfire Systems, compared the full footage to the edited footage, finding that “only bathroom breaks and other non-pertinent footage had been removed.” The analysis showed that there was “no evidence of manipulation or editing.”
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently agreed with this, finding that the state of Texas is well within its rights to defund Planned Parenthood based on the findings in CMP’s undercover videos.
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