Preliminary hearings have begun for David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, activists with the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), over whether or not they will go to trial for 15 felony counts of privacy invasion over secretly recording Planned Parenthood employees disgusting the graphic and perhaps illicit nature of their abortion operation.
Daleiden, who is the founder of CMP, shocked the world when he released hidden camera videos of Planned Parenthood officials bragging about how they traffic fetal tissue for profit years ago. His organization has paid a steep price for blowing the whistle on Planned Parenthood.
Daleiden and Merritt were charged as a result of releasing their powerful videos, which their lawyers allege is political retribution from powerful Democratic Party politicians such as California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris.
“This preliminary stage is the put-up-or-shut-up stage,” said lawyer Horatio Mihet, who is representing Merritt in the case. “What today has revealed is the prosecution by the attorney general is political in nature and built on a house of cards.”
Daleiden’s attorney Peter Breen noted outside of the courtroom that California Invasion of Privacy Act does not protect any conversation in an open forum that can be heard or recorded. The recordings alleged to be privacy violations come from the National Abortion Federation’s [NAF’s] annual meetings in 2014 and 2015 that took place in El Dorado, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California.
“None of the content was confidential,” Breen said, also noting that Daleiden should be protected as a journalist and whistle-blower under California’s shield laws for his reporting.
Daleiden feels vindicated, as Planned Parenthood was essentially forced to admit in court on Tuesday that they do in fact traffic fetal parts to for-profit firms. The abortion industry is far more lucrative than Planned Parenthood would like to admit.
“Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress. Meanwhile, the Vice President of the National Abortion Federation denied any knowledge of the gruesome trafficking in fetal body parts, despite hosting StemExpress as a major vendor at the trade shows,” Daleiden said in a statement.
“The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along—this is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children,” he added.
The preliminary hearings are expected to continue for nine days as Daleiden and Merritt stand up for their rights against an industry that is very well-connected to institutional power that shields their glorified human trafficking operation from proper scrutiny.
Some of the video recorded by the CMP exposing Planned Parenthood corruption can be seen here:
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Federal Judge Issues Ruling to Allow Elective Abortions in Texas Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
The abortion industry will continue during coronavirus.
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Texas Governor Greg Abbott after he banned elective abortions from taking place during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel, who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush, made the ruling in Austin on Monday banning state officials from preventing abortions in Texas. Abortion providers will be able to perform abortions without restriction at least temporarily because of the ruling.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in a legal brief that the prohibition on elective abortions was needed to “preserve desperately needed medical supplies for the health care professionals combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”
“Medical professionals are in dire need of supplies, and abortion providers who refuse to follow state law are demonstrating a clear disregard for Texans suffering from this medical crisis,” Paxton said.
Judge Yeakel claimed that the constitutional right for women to snuff out the lives of babies the womb trumps all public health concerns during an unprecedented crisis.
“Regarding a woman’s right to a pre-fetal-viability abortion, the Supreme Court has spoken clearly,” Yeakel wrote. “There can be no outright ban on such a procedure. This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause’ in its previous writings on the issue.”
Because of Judge Yeakel’s decision, the ban on elective abortions in Texas is off until at least April 13 when a court hearing will be held over the phone.
Big League Politics reported last week on the leftist hysteria that occurred after the states of Texas and Ohio announced their temporary ban on elective abortions:
States like Ohio and Texas have enacted orders to cease all non-essential surgeries.
NBC DFW highlights that these moves “have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide order on Sunday March 22, 2020 to limit the use of medical supplies hospitals will need as they plan for rising numbers infections resulting from the Wuhan virus. The order prevents hospitals from carrying out surgeries unless the patient experiences an immediate risk for “serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.” …
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost sent letters to Ohio clinics on Friday, March 20, 2020 ordering them to stop all “non-essential” surgical abortions. Yost wrote that the procedures are in violation of a March 17 order enacted by the state health director.
Clinics, pro-baby killing groups, and some state elected officials criticized this move, claiming that abortions are both essential and time-sensitive.
“During an emergency, there is always a chance of government overreach under the guise of `security’ or adherence to `law and order,’” the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus declared in a statement. “In times of national crisis, we have seen egregious acts that have circumvented our freedoms before. And make no mistake – we are seeing them today.”
The baby-murder industry will continue unabated, thanks to the activist judiciary, even if it means putting the public at serious risk of catching coronavirus.
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