❝Planned Parenthood has filed a civil lawsuit against the anti-abortion activists who have released a series of videos since July attacking the reproductive health organization.
The lawsuit filed on Thursday, which “outlines a very complex conspiracy that ran for nearly three years” is against the Center for Medical Progress, its leader David Daleiden and his alleged co-conspirators.
❝Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, sexual health education and abortions, claim that the Center for Medical Progress violated the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act, as well as “engaging in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing”.
According to Amy Bomse, a partner at the Arnold & Porter law firm, members of the CMP pretended to work for Biomax, a fictitious tissue procurement company, to gain access to Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation meetings. Then they “secretly and illegally recorded” conversations, in violation of California, Maryland and Florida state laws. They also violated federal laws against “secret taping with an unlawful purpose”.
❝The videos, which depicted conversations with Planned Parenthood staff members, alleged that the reproductive health organization was selling aborted fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood denied the claims and said it received reimbursements for collecting and preparing the tissue. The law that governs such transactions dates back to the 1990s.
“Fetal tissue donation is entirely legal and plays a vital role in medical research,” the lawsuit said. “Virtually every person in the United States has benefited from research that relies on fetal tissue. Vaccines for polio, hepatitis, rubella, chicken pox, shingles, rabies, and an experimental vaccine for Ebola have been developed through research involving fetal tissue.”
❝Beth Parker, chief legal counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said that their forensic experts had discredited the videos, saying they were heavily edited and “significantly distort and misrepresent the conversations depicted”…
❝Since the release of the videos, Planned Parenthood has been the subject of investigations and hearings to find out if they broke the law. It has fought against numerous attempts to defund the organization and has “seen a nine-fold increase in threats and criminal activities against their health centers”, according to a press release. In November 2015, a gunman killed three people and injured nine in a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.
The lawsuit said that the Center for Medical Progress activists were part of “a complex criminal enterprise conceived and executed by anti-abortion extremists”.
“They lied about who they were,” Laguens said. “They lied about what they wanted to discuss with Planned Parenthood. They lied about the federal law governing fetal tissue, and they lied about what Planned Parenthood did. But the truth has come out.”
Every state legislature, every anti-abortion Congressional hack, every conservative creep you would expect to oppose women’s reproductive rights has attempted to prove the claims in the phony videos. Every attempt failed. Every chance to validate the claims of anti-abortions activists has failed.
I hope the slimeballs who produced this crap pay for their fraud.