I went undercover with hidden video cameras for almost 3 years to document and expose Planned Parenthood's criminal sale of aborted baby body parts, because nobody else would, and it was the right thing to do.
Now Planned Parenthood, a biased federal judge, and a bogus legal scheme concocted by Kamala Harris are conspiring to fine me $195,000 for it.
In the 4 years since I started releasing the shocking and unforgettable footage of Planned Parenthood's top leadership callously negotiating the harvesting and sale of tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains, Planned Parenthood's barbaric abortion empire has been totally exposed:
-Two Congressional investigations issued dozens of criminal referrals against them,
-A southern California prosecutor shut down two of their biggest baby parts vendors,
-The Trump Administration's Health and Human Services Department has issued new rules to eliminate taxpayer-funded experimentation with aborted baby parts,
-and the FBI and U.S. DOJ continue to investigate Planned Parenthood and their business partners.
Because of this, Planned Parenthood and their allies have been retaliating against me and my organization, The Center for Medical Progress, non-stop since 2015.
I already beat one lawsuit from their business partners StemExpress, who were harvesting and selling baby body pars (with bonus payments per organ!) from the biggest Planned Parenthood centers in northern California. And I defeated bogus criminal charges filed against me in Houston, TX by a corrupt District Attorney with ties to the local Planned Parenthood (the DA was thrown out of office in the next election).
And the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this year that my videos are authentic, accurate, and reliable evidence that Planned Parenthood in Houston was using illegal partial-birth abortions to harvest more marketable body parts from late-term abortions.
But Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are still pressing two tyrannical federal lawsuits against me in San Francisco federal court, in front of Judge William Orrick III. These lawsuits include a gag order against the publication of some of the worst footage I ever recorded of Planned Parenthood's top-level leadership.
Judge Orrick founded, ran, and funded a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Francisco years ago--part of the same Planned Parenthood suing me in his courtroom!--and remained associated with it up through the filing of the lawsuits, yet he has steadfastly refused to recuse himself from the cases. And his fellow San Francisco judges have failed to hold him accountable.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood convinced their ally in the California Attorney General's office, now presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, to launch an unprecedented criminal investigation and bogus prosecution of me under the California video recording law! Not a single other undercover journalist has ever been prosecuted under the California video recording law, and they record and publish hidden camera stings on a weekly basis. My case is the first and only one, because it is Kamala Harris's politically-motivated attack on my First Amendment rights to benefit her friends and donors at Planned Parenthood.
That brings us to this $195,000 fine. Planned Parenthood's cronies in the California AG's office are trying to use the secret, unreleased videos that Judge Orrick censored from publication as the evidence to prosecute me. The San Francisco State Court ordered the AG's office to give me and my defense lawyers copies of these videos years ago, with no restrictions on their use.
So when the California AG formally filed these bogus charges, my defense team--Hon. Steve Cooley, three-time DA of Los Angeles and his Deputy DA Brent Ferreira--decided to file the evidence in my defense. These videos prove that the conversations were NOT "confidential" and the recordings were made to gather evidence of violent criminality in the abortion industry.
But Judge Orrick, Planned Parenthood, and NAF reacted viciously, accusing me, CMP, and my lawyers of contempt of Judge Orrick's court and fining us $195,000! Judge Orrick and Planned Parenthood are trying to put their thumbs on the scales of justice and ban my defense lawyers from defending me with the same evidence that the California AG is using to prosecute me!
We appealed this obviously unjust sentence to the federal 9th Circuit, and last week the 9th Circuit declined to consider it until the end of the federal lawsuits. So for now, the fine stands--my team had to scramble to come up with $195,000 to hold in an escrow bond while the federal cases and appeals continue.
That is $195,000 that should be being used to defeat these blatant attacks on our First Amendment rights and to produce more video exposes of Planned Parenthood's sale of baby body parts.
I promise you I am fighting to make sure that not one cent goes to the abortion industry. But I need your help to keep pressing forward full steam ahead, until we bring Planned Parenthood and those who traffic in aborted baby body parts to justice under the law.
I need your help to replace the $195,000 that Judge Orrick unjustly fined us to try to shield his friends at Planned Parenthood from public scrutiny.
Every day, I am still working to document and expose the unethical and illegal commercial exploitation of our unborn brothers and sisters. And the new move by the Trump Administration to end fetal trafficking at government laboratories shows we are having an impact.
I published on op-ed just this weekend in the Washington Examiner exposing liver-harvesting from live-aborted babies by NIH-funded researchers at Planned Parenthood-linked University of Pittsburgh. And CMP has more videos to release soon, and we are fighting in court this summer to liberate the never-released undercover videos that Judge Orrick has censored.
I can't do this without you. Thank you for all of your support so far and please help me with any amount you can.
To learn more about CMP's citizen journalism work, visit: www.centerformedicalprogress.org
To learn more about me, visit: www.daviddaleiden.com
- Marilyn Cleveland
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