Center for Medical Progress (CMP) founder and investigative journalist David Daleiden is trying to lift a gag order prohibiting him from releasing at least a dozen undercover videos which allegedly further expose Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers’ unsavory and possibly illegal organ-harvesting operation.
Daleiden told the media that his attorneys are filing motions to lift a gag order so he can release the videos, which he says “includes some of the most damning and incriminating footage we ever recorded.”
CMP began releasing disturbing undercover footage of the abortion industry leader in 2015, showing Planned Parenthood officials openly haggling over the prices of body parts of aborted babies and nonchalantly discussing their gruesome procurement methods.
The videos were largely buried or ripped apart by the mainstream media (who care so much about a “free press”), and the abortion lobby found a new enemy in Daleiden, targeting him with lawsuits and working overtime to discredit the Center for Medical Progress’ work. The National Abortion Federation (NAF) — the organization which put on the two conferences where CMP journalists interacted with abortion officials — successfully shut up Daleiden with a federal suit.
“We’re pressing for the entire thing to be dismissed,” said Daleiden, according to The Washington Free Beacon. “You could expect a solid dozen more videos really in the same vein as the original undercover [material]. … This gag order should be dissolved in October, and we should be able to release the tapes at that time.”
“The facts on the ground [have] changed so completely and so significantly … that the original justifications for that gag order don’t stand,” Daleiden added.
The Beacon notes that Dalieden has “already run afoul of the gag order once before”:
In August 2017 he and his lawyers were found in contempt and fined $200,000 for releasing a video that showed a Planned Parenthood executive tell NAF attendees that abortion is “killing.” The video was later deleted by YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Daleiden has been fighting against the gag order and demanded the recusal of Obama appointee Judge William Orrick, who held a leadership position on a nonprofit that hosts a Planned Parenthood clinic. The Supreme Court declined to review the gag order in April.
In 2017, California charged Daleiden and fellow journalist Sandra Merritt on 15 felony counts for their undercover reporting. “The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016; last year, the state of Texas pursued charges against Daleiden and Merritt, but those charges were thrown out,” reported The Daily Wire.
“This is the first and only time in history a California attorney general has prosecuted an undercover journalist for taping,” noted Daleiden.