by FRC Action
August 7, 2017
Another undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has been released, showing a Planned Parenthood vice president explaining how a shady “checkbox” system when filling out abortion documentation allows them to stay in compliance with the law as they carry out brutal abortion practices.
In the video, Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, Planned Parenthood’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, discusses with CMP investigators posing as fetal tissue buyers the loophole they use in documenting their procedures:
“So some people train to just document that like, you know, to comply with the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, you basically have to say, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure,’” Prabhakaran explained. “So every time you do a procedure, that’s how you document. So, like, there’s like a checkbox… So it would be before the procedure, you do your evaluation, you write, ‘I intend to utilize dismemberment techniques for this procedure.’”
So as long the abortionist checks off that they “intend” to use dismemberment techniques, which is just as horrific, they do as they please in harvesting off “intact specimens” for profit.
In the video, Dr. Prabhakaran goes on to say this: “The Federal [Partial-Birth] Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation. So there are some people who interpret it as its intent. So if I say on Day 1 I do not intend to do this, what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”
Let’s not forget that within the 44 undercover, un-doctored videos CMP has released over the last two years, we’ve seen Planned Parenthood executives barter over the price of human aborted body parts while eating their lunch, brag about how much profit they could get in order to buy themselves a Lamborghini, discuss how they manipulate abortion methods to get “intact heads,” agree to payments and making contract deals for the purchase of aborted baby parts, explain how clinics can generate income from body parts exchanges, and talk about how to monitor the comfortability of clinic staff in order to continue their practices discreetly.
Yet, CMP investigative lead David Daleiden is the one who is being criminally prosecuted, and this is not by accident. California’s liberal Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, who received thousands of dollars in contributions from Planned Parenthood during his congressional campaigns, filed fifteen bogus felony charges against Daleiden, an action even the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board called a “disturbing overreach.” Though 14 of the 15 charges were dismissed, Becerra has threatened to have them reinstated. The judge in the case, William H. Orrick, also has close ties with Planned Parenthood, having served as an active board member of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center (GSFRC) in San Francisco, which has had a Planned Parenthood facility on its site for a number of years. GSFRC has even gone so far as to describe its relationship with Planned Parenthood as a “key partnership.”
Daleiden has an uphill climb in his legal battle against Attorney General Becerra and Judge Orrick. Despite the fact that the Center for Medical Progress uses the same legal undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for many years, bias toward the abortion industry could prevent Daleiden from receiving a fair trial.
The state of California has previously refused to press charges in similar circumstances where nearly identical techniques were used. First, when NBC’s Dateline was sued in California (in Wilkins v. NBC) when it taped a lunch meeting with a company’s salesperson, the court ruled in favor of NBC’s undercover journalists, using the same law that is now being used against Daleiden. Second, when two animal welfare groups, Mercy for Animals and Compassion Over Killing, went undercover to capture footage of animal abuse in California using the same techniques as Daleiden, the attorney general’s office did not file charges. Instead, the state chose to investigate the farms that were at the center of the groups’ reporting. However, on the issue of abortion, state officials refuse to investigate the abhorrent practices of the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Instead, state officials are waging a war against the messenger and not the perpetrators.
By attacking a citizen journalist for his undercover work, they are also trampling on Daleiden’s First Amendment rights. He has a constitutional right to share his work with the public, just as the public has the right to know about Planned Parenthood’s outrageous actions.
“The Department of Justice should open an immediate investigation into Planned Parenthood’s late-term abortion practices, and the U.S. Congress must stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s brutal abortion empire,” said Daleiden.
Here’s the bottom line: Liberal politicians have targeted Daleiden and CMP for leading the charge in exposing the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood’s grisly business, and they’ve stacked the deck against him. David is counting on us to let our voices be heard and to stand with him. Please sign this petition in his support:
“I’m standing with David and agree that Congress should act now to defund Planned Parenthood and that in order for David to have a fair trial, Judge Orrick must recuse himself due to his ties to Planned Parenthood which unfairly bias his judgment in this case.”
Sign here: “I Stand with David”