On January 14, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress, a nonprofit, anti-abortion organization. Associates from the latter group filmed Planned Parenthood employees discussing their harvesting and sale of human fetal tissue.
Dawn Laguens, PPFA's executive vice president and chief experience officer, labeled the investigative journalism as a "smear campaign." She said the people who went undercover as associates of BioMax Procurement Services, a fake company created by Daleiden, were "anti-abortion extremists" who broke laws "in order to spread lies and harm Planned Parenthood" (2).
Pro-choicers assert that CMP's videos were highly edited and misguiding. But the videos that Daleiden filmed were factual and accurate. PP employees disclosed their preferred method of pricing for body parts on-camera. Footage shows parts of aborted babies being sorted out. A doctor mentioned that some abortions are adjusted to resemble partial-birth abortions so certain body parts can be collected. CMP recorded these events and featured them in summary videos, but also released the full footage.
When denying reality was insufficient to discredit the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood sued the pro-life group because of the methods they used to document the truth.
If legality is important to Planned Parenthood, shouldn't its employees quit performing partial-birth abortions, which are prohibited under U.S. Code § 1531? (3) Shouldn't they discontinue sales of human fetal tissue? That's illegal under U.S. Code § 289g-2. (4) Also, 42 U.S. Code § 274e prohibits the buying or selling of human organs. (5)
There's a double standard here: CMP created a fake company to investigate an organization that murders unborn children; they harmed no one. Planned Parenthood commits infanticide on a daily basis.
Planned Parenthood can tout the importance of legality, but morality should take precedence over law when the law is immoral.
The Center for Medical Progress is standing by its pro-life principles; its statement said that this lawsuit will serve to further expose Planned Parenthood's nefarious undertakings. David Daleiden had choice words when making a statement about Planned Parenthood's lawsuit: "Game on."
2. "Planned Parenthood files suit against anti-abortion videos group." Chris Frates. 15 Jan. 2016. 16 Jan. 2016. <https://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/politics/planned-parenthood-lawsuit-center-for-medical-progress/>
3. "18 U.S. Code § 1531 - Partial-birth abortions prohibited." 17 Jan. 2016. <https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text.18/1531>
4. "42 USC 289g-2." 15 Jan. 2016. <https://law.cornell.edu/uscode/text.42/289g-2>
5. "42 U.S. Code § 274e - Prohibition of organ purchases." 17 Jan. 2016. <https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/274e>