OpEd by Celia Farber
After a month-long trial in San Francisco (one of two) brought by Planned Parenthood against anti-abortion undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, Judge William Orrick has given over 100 pages of jury instructions, prior to deliberation. The instructions include that the jury must rule the two are guilty of trespassing, since Orrick has determined this to be the case. UncoverDC reported on the macabre story that is almost too horrifying even for conservative outlets to cover with vigor. Mostly it is pro-life outlets that give this important story detailed, continuous coverage.
The details captured by Daleiden and Merritt’s undercover videos reveal in no uncertain terms that Planned Parenthood runs a criminal parallel industry that traffics in baby organs, procured by biotech companies for profit, by means that alter abortion practices in order to deliver living “tissue,” which includes still-beating hearts “harvested” alive. This and countless other grisly details can be found, for those who can stomach it, on The Center For Medical Progress’s YouTube channel.
Yet, it is not Planned Parenthood that is on trial, but rather, those who exposed their criminal actions—Daleiden and Merritt.
I say “criminal,” because, as Daleiden has pointed out in interviews, the DOJ and FBI have aggressively prosecuted and indicted a network of Native Americans in North and South Dakota who were harvesting and trafficking Bald Eagle body parts. Surely the standard of criminality applies also to human fetuses. There is in fact a DOJ investigation into this criminal enterprise and all the companies involved, but it has been moving forward very slowly, while the civil and criminal case against Daleiden and Merritt was brought forth very quickly, instigated by Kamala Harris, when she was Attorney General of California.
The present case revolves around 14 felony counts, all but one pertaining to the pair’s violation of California's two-party consent law. One count is for “conspiracy to illegally record.”
Judge Orrick made clear to the jury that Daleiden and Merritt, using false identities, did trespass, at various abortion conferences, and “…the law assumes that Planned Parenthood has been harmed,” but the second part of his statement might (in my estimate) be good news for the undercover journalists, if you listen to it carefully.
The entire quote reads: “I have already determined that these defendants trespassed, the law assumes that Planned Parenthood has been harmed and is entitled to an award of nominal damages such as one dollar for each trespass.” (Call me crazy, but I don’t think it is out of the question that the award to Planned Parenthood will be: $13 dollars.)
Granted--Judge Orrick is on record as a passionate defender of the abortion industry and has shown great disdain for the defendants. He has blocked most of the damning testimony, including the videos themselves, except for innocuous snippets. The injustice and squalor of this whole affair is the perfect set up for an epic backfire.
In April of 2016, then California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, ordered a search warrant on David Daleiden’s one-bedroom apartment. Eleven DOJ agents ransacked his whole apartment, overturning everything, seizing equipment and recordings. They did not find what Daleiden says they were looking for—the raw footage, which he has carefully backed up and placed with lawyers and others for safekeeping. How was this raid even legal? Was it?
Two weeks before the raid, Planned Parenthood, a major political backer of Harris, had requested a private meeting with her to insist she take action against The Center For Medical Progress—Daleiden and Merritt. There were six Planned Parenthood executives at that private meeting.
In an interview with EWTN, Pro-Life Weekly, Daleiden said: “We have in the investigator notes from the Attorney General’s Office now, they recorded in their case notes, Planned Parenthood specifically requesting of Kamala Harris’ office that they would specifically go in and seize the videos from me. So, they were trying to take all the raw footage away and trying to do a huge coverup.”
“They weren’t successful at doing that,” he continued, ”but that’s one of the many things that Kamala Harris as AG of California was willing to do to put the powers of her law enforcement office at the service of the interests of a powerful and favored political backer at Planned Parenthood.”
This judge clearly favors Planned Parenthood, but there are some interesting rays of light—at least the way I read it. Yes, it’s true that the judge “ordered” a guilty verdict, but of trespassing.
Here’s what is more significant: Planned Parenthood originally sought $20 million in damages for said trespassing, and the very same Judge Orrick reduced the amount of potential damages to a maximum of $600,000. That’s quite a reduction.
Let’s say Planned Parenthood prevails and gets the maximum award. What will their $600,000 really have gotten them? In a trial that their own attorneys admit is about “protecting Planned Parenthood’s brand” they have contributed to the abject desecration of whatever may have still been decent about said “brand,” and now the whole country knows about the criminal underbelly of Planned Parenthood and even systemic violations of their own client’s privacy as well as medical rights. In addition, they will have turned a vast fence-sitting or even pro-choice population against abortion. Nobody (outside profiteers) supports dehumanized methods of torture inflicted upon the unborn, in the name of “a woman’s right to choose.” The woman is not choosing this. No woman would ever choose this. I would expect the next lawsuits to come from the women who trusted Planned Parenthood, and were even subjected to radically altered abortion procedures designed to keep the fetuses alive to harvest their organs.
I imagine many law firms are gathering around this landmark case, but not in the way that Planned Parenthood imagines. Those days are over. The real soul of abortion has been revealed, and it’s way darker than any of us could have imagined.
No doubt the jury is having nightmares, as they deliberate. Those nightmares are not about two journalists trespassing.
Celia Farber is half Swedish, raised there, so knows “socialism” from the inside. She has focused her writings on freedom and tyranny, with an early focus on pharmaceutical industry and media abuses on human liberties.She has been under ferocious attack for her writings on HIV/AIDS, as a psychological operation and rooted in fake science. She is a contributor to UncoverDc.com and The Epoch Times, and has in the past written for Harper’s, Esquire, Rolling Stone and more. Having been gravely injured in legacy media, she never wants to go back. She is the recipient of the Semmelweis International Society Clean Hands Award For Investigative Journalism and was under such attack for her work she had to at one point seek protection from the FBI and NYPD. She is the author of: “Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS,” and the editor of The Truth Barrier, an investigative, and literary website. She co-hosts “The Whistleblower Newsroom” with Kristina Borjesson on PRN, Fridays at 10am.
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