Watch: This is The Video That Kick Started The Probe Into Plan Parenthood’s Grotesque Secret
The jury overseeing the criminal case against Planned Parenthood for the sale of aborted fetal parts watched the news reported in court that kickstarted the investigation into criminal acts.
Journalist and abortion activist David Daleiden took the witness stand in a San Francisco courtroom on Tuesday, where he testified that it was an undercover ABC News “20/20” report on fetal tissue trafficking that inspired him to record similar undercover videos.
Daleiden and members of his team at the Center for Medical Progress are in the midst of a jury trial, where they are being sued by Planned Parenthood for allegedly wiretapping, trespassing, and breaking confidentiality while recording undercover videos. The videos in question featured Planned Parenthood executives discussing the profit motives and process of selling the body parts of aborted babies.
So far, the presiding judge has resisted allowing certain videos Daleiden recorded to be shown to the jury. As Planned Parenthood would prefer, the attorneys have been pushed focus only on the legality of the recordings and not the content of the videos recorded. But on Tuesday, the judge allowed defense attorney Charles LiMandri to show an investigative ABC News report that Daleiden said influenced his own undercover project.
The judge instructed the jury to not allow the video to sway their decision. The video below aired in 2000 featuring reporter Chris Wallace breaking the news. This is the same video that showed in court Tuesday.
In a recent preliminary hearing in the court case against the Center for Medical Progress, a Planned Parenthood official admitted to harvesting aborted fetal parts for the purpose of selling them to human tissue procurement companies.
Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden are currently defending themselves against 15 felony charges after their series of undercover videos exposed the abortion provider’s unethical trade in baby body parts. As Liberty Counsel has pointed out, Merritt and Daleiden are the first undercover journalists to be criminally prosecuted in California history, indicating that the charges may have been politically motivated.
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