If you are one of the millions of women who have relied upon the Planned Parenthood organization to provide you with a doctor to abort your baby and then donate its fetal parts to science for research purposes, then you will likely be glad to hear that the Center for Medical Progress has been temporarily prohibited by a California court in airing any more controversial undercover sting videos. But don’t think that the anti-abortion movement sweeping through the country on the heels of the three videos released thus far is now a moot point, as many states have taken up efforts to de-fund the fetal tissue collector in light of the information released in the CMP videos–and some want to shut down the abortion-providing agency altogether.
On July 29 Fox News reported that a restraining order has been issued that prevents the Center for Medical Progress from releasing video footage acquired of three California StemExpress executives who purchase fetal tissue and fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood. The video is said to have captured incriminating evidence of more illegal and controversial activity, but now John Q. Public is prevented from being able to see it–until Aug. 9, when the restraining order will terminate and a hearing will take place on the matter.
At issue, according to David Daleiden, the leader for the Center for Medical Progress (and the man behind the videos) is “meritless litigation” on the part of Placerville’s StemExpress in order to cover up an “illegal baby parts trade” by trying to silence CMP’s video releases. And Mr. Daleiden believes that on Aug. 19, when the hearing takes place on the matter that the courts will see that:
The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work”.
Apparently the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton thinks so, as ABC Channel 8 news station reports on July 29 that the state leader was in possession of another CMP video made in a Texas health clinic run by Planned Parenthood that has prompted him to call for serious measures against the abortion provider in a recent committee meeting with lawmakers. But Democrats on the committee in question feel there is a rush to judgment against the women’s health care agency.
Fetal tissue collecting and selling is not supposed to be occurring at any Texas state facilities for the abortion provider, with one exception: the Gulf Coast affiliate in Houston, which worked in tandem with the Galveston medical branch of the University of Texas as late as 2010. It is unclear if the Texas video obtained by AG Paxton shows fetal tissue being collected and sent to researchers or not, as the video is not being made public for others to see, but Paxton’s outrage over the video’s content appears to indicate that might be the case.
In the Calif. case, CMP may have been prohibited from releasing another undercover video, the one involving StemExpress, which began its Placerville, Calif. business of procuring fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood after the company was created in 2010, but there is no guarantee that the video will not be released legally at a later date, if the court does not object.
An official for StemExpress had this to say on the matter of the court providing them with a temporary restraining order against the video’s release: StemExpress is “grateful its rights have been vindicated in a court of law.”
But will the court rule in CMP’s favor when it convenes in August, and allow the video to be released to the public, stating that no laws were broken in the investigative journalism piece? Or will the courts continue to refuse the video to be disclosed to the public, for their interpretation of the events? And will the negative publicity surrounding high-level Planned Parenthood officials caught on camera talking cavalierly about the fetal remains of their clients–and how selling them can help them get that Lamborghini they want (as well as motivate them to give the woman a different procedure than originally agreed upon in the medical documents signed) result in fewer people seeking abortions at the health clinics funded by federal taxpayer dollars?