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Jury Grants Planned Parenthood Nearly $1M After Undercover Videos Expose Alleged Sales of Baby Parts

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A federal jury awarded Planned Parenthood $870,000 in damages this week in relation to the undercover videos released in 2015 by guerrilla journalists, which sparked accusations that the organization was illegally selling fetal remains.

According to Courthouse News Service, David Daleiden and co-defendant Sandra Merritt were found responsible for trespassing and other crimes over their unorthodox journalistic efforts to expose the abortion giant, who they believed to be illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue for medical research and potentially killing babies born alive following botched abortions.

“A San Francisco jury found that a citizen journalist and pro-life activist caused substantial harm to Planned Parenthood by secretly taping conversations with abortion doctors and staff in a bid to prove they were harvesting and selling fetal body parts,” Fox News noted in its reporting on the story.

Daleiden, who leads the Center for Medical Progress, and Merritt posed as fetal tissue procurers with the fake research company BioMax, famously leaking hidden-camera footage from an investigation of the tissue procurement process.

The bombshell footage would lead to investigations of Planned Parenthood’s practices in 13 states, Fox reported, as well as the abortion giant’s eventual decision to stop accepting any sort of payment for research-related fetal tissue.

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But Planned Parenthood’s lawyers argued before the San Francisco jury that the pair’s unorthodox tactics did not constitute journalism, and that they should not by any means be protected under the First Amendment.

The pair’s goal had not been “to find crimes, and it was not about journalism,” Planned Parenthood’s legal team argued.

Do you think this ruling was a miscarriage of justice?

It could not possibly have been about revealing to the American people what went on behind closed doors at an organization that received more than $1.5 billion from the federal government between 2013 and 2015, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

“It was about using any means, including illegal means, to destroy Planned Parenthood,” the organization’s lawyers told the jury.

Of course, how could a jury possibly be expected to assess the journalistic merits of the effort when Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III overruled the presentation of any of Daleiden’s findings as evidence before arguments even began in October?

That’s a rhetorical question.

It simply couldn’t.

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In Daleiden’s own words, “Justice was not done.”

“While top Planned Parenthood witnesses spent six weeks testifying under oath that the undercover videos are true and Planned Parenthood sold fetal organs on a quid pro quo basis, a biased judge with close Planned Parenthood ties spent six weeks trying to influence the jury with pre-determined rulings and suppressed the video evidence,” the defendant said in a statement following the ruling.

In fact, in terms of justice, this was a calculated and forcibly induced miscarriage.

Though that’s something Planned Parenthood is beyond familiar with.

In an era where the establishment media and Democratic Party consistently virtue-signals the importance of journalists and whistleblowers in the political process, a pro-life whistleblower and journalist is being forced to pay damages for inflicting undue burden on an organization that allegedly engaged in the sale unborn children’s remains.

The hypocrisy is borderline unfathomable.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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