The National Abortion Federation (NAF) just “dismissed seven out of eleven claims on Friday against [David] Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP),” but you wouldn’t know this unless you pay attention to pro-life organizations. The media are ignoring it.
In 2015, NAF sued Daleiden and CMP for releasing a series of undercover videos in which Planned Parenthood employees admitted to harvesting body parts of aborted babies. California prosecutors initially charged CMP with “criminal conspiracy to invade privacy and 14 counts of filming people without their permission.”
The media may be ignoring it now, but when the charges were first made, they were all over it. The Los Angeles Times in March 2017 claimed that, “there's no question that anti-abortion activist David Daleiden surreptitiously recorded healthcare and biomedical services employees across the state of California with the intent of discrediting the healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood — something his heavily edited videos failed to do.” Jezebel reported the story in April 2016 when “investigators with the California Department of Justice searched the apartment of anti-abortion activist David Daleiden Tuesday night, seizing a laptop and hard drives.”
Only four charges remain for “fraudulent misrepresentation, promissory fraud, breach of contract, and civil conspiracy” because Daleiden violated the “purported confidentiality agreements he signed at NAF’s annual conference.” Planned Parenthood and NAF are still trying to stop people from seeing the videos as they are “trying to speed up the case so it can secure a permanent gag order against David and CMP” regardless of the verdict, according to Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorney Charles LiMandri.