Indicted anti-abortion activists avoid federal judge’s order with new bogus anti-Planned Parenthood video
The anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released new video on Monday it argued shows evidence of malfeasance, Jezebel reported.
The footage opens by misrepresenting a speech by National Abortion Federation President Vicki Saporta last July, when she received the American Civil Liberty Union’s Medal of Liberty award.
While Saporta’s remarks concern her working with the ACLU against the prospect of a federal ban on abortion, the video is edited in such a way as to make it appear that she is discussing the CMP and its founder, David Daleiden (pictured above), who was indicted by a federal judge on Jan. 25.
“The fact that he cut it in such a way to make it sound like I’m talking about him instead of a court case in the early 2000s is another example of how misleading of what he does is,” Saporta said.
The video, which was shot at a conference hosted by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, was released three days after the CMP was ordered by federal Judge William H. Orrick not to distribute its “sting” videos shot at NAF offices.
The video includes a conversation in which a CMP member infiltrating the event tells an NAF staffer, “We do donate the fees that we get from our researchers. We give a portion back to the clinics as just a thank you for letting us come in.”
“Oh wow, yeah, it definitely sounds like something some of our members would be interested in,” the NAF employee responds.
But as Jezebel reported, that kind of donation is legal.
Daleiden’s group accused the federation of suing it in order to “suppress” the CMP’s efforts, which he has argued constitute investigative journalism. However, as Media Matters reported, Orrick shot down those claims, stating that the CMP’s videos “have not been pieces of journalistic integrity, but misleadingly edited videos and unfounded assertions.”
Even before Daleiden and his colleague Sandra Merritt were indicted last month, several state investigations launched in the wake of their videos accusing Planned Parenthood of illegal transactions yielded no proof of wrongdoing.