BREAKING: Judge Rules that Center for Medical Progress Can Turn Over ALL Film Footage in Planned Parenthood Sting

BREAKING: Judge Rules that Center for Medical Progress Can Turn Over ALL Film Footage in Planned Parenthood Sting October 6, 2015

Breaking news tonight from my friends at the Thomas More Society. There has been a resolution to the conflicting demands regarding the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover investigation into the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood. The court has ruled that ALL of the unedited footage can be turned over to Congress, in response to their subpoena.

Here is their press release, with full information:

Court Rules that Congress Can Receive Full Unedited Footage of Undercover Investigation into National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood

Potential Constitutional Clash between Federal Court and Congress Averted

(October 6, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO) – This afternoon, in response to arguments by the Thomas More Society, counsel for David Daleiden, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick III has ruled that David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress may respond to Congress’s subpoena seeking all unedited video footage of Daleiden’s undercover investigation into trafficking in fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood and other National Abortion Federation affiliates.

“The National Abortion Federation has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep David Daleiden’s footage of its annual meetings out of the hands of law enforcement and the Congress,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “We’re pleased that the District Court has today decided to allow Congress to seek the unedited footage of the wrongdoing uncovered by David’s investigation. We will continue to urge the District Court to allow David to release more undercover videos featuring the footage from these annual meetings to the public, so that the American people can make their own assessment of the practices of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation.”

The National Abortion Federation had urged Judge Orrick to forbid Daleiden from providing the footage requested by Congress. However, Judge Orrick’s order, issued this afternoon, stated unequivocally that “Congress has the power to investigate, and it is not up to the courts to go beyond the narrow confines of determining that the committee’s inquiry is in its province.”

Judge Orrick’s order further stated that, “Importantly in our Constitutional system, there are three equal branches of government, and courts should refrain from creating needless friction with a coordinate branch of government.”

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, authorized the subpoena for the unedited footage in the wake of claims by Planned Parenthood that the videos released by David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress were somehow doctored, a claim vigorously denied by Daleiden. With today’s order from the District Court, the Congress will now be able to review the investigative materials and reassure the public that the videos about Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are authentic and true.

Read Judge Orrick’s Order Here [].

About the Thomas More Society

Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago, the Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. 

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  • Giauz Ragnarock

    Why even have a review if their conclusion (that the videos are not doctored) is already made? It would seem that their opinion of PPH is already set as well, and this investigation is no more than a horse and pony show if the “questioning” of PPH’s head was any indication. If PPH is defunded it will place undue hardship on many women and their families.

    • Rob B.

      Perhaps those funds might be diverted to other clinics in those poor areas, ones that do not provide abortion services?

      • Ramanusia

        If you were watching the rather aggressive interrogation of the PP president, you might have learned that this talking point doesn’t reflect reality.

        PP received reimbursement for services provided, under the Medicaid program, there is no “diversion of funds” that’s possible here, and $0 of that funding goes towards abortion.

      • Giauz Ragnarock

        As many women have abortions, many more people of all sexes benefited from the many services PPH is a leader in making accessible and affordable. These clinics that don’t provide abortions include those of PPH. Lastly, what’s the point of giving more money to those clinics? The issue being investigated is compensation for packaging and shipping of tissue samples (something that all medical facilities that have tissue donations deal with). Apparently the investigators’ case is that by PPH’s efforts to reduce the need for abortions PPH maintains a profitable human tissue market, somehow…

      • Giauz Ragnarock
    • Ramanusia

      They lost their other dog and pony show with the loose lips of Mcarthy, thus they must waste tax payer money on more election year shenanigans in some manner. Expect just as much underhanded, inflammatory and politically biased game playing on this front. Chaffetz has already illustrated just how much of a fact free, completely biased witch hunt this is.

    • Paul

      Lack of impulse control certainly leads to hardship, don your helmet.

      • Giauz Ragnarock

        Keep it in your pants!

        • Paul

          That too.

  • kathyschiffer

    Would women lose their health care? If Planned Parenthood loses its funding, here’s a map of health clinics that could take its place.

    • Nathaniel

      This, as always, is a dishonest dodge.

      In comparison to PP, these clinics are invariably:

      1. Less specialized towards sexual and women’s health
      2. More crowded
      3. Longer lines
      4. More hassle.

      So your proposal is to make these crowded places with long lines even more crowded and then pretend that its an adequate replacement.

      • kathyschiffer

        Saying so doesn’t make this a true statement, Nathaniel. Consider this list of 39 Yelp! reviews of Planned Parenthood facilities–then tell me you know all about it.

        • Nathaniel

          If you wanted to dispel notions of the anti-abortion movement being dishonest cherry pickers, this article was not a good find.

          From those very same yelp review pages, I counted 27 five star reviews. If I counted both four and five stars as positive, then the total goes up to 46.

          So in other words, if you’re going by numerical review, all those Planned Parenthood locations are on average reviewed positively.

          Even better, the article you are showing off links to some reviews explicitly discounted by Yelp, and are not factored into the review rating. The person who wrote your article was so hard up for bad reviews they went to ones that Yelp had disavowed.

          But even more to the point, dissing on Planned Parenthood does nothing to disprove my argument. Planned Parenthood doesn’t have to be perfect, just better than the community clinics you so blithely offer as a panacea. The fact that your immediate instinct was to attack Planned Parenthood rather than defend such clinics is telling.

  • Paul

    I object to the use of the word “sting.” Have we become so deprived of honest investigative journalism that we perceive it derogatorily as a sting? I’m just grateful that the political MSM ideological fifth column lost this battle and the 4th estate is being restored by the journalistic excellence of David Daleiden and Center of Medical Progress.