Pro-life videographer to appeal ruling favoring abortion giant
Monday, November 18, 2019
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)
In a recent court ruling, undercover journalist David Daleiden suffered a major setback – but it's not the end of road just yet.
A jury at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Friday handed down a verdict of more than $2.2 million under the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, among others, in favor of Planned Parenthood. The case revolves around "sting" videos recorded by Daleiden and his California-based Center for Medical Progress starting more than four years ago.
The Thomas More Society has defended Daleiden against Planned Parenthood since "the multibillion-dollar abortion provider sued him for exposing the corporation's role in alleged illegal baby body parts trafficking." The lawsuit was brought by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and ten of its abortion affiliates after Daleiden's 2015 release of a series of investigative videos that exposed the underbelly of the fetal tissue trade.
"This lawsuit is payback for David Daleiden exposing Planned Parenthood's dirty business of buying and selling fetal parts and organs," said Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen in a statement. "We intend to seek vindication for David on appeal. His investigation into criminal activity by America's largest abortion-provider utilized standard investigative journalism techniques, those applied regularly by news outlets across the country."
"It's very disappointing," Steven Ertelt, founder and publisher of LifeNews.com, offers. "Planned Parenthood should be the ones who are paying the price for selling the body parts of aborted babies and potentially doing that illegally. Instead, a jury has targeted the pro-life investigators who exposed those sales and targeted them."
In an email to OneNewsNow.com, The Thomas More Society says it plans to fight the multi-million-dollar RICO judgment. Ertelt applauds the move.
"The good news is that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Appeals Court is no longer the far-left wing, pro-abortion court that it used to be," says Ertelt. "Thanks to President Trump, there are new appointees on there who are more conservative, Republican, and more open to the truth of what happened and not holding accountable the whistleblowers who exposed it."
For that reason, Ertelt adds that next year's election is monumental.
"There is a real battle of good versus evil in this country when it comes to abortion," he emphasizes. "And if you don't want totally unlimited abortion funded by your taxpayer dollars and infanticide nationwide, you have to speak up, you have to stand up, you have to vote pro-life – and be involved."
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