9/5 Day 3 Planned Parenthood Undercover Video Prosecution Summary

Agitated, bothered, and at times combative, both Doe 9 and 12 came determined to avoid answering difficult and incriminating questions posed by defense attorneys. Yet, gruesome revelations in the sworn testimonies of the two Does in Day 3 of preliminary hearings verified and vindicated CMP’s investigative journalism work.

  • The AG’s office and the defense played undercover CMP footage of former PPLA and PPFA official Doe 9. When asked if the videos depicted her conversation with Daleiden and Merritt accurately, Doe 9 said yes.
  • Doe 9 refused to acknowledge or explain her statements on the undercover video describing using ultrasound guidance to flip a baby in the womb to breech position in order to extract it with the head intact for brain harvesting and then saying, “We’ve been pretty successful with that, I’d say.” A clearly irritated Doe 9 pretended to not understand the question and refused to give a direct answer about the meaning of her words.
  • Defense attorneys moved to impeach Doe 9, twice, for lying under oath in yesterday’s proceedings and contradicting her prior sworn testimony. Doe 9’s prior admissions in her under-oath deposition in the federal civil case against CMP contradicted her sworn testimony on the witness stand in the AG’s state case.
  • Doe 12 of StemExpress volunteered information about StemExpress in an answer to the AG’s office, claiming the organization has grown in size over the years.
  • Doe 12 claimed her public restaurant dinner meeting with Daleiden and Merritt was private and that StemExpress presented Daleiden with an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before the meeting which Daleiden and Doe 12 signed. In cross-examination, defense produced the email showing the NDA was sent and signed almost a month after the dinner. Doe 12 stumbled and could not explain the discrepancy.
  • After CMP released the StemExpress videos in 2015, StemExpress publicly denied their authenticity to the public and to Congress. But under oath on the witness stand, Doe 12 testified that the documents shown in CMP videos are authentic StemExpress documents.
  • Before founding StemExpress, Doe 12 was a tissue procurement technician for Advanced Bioscience Resources, responsible for collecting and harvesting baby body parts from Planned Parenthood. In her sworn testimony, Doe 12 admitted that when a fetal brain is able to be harvested, it is because the baby’s head may still be attached to the body after being pulled out of the womb. When confronted with her statements on undercover video about shipping “intact cases”, she also did not deny that StemExpress harvests and transfers unborn children from completely intact abortions.

Proceedings resume at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 10, in Department 10 of the San Francisco Superior Court, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

9/4 Day 2 Planned Parenthood Undercover Video Prosecution Summary

Sworn testimony continued with multiple Planned Parenthood witnesses today in the California Attorney General’s unprecedented video recording case against CMP investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Key moments included:

  • Doe 3, a famous 3rd-trimester abortion doctor, referred to David Daleiden as “an affable young man”
  • Doe 3 described herself as a public figure and very open about her controversial late-term abortion work, and was proud of her role in a widely-publicized documentary film about late-term abortion
  • When asked about StemExpress, Doe 3 claimed not to remember the company, but when questioned further, she acknowledged that workers from a procurement company that resold fetal organs and tissues made visits to the Planned Parenthood Mar Monte clinic she worked at in Fresno, CA
  • Doe 3 testified there was no way to know whether individual representatives at an Exhibit Booth at the National Abortion Federation trade show were pro-life or pro-choice
  • The Attorney General’s office, at the sudden prompting of Planned Parenthood, switched the order of witnesses so that Doe 9 would take the stand in the afternoon instead of Doe 10. This last-minute swap appeared orchestrated to interfere with the Defense, who had been preparing for Doe 10.
  • Doe 9 refused to give a direct answer to questions about what she meant by her description of a method to obtain intact fetal heads by flipping the position of the baby to feet-first before extraction, the hallmark of illegal partial-birth abortions
  • Twitter briefly suspended, and then reinstated, CMP’s Twitter access after Planned Parenthood lawyers falsely described CMP’s tweets reporting on the public hearing as “live streaming” the hearing

Proceedings resume at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow, September 5, in Department 10 of the San Francisco Superior Court, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

9/3 Day 1 Planned Parenthood Undercover Video Prosecution Summary

Top Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors and abortion industry-big wigs descend on San Francisco this week to testify under oath on the witness stand, live and in public, for the first time since CMP’s undercover video series documenting Planned Parenthood leadership harvesting and selling aborted fetal organs and tissues. Key moments in the sworn testimony on Day 1 included:

  • The Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the unprecedented case launched by now-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, focused almost entirely on the security and application process for National Abortion Federation trade shows.
  • But the AG’s primary witness, Melissa Fowler, VP of External Affairs for NAF, admitted she had no responsibility for NAF security or trade show management since she started with NAF in 2006.
  • NAF’s Exhibitor Rules and Regulations did not prohibit video recording at the time the undercover videos were filmed. Fowler refused to acknowledge video recording was never mentioned in the Rules and Regulations presented to exhibitors at the time of application.
  • Fowler admitted meeting with CA Attorney General’s office in April to discuss questions the prosecutors would ask in the Preliminary Hearing. Fowler also admitted she was being paid as an employee of NAF to attend and testify and NAF was paying for her travel, showing the third-party abortion trade group’s outside interest in the proceedings.
  • With more than a decade working with abortion doctors, vendors, and others at NAF, Fowler claimed she does not know what a fetal tissue procurement organization is, even though she recognized StemExpress as a repeat NAF vendor.
  • Doe 7, a non-physician who performed surgical abortions for Planned Parenthood Northern California, testified that she provided fetal tissue from the abortions she did at Planned Parenthood as a regular occurrence.
  • When asked if she had ever heard of StemExpress, Doe 7 said she had heard of cases in which StemExpress was involved and money was exchanged. StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Northern California are both under ongoing FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigation for selling fetal organs and tissue against the law.
  • The defense presented Doe 7 with video evidence of her conversation with David Daleiden and she admitted numerous third parties could overhear the conversation.
  • Doe 7 could not identify Daleiden in the courtroom as the person who spoke with her and claims not to remember him.
  • The testimony of Doe 3, a 3rd-trimester abortion doctor, began with the Attorney General’s office playing a nearly 20-minute-long, never before released undercover video of a conversation with her. The Defense will cross examine Doe 3 tomorrow morning about her shocking statements on the video.

CMP founder and project lead David Daleiden notes, “Planned Parenthood abortion providers appeared under oath in court today and admitted supplying the body parts of children in the womb to for-profit brokers like StemExpress. Meanwhile, the Vice President of the National Abortion Federation denied any knowledge of the gruesome trafficking in fetal body parts, despite hosting StemExpress as a major vendor at the trade shows. The first day of testimony confirmed what we have been saying all along—this is a biased attack on First Amendment civil rights and a political prosecution to shield Planned Parenthood from accountability for their crimes against women and children.”

Proceedings resume at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow, September 4, in Department 10 of the San Francisco Superior Court, 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

San Francisco Judge Eviscerates Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Against Undercover Videos


Massive Retaliatory Lawsuit Seeking $20 Million In Damages Reduced to As Little As $100,000

Contact: Matille Thebolt, [email protected], 703.683.5004

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18–In a big victory for the First Amendment freedoms of citizen journalists on Wednesday evening, a federal judge in San Francisco indicated his intent to decisively cut back Planned Parenthood’s retaliatory lawsuit against The Center for Medical Progress for the undercover videos documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts.

In his tentative ruling, which he instructed the parties to treat as if it were substantially final, Judge William Orrick III rejected Planned Parenthood’s false and long-running smear that accused CMP citizen journalists, including David Daleiden, of attempting to incite “threats” and “violence” by publishing the undercover videos, instead of simply publishing a true news story of public interest.

Judge Orrick wrote he was “inclined to exclude from the case all damages that stem from third parties’ reactions to the release of the video recordings as impermissible damages barred by the First Amendment absent a defamation claim.” Judge Orrick left in place only “damages for investigating intrusions” into Planned Parenthood’s space, and “improvements to access-security measures for conferences and facilities,” as well as nominal and statutory damages.

The ruling significantly downsizes Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit, reducing potentially over $20 million at issue to less than $100,000. Most importantly, the ruling affirms that citizen journalists exercising their First Amendment rights to speak and publish cannot be held liable for any bad actions taken by others in the free marketplace of ideas, absent a clear showing of defamation or intent to incite imminent lawless action. Planned Parenthood could provide no evidence or testimony in the case to back up either accusation, and so a lawsuit that was once an avalanche of charges has been reduced to essentially a trespassing dispute.

Judge Orrick previously faced scrutiny presiding over the case because of his history founding, promoting, and donating to a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Francisco run by Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Northern California.

David Daleiden, CMP founder and project lead, notes, “Now that all the facts, evidence, and testimony are in, even Planned Parenthood’s favorite judge refuses to buy into the abortion giant’s fake news and lies about the honest motives and protected speech of pro-life citizen journalists. Planned Parenthood is a government-sponsored crime syndicate selling baby body parts like widgets on an assembly line and should only appear in federal court as a criminal defendant.”

The case is Planned Parenthood Federation of America et al vs. The Center for Medical Progress et al (3:16-cv-00236-WHO), and is scheduled to go to trial on the reduced damages claims beginning September 30. The Center for Medical Progress is represented by Harmeet Dhillon of Dhillon Law Group and Charles Limandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). David Daleiden is represented by Dhillon, FCDF, and The Thomas More Society.


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VICTORY: HHS Ends Taxpayer-Funded Fetal Experimentation

CMP’s undercover videos exposed the callousness and barbarism of the nationwide trade in aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood and their business partners. President Trump is showing transformative leadership by directing his pro-life administration to end the unconscionable taxpayer funding of fetal experimentation. Americans across the country are experiencing a revolution of consciousness about the human atrocity of industrial-scale, taxpayer-funded abortion and infanticide. Now is the time for the U.S. Department of Justice and regulatory authorities to hold entities like Planned Parenthood who traffic in aborted baby body parts accountable under the law.

VICTORY: Planned Parenthood Defunding Begins

A majority of Americans reject subsidizing the abortion industry with taxpayer money, and today the Trump Administration showed decisive leadership by enforcing longstanding law against spending Title X funds on programs where abortion is a method of family planning. CMP submitted key facts about the entanglement of Planned Parenthood abortion programs and public funding during HHS’ comment period, and we applaud the Trump Administration’s groundbreaking move to stop forcing taxpayers to prop up Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire. On the heels of this victory, HHS should continue this good work and end its unethical and illegal experimentation with aborted baby body parts, and the U.S. Department of Justice must do its job and hold Planned Parenthood and their business partners accountable to the law against selling aborted baby parts for profit.

Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Tonight, President Trump drew a clear line that he is squarely on the side of Life and will fight abortion and infanticide. He called on Congress to stop the barbaric late-term abortions of healthy, beautiful children performed daily by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. Promoting common sense, consensus pro-life policies such as withdrawing taxpayer subsidies from the abortion industry and cracking down on the criminal trafficking of baby body parts is a cause both Democrats and Republicans could and should support. The U.S. Departments of Justice and of Health and Human Services should follow the President’s lead and do their job to enforce the law against partial-birth abortion and the sale of baby body parts.

Fifth Circuit Vindicates CMP’s Undercover Videos

“The video camera doesn’t lie: CMP’s undercover video series caught Planned Parenthood’s top leaders openly admitting to selling baby body parts for profit in violation of federal law. Tonight, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vindicated our citizen journalism work by debunking Planned Parenthood’s smear that the videos were ‘heavily edited’ or ‘doctored.’ The Court ruled that Texas may strip Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer subsidies, finding that Planned Parenthood uses criminal partial-birth abortions to sell baby parts. Now, it is time for the U.S. Department of Justice to do its job and hold Planned Parenthood accountable to the law.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: David Daleiden Keynotes March For Life 2019 Conference


Contact: Matille Thebolt, [email protected], 703.683.5004

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 17—David Daleiden, founder and project lead at The Center for Medical Progress, responsible for the groundbreaking undercover video series that recorded top-level Planned Parenthood abortion providers and executives callously negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts, will deliver the keynote address at the March for Life 2019 Conferenceat 9 A.M. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown.

Daleiden’s keynote will reflect on the 2019 March for Life theme “Unique from Day One” and highlight how CMP’s undercover videos provide vivid confirmation from Planned Parenthood’s highest levels that the unborn children killed by abortion are human beings, and these revelations demand that American abortion laws and policies take into account the human equality and dignity of the prenatal child.

Selections from Daleiden’s prepared remarks are below:

“Many people have acknowledged since the release of these undercover videos that Planned Parenthood’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra about their abortion business is forever gone. The body parts are only valuable for Planned Parenthood and their business partners to sell precisely because the aborted children they are harvested from are human beings just like we are.”

“CMP’s undercover journalism prompted two major Congressional investigations, one at the Senate Judiciary Committee and the other at the House Select Investigative Panel, which corroborated all the main allegations against Planned Parenthood and found even deeper ‘systematic violations’ of the law in Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts programs. The committees made over a dozen criminal and regulatory referrals for PPFA, some of the biggest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country, and their business partners. Those entities remain under active investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. Planned Parenthood’s business partners the Da Vinci companies already pled guilty in a $7.8 million settlement with a southern California district attorney, and the D.A. credited CMP’s undercover reporting with prompting the successful prosecution.”

“The pro-life Trump Administration has begun enforcing the law to prevent nearly $60 million in taxpayer money from being funneled through the Title X program to support Planned Parenthood’s abortion business each year.”

“The results of CMP’s videos, such as the Congressional findings and ongoing DOJ investigation, the full enforcement of HHS authorizing statutes to stop subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s abortion business with taxpayer funds, and HHS’s reevaluation of its fetal experimentation programs, show how these videos are continuing to have an impact that is devastating to Planned Parenthood’s abortion business and the industry at large. It’s no wonder that Planned Parenthood and their political allies have retaliated viciously because of it—they are weaponizing the legal system and attacking the First Amendment in order to cover up for their crimes and prop up state-sponsored, industrial-scale child killing.”

“Three years ago, Planned Parenthood filed a massive lawsuit against me in federal court in front of a judge they had long been friends with—and I told them ‘Bring it on.’ Today, they are backing away from producing any of their ‘witnesses’ for cross examination—their own leadership from the undercover videos—for fear of what they might admit to under oath.”

“At the Preliminary Hearing scheduled next month in Planned Parenthood and Kamala Harris’ bogus case against me in San Francisco state court, the leaders and architects of Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire will either admit their criminality under oath, or they will commit perjury trying to cover it up.” 

Documents from the slides shown in Daleiden’s presentation are available here.

The two-week-long, public Preliminary Hearing in State of California v. Daleiden (No. 02502505) will be held in San Francisco Superior Court, February 19—March 4.

The first sworn deposition of a Planned Parenthood witness in the PPFA et al vs. CMP et al federal lawsuit (3:16-cv-00236) is scheduled for January 29.

Memorial for Holly O’Donnell in Sacramento on Dec. 20

Please join us in Sacramento, CA on Thursday, December 20 to remember the life and work of our dear friend and hero, Holly O’Donnell, at a special memorial hosted by our friends at Pro-Life San Francisco. CMP is one of the event sponsors.

Holly is the courageous whistleblower who with her eyewitness testimony and primary source evidence exposed StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for their barbaric and criminal sale of aborted baby body parts, leading directly to the ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

WHEN: 6 PM to 8PM, Thursday, December 20, 2018

WHERE: The Sterling Hotel, 1300 H Street, Sacramento, CA

WHAT: Remembering the life and work of pro-life hero Holly O’Donnell through song, poetry, and spoken word. Hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served.

RSVP: Facebook event or web link: https://www.facebook.com/events/296910777605529/ https://www.prolifesf.com/events/in-memory-of-holly

If you are in or near northern California, please come honor Holly’s memory with us. Her sudden loss leaves an irreplaceable hollow, even as her contribution to our movement will resound forever.