Planned Parenthood lawyer Rhoda Trotter continued her direct examination of David Daleiden in day 11 of the civil trial in San Francisco, attempting to develop a narrative that CMP investigators carelessly recorded everyone they came across in a desperate attempt to find evidence of crimes. However, this narrative attempt was based on gross departures from the facts to which Daleiden testified. The following exchanges are examples of what transpired today:
After playing a video never before released by CMP but played by the Plaintiff’s during today’s proceedings the following exchange ensued: Trotter: …You had no reason to believe that the person that we just saw in that video had committed any crime; correct? Daleiden: No. This was a friendly conversation in public. Trotter: But you taped her anyway? Daleiden: I think — you know, I taped a friendly conversation that we had in public and, for the record, this is a video that I have never released. This is the first time that this video has ever been played, you know, by the plaintiffs publicly in this courtroom…
In another exchange, Planned Parenthood counsel attempted to mischaracterize Daleiden’s words on a video tape: Trotter: Mr. Daleiden, you would agree, would you not, that trying to find evidence of a crime at these various conferences was like trying to find a needle in a haystack? Daleiden: No, I would not agree with that. There were quite a lot of conversations and admissions that the people that I spoke to at those conferences made that I think are very disturbing and that I — that needed to be reported.
Planned Parenthood played a 3-4 second clip in which Daleiden states “what we are trying to do” is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Trotter: Mr. Daleiden, that was you and Mr. Lopez having that discussion that we just saw; correct? Daleiden: As I remember, that was me and Adrian talking about how difficult it was to find Dr. Laura Dalton at that meeting. Because Dr. Nucatola was trying to introduce her to us, but nobody could find her. Trotter: And you used the words “it’s like finding a needle in a haystack what we’re trying to do;” correct? Daleiden: In reference to trying to find somebody in an extremely crowded outdoor public area, someone trying to find someone that you never met before and didn’t know what they looked like.
When Trotter concluded direct examination, she was followed by CMP counsel Charles LiMandri. LiMandri asked Daleiden what informed his decision to go undercover. Daleiden indicated this ABC 20/20 report on fetal body parts sales led him to believe another more extensive undercover investigation was necessary since nothing had been done since ABC’s segment first aired.
Proceedings continue at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 23, in San Francisco Federal District Court at 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, in Courtroom 2 on Floor 17.
PPFA CAPS Director Jen Castle, Director of Medical Standards June Gupta, and CMP’s David Daleiden took the stand today. Daleiden was brought to the stand by Planned Parenthood in what will likely be several days of testimony and cross examination.
Both Castle and Gupta testified that Planned Parenthood did not get permission from them to bring the lawsuit against CMP et al on their behalf.
Defense attorney Paul Jonna asked PPFA’s Director of Medical Standards June Gupta in cross examination whether she was concerned by comments made by PPFA’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola and PPOSBC’s Dr. Jennefer Russo discussing the change of medical procedures to harvest more intactfetal body parts, Gupta stated she was not concerned.
Gupta also revealed Nucatola directed her to connect StemExpress and to other PP affiliates for potential business partnerships.
PP attorney Rhonda Trotter began questioning David Daleiden mid-morning. Most of Trotter’s questions were related to CMP and Biomax founding documents as well as Daleiden’s Human Capital Project, the undercover baby body parts trafficking investigation.
Trotter attempted to elicit an answer from Daleiden as to whether or not Biomax would ever carry out its supposed business purpose to procure baby body parts. Daleiden said ultimately there was no ethical and legal justification for Biomax to do so.
Disturbed by what he saw during his investigation, Daleiden testified to having held aborted baby body parts in his hands while visiting both Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Texas and Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
The proceedings continue at 8 A.M. on Tuesday, October 22, in San Francisco Federal District Court at 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, in Courtroom 2 on Floor 17.
Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Chief Operating Officer Melvin Galloway testified for most of Day 9 on PPFA’s damages claims in the lawsuit. Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Ambulatory Surgical Center Administrator Tram Nguyen gave testimony via videotaped deposition.
Galloway claimed Planned Parenthood cares about “openness” and referenced this as a “value” multiple times, indicating the organization had nothing to hide. But when asked by the defense about Planned Parenthood’s commitment to transparency, Galloway failed to recall his previous testimony.
Galloway testified that Planned Parenthood is seeking nearly $600,000 in compensation from CMP for various security upgrades. Included in the damages bills Galloway approved for the lawsuit is money spent on security for political fundraisers, house parties, and other events as well as online social media monitoring services for former CEO Cecile Richards. Nearly $400,000 in invoices are consulting fees to review and make more thorough screening and vetting protocols for newcomers to Planned Parenthood conferences. Galloway was shown an email from Plaintiff Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains CEO Vicki Cowart shortly after the undercover video release, in which PPRM told PPFA that a simple Google search would have alerted conference organizers to the fact that BioMax had no physical address. Galloway discounted PPRM’s suggestion that PPFA was never even doing basic review of new exhibitors at conferences and suggested that PPFA simply had too many exhibitors at conferences to vet them all.
During Galloway’s cross examination, it was revealed PP has over $1.8 billion worth of assets and an operating budget of $1.5 billion.
Tram Nguyen testified that she believed what she told BioMax representatives was confidential because of the PPGC NDA, but then admitted she never knew about the NDA itself at the time of the conversations and never identified any information as confidential before disclosure as required in the agreement.
Nguyen testified that after BioMax emailed PPGC a draft contract that would pay $750 for fetal livers and $1600 for paired liver and thymus from the same fetus, Nguyen forwarded the draft to her supervisor Dyann Santos and stated she wanted to move forward with the agreement.
The proceedings continue at 8 A.M. on Monday, October 21, in San Francisco Federal District Court at 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, in Courtroom 2 on Floor 17.
Om Day 8 of the jury trial in Planned Parenthood’s federal civil lawsuit, witnesses for Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast lent little credibility to the Houston, TX abortion center’s legal claims.
Jeffrey Palmer, the CFO of PPGC, testified that CMP investigators only entered PPGC facilities by invitation and not by force. He also testified that defendants did not destroy, vandalize, or cause any damage to the $16 million facility.
PPGC tried to base several claims off of a non-disclosure agreement signed by BioMax with PPGC prior to the site visit, which specified that any information to be treated as “confidential” must be “identified at the time of disclosure.” PPGC’s Vice President of Research, Melissa Farrell, testified via deposition video that she could not and did not identify any class of information that was “confidential” in her discussions with CMP undercover investigators. In fact, undercover video played of the meeting shows Farrell explicitly telling the BioMax representatives that they will not be discussing anything confidential at the site visit.
PPGC’s Bonnie Smith, former Vice President of Medical Services, testified that a brief undercover video of her in which she discusses PPGC’s “off and on” history of supplying fetal organs and tissue for experimentation was never released publicly, and that she did not find out it even existed until after Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit was filed. She did not receive any threats or harassment because of the filming.
The proceedings continue at 8 A.M. on Friday, October 18, in San Francisco Federal District Court at 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, in Courtroom 2 on Floor 17.
Planned Parenthood is under investigation by the United States Congress and multiple law enforcement agencies, while their business is drying up and the public is turning against their barbaric abortion for baby parts trade. Now they are filing a frivolous lawsuit in retaliation for CMP’s First Amendment investigative journalism that has done nothing more than tell the truth about Planned Parenthood’s lawless operations. This last-ditch move of desperation is going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates to the light of the legal system and the public will see them for the corrupt abortion and baby body parts profiteers that they really are.
3) Why did a Planned Parenthood Medical Director endorse a StemExpress advertisement for “financial profits” from fetal tissue donation if Planned Parenthood does not support profiting from fetal tissue?
4) Since the President of the Medical Directors’ Council said “we didn’t really have to do anything” when letting Novogenix Laboratories, LLC harvest fetal tissue, why did Novogenix pay Planned Parenthood?
The HHS inspector general’s investigation of the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal is further confirmation of the serious legal and ethical issues raised by Planned Parenthood’s unaccountable abortion-for-baby-parts business. All state and federal investigations, including the Congressional Select Committee on Infant Lives and the new HHS audit, must leave no stone unturned in examining the illicit baby parts payments from groups like StemExpress, ABR, Novogenix, and even the NIH itself to Planned Parenthood.
The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work. The National Abortion Federation is a criminal organization that has spent years conspiring with Planned Parenthood on how to violate federal laws on partial-birth abortion and fetal tissue sales. The Center for Medical Progress will contest any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the freedom of the citizen press.
StemExpress, a for-profit company partnered with over 30 abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to harvest and sell aborted baby parts and provide a “financial benefit” to Planned Parenthood clinics, is attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public. They are not succeeding—their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending CMP’s opportunity to respond. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism.