THOMAS MORE SOCIETY — Undercover journalist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) are suing Planned Parenthood, former California Attorney General and one-time presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in Los Angeles federal court for conspiracy to violate their civil rights under the 1st and 14th amendments, trampling their rights to free speech, freedom of the press, and due process.
Thomas More Society, in addition to filing this lawsuit, together with San Francisco’s Dhillon Law Group, is also currently helping to defend Daleiden against California’s charges of felony eavesdropping, brought by Becerra based on an investigation by his predecessor, Ms. Harris, now the Junior Senator from California. The Society is also helping to defend civil lawsuits brought by National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, including appealing from a multimillion-dollar verdict on which a final judgment was recently entered in the Planned Parenthood civil suit. On top of that, the Society is defending a class action lawsuit against Daleiden and CMP up in Seattle, and two years ago they won the dismissal of another criminal charge against Daleiden down in Houston.
[The] lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, Harris, and Becerra charges that these defendants as well as other state officials and law enforcement agents conspired with abortion leaders to pursue an unconstitutional “content-based” selective, discriminatory enforcement of California’s anti-eavesdropping law to cover up his videotaped findings about the abortion industry’s role in aborted babies’ body parts trafficking, including not only illicit sales (at specimen-based rates, regardless of actual incurred costs) but also alteration of late-term abortion techniques designed to yield a gruesome harvest of premium body parts, even “intact fetuses” often born alive so that whole brains or other sought-after organs could be secured and re-sold at very high prices.
Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel for the Thomas More Society, stated, “David is going to federal court to hold his criminal and civil court accusers fully accountable pursuant to the rule of law. Planned Parenthood, in partnership with elected officials, whose campaigns they helped fund, have worked to silence Mr. Daleiden from the moment he released the undercover videos showing their dark and gruesomely evil deeds. Journalism has long practiced such covertly conducted investigations in order to expose threats to public health and safety, racism, and a multitude of other injustices. The abortion industry should not be exempt from the same type of moral and legal scrutiny as others who practice evil deeds in the shadows outside the public eye.” Without this means of access to uncover hidden wrongs, society will be stripped of the means to find them, let alone remedy them.
“California’s selective, discriminatory application of its eavesdropping law, undoubtedly at the behest of the big money abortion lobby, is not only wrong but blatantly unconstitutional. We applaud David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress for refusing to let these defendants get away with their egregious abuse of our criminal and civil justice systems.”
This newly filed federal civil rights lawsuit seeks justice for what the Center for Medical Progress labels a “brazen, unprecedented, and ongoing conspiracy to selectively use California’s video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech.” Daleiden, in his undercover investigation for the Center for Medical Progress, has been the first journalist to ever be prosecuted under California’s eavesdropping law.
Brejcha added, “Mr. Daleiden was not prosecuted because of the method of video recording he utilized in his undercover investigation. What he did is nothing less than standard practice in the tradition of investigative journalism, in California and across the country. What Daleiden charges in his lawsuit is that he and his helper Sandra Merritt have been singled out for criminal felony prosecution because his CMP investigation revealed shocking, true, and accurate video content that Ms. Harris, Becerra, Planned Parenthood, NAF, and other defendants wanted to keep in the dark.”
The Complaint for Damages, Declaratory, and Injunctive Relief – Demand for Jury Trial, on behalf of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, by the Dhillon Law Group and the Thomas More Society on May 12, 2020. Read the complaint, The Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden v. Xavier Becerra, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, National Abortion Federation, StemExpress, Kamala Harris, Jill Habig, Beth Parker, et al, here.
Background on related cases in which the Thomas More Society is defending Daleiden for his exposé of Planned Parenthood’s alleged participation in trafficking baby body parts can be found here.
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