A federal judge in California, appointed under the pro-abortion agenda of Barack Obama, was infuriated that a newly released undercover video revealed abortionists at the top level of the U.S. industry joking about "eyeballs in laps" and other horrific incidents, and has censored the news media's delivery of that information to the American public.
The video, which appeared Thursday, included abortionists chuckling among themselves about the hardships of their work, including "heads that get stuck" and baby-parts customers who say they "want brain."
Judge William Orrick III late Thursday ordered the organization that has released more than a dozen undercover videos, all legally, revealing Planned Parenthood's baby body parts trade to remove the video.
The order immediately rippled through the Web, imposing Orrick's prior restraint decision on media outlets that also had posted the information.
The video, produced by the Center for Medical Progress, was posted on the website of one of the attorneys defending the group's leaders.
A spokeswoman in Orrick's office, Jean Davis, told WND the judge would refuse to comment on his prior restraint order, because that's the policy he has chosen.
Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com, which has reported on the Planned Parenthood issue for years and on Thursday posted the new video, said the National Abortion Federation and Orrick are attempting to censor the press.
"The National Abortion Federation and this U.S. judge need to be educated on the First Amendment," he said. "Evidently they cannot distinguish the difference from protected political expression and slander and copyright violations.
"I see this as an attempt by the plaintiffs and a federal judge to intimidate into silence and censorship not only peaceful political activists, but the free press, too," Farah said.
In WND's case, its video provider, JW Player, also deactivated more than a dozen other Planned Parenthood videos that have been public since they were released – legally – in 2015.
WND is working to restore them.
The judge's order addressed only the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, David Daleiden. They were ordered to have the lawyer remove the video from his site and to have it removed from YouTube.
"If Daleiden, his counsel, or any defendant in this action or their counsel has caused any of the information covered by the preliminary injunction to be published or posted in any other manner since entry of the preliminary injunction, they are ordered immediately to take it down," the judged said.
The media are not party to the case.
Twitchy reported Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was using the court order to renew the call to discontinue sending half a billion dollars of taxpayer money each year to Planned Parenthood.
"We shouldn't give public money to an organization that knowingly kills babies & traffics their body parts," Cruz tweeted.
The video shows an abortionist complaining how hard it is to tear an unborn child apart.
The Washington Times reported the video shows "top Planned Parenthood officials making gruesome comments about abortion," featuring "joking about severed fetus heads, admitting to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and conceding that clinics have a financial incentive to sell the human remains from abortions."
CMP leaders Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face felony charges in California on accusations they recorded without permission other individuals as part of their undercover investigation of the abortion industry's misbehavior.
Court officials in California have allowed those bringing the complaints against Daleiden and Merritt to remain anonymous.
Orrick claimed at one point that publishing the words of the abortion industry executives would expose them to "intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation" and that keeping the statements secret was "in the public interest."
He ordered the suppression of video of meetings of the National Abortion Federation and of the names of NAF abortionists.
Orrick also recently blocked President Trump's executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, contending the president didn't have that authority.
The Associated Press reported Orrick said he would consider holding Daleiden in contempt of court for the video that appeared on the website of his lawyers.
Orrick ordered a June 14 hearing on the issue.
The video appeared on the site of lawyers Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira.
WND reported Thursday the new video immediately drew a stunned reaction from Lila Rose of the pro-life group Live Action.
"How can the country stand by while we commit these atrocities against our own children? Planned Parenthood and NAF abortionists laugh about heads getting stuck and casually discuss the dismemberment of babies, fully formed, at five and six months. Meanwhile, their public defenders in the media and their paid spokespeople claim that the group is committing no wrong, that they are a public health service. How long will we be blind to the brutal destruction of these vulnerable babies?"
CMP over the past two years has released multiple videos of Planned Parenthood and its operations to sell unborn baby body parts. In response, a number of states have defunded the abortion industry's largest player and Congress has moved to do the same. There have been several congressional investigations and referrals for possible charges against individuals and groups.
"Federal law prohibits selling body parts, yet the new footage also reveals more haggling by Planned Parenthood executives. The searing injustice of our time is not the selling of those parts, but the fact that a ‘doctor’ can legally tear apart a fully formed baby as long as that child remains in his or her mother's womb," Rose said.
Lisa Harris of Planned Parenthood of Michigan is on video stating: "Our stories don't really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? They heads that get stuck that we can't get out."
Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte added, "The fetus is a tough little object, and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart, on day one is very difficult."
Planned Parenthood's Deb Nucatola said, "You know, sometimes she'll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium 'til last, and then try to basically take it or, actually, you know, catch everything, and even keep it separate from the rest of the tissue so it doesn’t get lost."
Uta Landy of the Consortium of Abortion Providers said, "An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross."
Ann Schutt-Aine added that she would "pull off a leg, or two."
The abortionists admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve organs for sale and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissues.
The CMP investigation was conducted by Daleiden and Merritt. They both have since been in the bull's-eye of abortionists and abortionist-supporting prosecutors, with Merritt, a grandmother, recently appearing in court on charges by California authorities alleging she improperly recorded people without their consent.
WND reported the California official who filed felony charges against the two had received thousands of dollars over the years from Planned Parenthood.
But the political influence on the case became crystal clear when it took three judges a total of 12 hours to allow one of the defendants who had scheduled to turn herself in to be freed on bond.
Then the bond was set at $75,000.
And the names of those bringing the charges were kept secret – for just the prosecutors and judges to know.
As Alveda King told WND: "These are troublesome times, and they can be terrifying. However, as a member of the King family legacy, the family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I can only encourage us to continue to pray, and ask God to help us."
The new video also was condemned by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.
President Marjorie Dannenfelser said: "The abortion industry has engaged in a mammoth and hideous deception of the American people while all the while clearly knowing the true horror of their inhumanity to vulnerable children. Abortionist Lisa Harris urged her peers, 'Let's just give them all the violence, it's a person, it's killing, let's just give them all that.' Yet, the terror continues. This is the worst, most graphic conversation we have heard from the abortion industry to date. A civilized nation dares not look away from this assault on the core of our character as a people. This behavior is indefensible and must be stopped."
She challenged Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards: "I dare you to call these videos 'deceptively edited' today. There is no way the incredibly disturbing descriptions in this footage could have been placed in the mouths of senior Planned Parenthood staff and their associates. Dr. Uta Landy, a recipient of Planned Parenthood's highest award, is heard clearly saying, 'An eyeball just fell down into my lap.' Since when do clumps of cells have eyes?"
She said it's critical that lawmakers defund Planned Parenthood, redirecting the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each from the abortionists to community health centers.
"This is a life or death situation. The new footage underscores the urgent need for Congress to stop the flow of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Every day babies die violently at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists who describe strategically tearing children apart to sell their individual limbs, liver, and brain. Taxpayers have had enough of forced complicity in these horrors," she said.
One of the original videos showed an official admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.
Another has Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact," she said.
In the second video, Planned Parenthood's Mary Gatter discussed how her compensation for organs could rise when she said, "I want a Lamborghini."
The fifth video released shows Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood's Houston clinic discussing "intact fetal cadavers":
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant's heart and saw it start beating.