A defendant in an unprecedented case brought by the state of California against undercover journalists who documented Planned Parenthood’s baby-body-parts-for-sale scheme is charging the chief of the prosecution team, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, is biased because he pledged to “stand with Planned Parenthood.”
The Center for Medical Progress released more than a dozen videos over the course of 2015 revealing the trade by abortionists. One abortionist even talked about getting a higher rate for the body parts of unborn babies because she wanted a Lamborghini.
Such trade possibly violated federal law prohibiting any profiteering on the body parts, which are used by researchers.
But instead, the state of California brought charges against the two undercover reporters, David Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt, for allegedly violating laws related to the conversations they recorded in public restaurants.
Now Merritt, through her lawyers at Liberty Counsel, has given notice that she will ask the court to remove Becerra, as well as his office, from the case.
She also wants the complaint against her dismissed.
The court filing notes that the video reports “drew appropriate public outrage and moral indignation at Planned Parenthood’s practices, as well as swift legal action.”
“At least two entities in California have been successfully prosecuted, forced to pay almost $8 million in penalties, and shuttered permanently in connection with their unlawful baby parts transactions,” the filing explains.
“Several states and the federal government have moved to defund Planned Parenthood to varying degrees. And the United States Congress has conducted an investigation resulting in the referral of Planned Parenthood to law enforcement agencies for criminal prosecution in connection with its profiteering.”
But the California counts against the reporters were tainted from the beginning, the brief contends, by the links in the office of attorney general to “officers and employees of various Planned Parenthood entities.”
Those ties mean it is “unlikely” a fair trial could be obtained.
“Becerra and his predecessor who initiated this prosecution, now-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, have had (and continue to have) a symbiotic relationship with Planned Parenthood,” the brief argues.
For example, Becerra’s primary election party was sponsored by Planned Parenthood, and he was photographed in front of a poster that said “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”
He also appeared in a YouTube video assuring reporters at a press conference that his office is “united” with the abortion-industry giant.
In another video, Planned Parenthood “received special thanks from Attorney General Becerra at his election victory party,” the filing said.
It’s also revealed that a Planned Parenthood lawyer advised and instructed the AG’s office regarding the confiscation of computers.
Liberty Counsel is defending Merritt against 15 felony charges “brought by the attorney general to punish Merritt for her undercover work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal profiteering from the sale of aborted baby body parts.”
The filing also notes Becerra and Harris both got “thousands of dollars” in campaign contributions from the abortionists.
Further, the filing points out that never in the history of the state have undercover journalists been criminally prosecuted.
Daleiden has asked an appeals court to remove a federal judge from a lawsuit against him by the National Abortion Federation, arguing the judge is partial to the abortion industry, even serving on a board of an organization that works with Planned Parenthood.
One of Daleiden’s videos showed an official admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.
In the first undercover video released by CMP, 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.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter discussed how her compensation for organs could rise when she said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
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.
WND reported when Orrick, censored the latest undercover video that was released.
Even news outlets not party to the case were barred from posting the video.
WND, however, transcribed for its readers the comments of the abortion-industry figures.
Lisa Harris, medical director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan, says in the video: “Our stories don’t really have a place in a lot of pro-choice discourse and rhetoric, right? The heads that get stuck that we can’t get out. The hemorrhages that we manage.”
Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte in San Jose, California: “The fetus is a tough little object and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart, on day one is very difficult.’
Talcott Camp, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Health Freedom Project: “I’m like oh my god! I get it! When the skull is broken, that’s really sharp. I get it, I understand why people are talking about getting that skull out, that calvarium.”
Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “You know, sometimes she’ll tell me she wants brain, and we’ll, you know, leave the calvarium in ’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, founder of the Consortium of Abortion providers for Planned Parenthood: “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross.”
Her comment was followed by raucous laughter from the abortionists at the meeting of the National Abortion Federation, where the undercover video was taken.
The video was the work of the Center for Medical Progress, which since 2015 has released more than a dozen videos of abortionists. Most of the videos have been released to the public, but the National Abortion Federation went to court demanding that videos of its members speaking be removed from the Web.
There were other notable comments in the videos.
Ann Schutt-Aine of Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast: “If I’m doing a procedure, and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus, I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix, and pull off a leg, or two, so it’s not PBA (partial-birth abortion).”
Harris again: “Given that we actually see the fetus the same, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work every day. Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”
Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte: “You go in there, and you go, ‘am I getting the uterus, or the fetus? Oh good fetus. What have I got. Nothing. Let’s try again.'”
Leslie Drummond of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte: “I get a lot of ‘oohs’ and aahs’ from Stemex(press) you know, they’re wanting livers. Last week I was in Sacramento and she said, ‘I need four intact limbs’ and I said ‘you want what?'”
Paul Blumenthal, Planned Parenthood of Maryland: “I know Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff (fetal organs) to people.”
Deb Vanderhei of the Consortium of Abortion Providers: “But the truth is that some might want to do it for, to increase their revenues. And we can’t stop them.”