The man responsible for the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood negotiations on the harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts indicated he is encouraged by what looks to likely be a pro-life win for his case in the San Francisco Superior Court.
The Thursday hearing addressed the 15 criminal charges filed by the California Attorney General’s office against David Daleiden – project leader at the Center for Medical Progress – who secretly filmed his attempts to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood officials in a series of undercover videos.
The AG argues that Daleiden violated California’s recording law, but Daleiden’s defense maintained that the undercover journalists had committed no wrong because the video recordings were made in open, public areas.
Daleiden’s defense attorney, Brent Ferreira, said Thursday that abortion advocates have been waging “a multifaceted attack” aimed at shutting down Daleiden’s message, but that Daleiden and his team continue to win and they “remain confident in a victory for the pro-life moment.”
Daleiden has already beat criminal charges in Texas and recently beat down 9th Circuit Court of Appeals charges in the state of Washington. The abortion industry usually wins, “they just crush people” Ferreira said.
Following the hearing, Ferreira said the judge acknowledged the affirmative’s defense and they expect a victory from it. We are “looking forward to beating what are even weaker charges than those were in Houston Texas,” he said.
There is a “thriving and passionate pro-life community in the San Fransisco area,” said Terrisa Bukovinac, president of Pro-Life Future in San Francisco as well as a registered Democrat, feminist, atheist, and San Francisco local who spoke at the press conference. She insisted that California’s state attorney has failed them by ignoring Planned Parenthood’s many violations and has instead “abused his authority” by filing fifteen criminal charges against Daleiden.
The defense maintains in the public copy of the case that the “performance of a partial-birth abortion can be understood as a crime of violence against the fetus,” and because “a woman cannot legally consent to the procedure of a partial-birth abortion,” … “killing a fetus through a partial-birth abortion constitutes a crime against the woman and the fetus, and homicide under California and Federal Law.”
The amended copy of the Daleiden defense also cited the 1997 Gensburg case that allows recording to not only gather evidence of criminal activity but also investigate unlawful activities.
The hearing comes after a Texas judge dismissed misdemeanor charges in 2015 for attempting to purchase human organs and allegedly using a fake ID brought by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. (Related: Judge Drops Misdemeanor Charge Against Planned Parenthood Video Creator).
Also following Daleiden’s release of the videos, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives began an investigation the fetal tissue industry and published two graphs that illustrate the explosive growth of fetal tissue profit companies.
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