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Looks like the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has been releasing videos of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of fetal organs, touched a nerve. One of the peripheral companies in the investigation, StemExpress, a provider of fetal tissue obtained from Planned Parenthood to researchers featured in the third video, filed for and was granted a restraining order against the release of footage obtained during a May 2015 lunch with the undercover team.
The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
People with StemExpress, unboubtably, will claim that the video was obtained illegally, as the people at the meeting were not aware they were being video taped. However, the people at the CMP thought of that, as laws governing undercover surveillance vary from state to state and are quite strict.
In a statement Wednesday, center leader David Daleiden said StemExpress was using “meritless litigation” to cover up an “illegal baby parts trade.”
“The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work,” he said.
This restraining order or injunction does not preclude the release of any footage of personnel or officials from any other group or Planned Parenthood, just StemExpress. Despite the claim that StemExpress’s “rights have been vindicated in court” all this does is delay the release of videos with footage of their people. It does not stop CMP from releasing additional offerings with yet more haggling and deal making over dead baby body parts.
If nothing else, the Center for Medical Progress put abortion as a moral and societal abomination back in the American spotlight. That the proponents of trafficking dead babies scurried to the courts to stop them, rather than brazening out the bad publicity and embarrassment should tell the country more about them then they are willing to admit.
By the way, yesterday, one presidential candidate asked a moral question about all the outrage this week. His tweet is worth considering.