David Daleiden Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood

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Pro-life activist David Daleiden, whose undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practices led to a congressional investigation, filed a federal defamation complaint against Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, arguing that the abortion giant lied to the media about his videos. 

Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, filed the complaint in a New York federal court. He alleges that Planned Parenthood told the media that he and CMP “manufacture[d]” and “created” a “false smear campaign” when they released a series of undercover videos and transcripts showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their willingness to engage in the illegal sale and harvesting of aborted babies’ organs, tissue and limbs.

In his new complaint against the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Daleiden, represented by the Thomas More Society, says CMP’s videos show evidence of high-level Planned Parenthood officials discussing their “questionable practices in their abortion and fetal tissue harvesting programs.”

The complaint calls out PPFA Senior Vice President of Communication and Culture Melanie Newman and accuses her of issuing a statement to media on Sept. 18, 2019, that was published by Rewire News, an outlet that advocates for abortion. Newman was quoted accusing CMP’s investigation as a “multiyear illegal effort to manufacture a fake smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.”

On Nov. 15, 2019, the complaint adds, PPFA posted on its official Twitter account that Daleiden and others “created a false smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.”

The comments were made after Daleiden, CMP and other defendants were ordered by a California federal judge earlier to pay $2.3 million in damages to Planned Parenthood after a jury had found Daleiden and an associate guilty of crimes including creating fake government-issued identification cards, illegal recording and trespassing.

“In reality, as PPFA and its representatives recorded on the videos readily admit in other fora, Plaintiffs’ videos accurately record Planned Parenthood officials’ own shocking words spoken in real life,” the complaint contends.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith