One of the biggest defenses of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) “sting” videos that targeted Planned Parenthood was the claim that the videos were “legit.” CMP claimed it was being forthright with all the evidence it had — and now we get to find out just how forthright they were being.
Yesterday, Federal Judge William Orrick ordered the Center for Medical Progress to comply with the court’s request for documents in a lawsuit filed against them by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), ruling that they could not plead the Fifth Amendment to protect themselves.
“They have nothing to hide, yet in Federal court they want to plead the Fifth”
The first of several sting videos emerged in July, and supposedly showed a Planned Parenthood official discussing the price of fetal tissue. The videos were produced by a sketchy organization called the Center for Medical Progress, which has ties to numerous anti-abortion groups and is headed by anti-abortion activist, David Daleiden.
Since then, the group has faced criticism, and accusations that they broke laws when they posed as buyers for a medical research company. Furthermore, the GOP officials now leading the charge against Planned Parenthood include representatives who knew about the videos months in advance as well as people cynically cashing in on the faux outrage and wasting tax dollars on what amounts to a political witch hunt.
At the end of July, the NAF filed suit against the CMP. In their lawsuit, they accused the CMP of an:
. . . [O]utrageous conspiracy to defraud, carried out by extremist anti-abortion activists against NAF and its constituent members, and perpetrated for the purpose of intimidating and harassing providers of abortion care services to women, and to end access to reproductive health services in America.
Last month, the CMP and David Daleidan, the founder, told the court that they planned to plead the Fifth Amendment in the lawsuit, to protect themselves from self-incrimination.
It didn’t work. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick told the CMP that they would have to cooperate fully with the request for documents. Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, issued a statement after the ruling that highlights a damning truth:
It’s telling that the defendants have been very vocal in the media saying that they have nothing to hide, yet in Federal court they want to plead the Fifth.
Will this change public opinion? Probably not, since public opinion was never on the CMP’s side to begin with.
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