This week, the preliminary hearings for the trial of citizen journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt continued. The Pro-Lifers behind the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which exposed the lucrative trafficking of baby body parts harvested in elective abortion, are being charged with an astonishing 15 felony counts of illegal taping of confidential conversations from the 2015 undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body parts obtained in abortions.
Despite the ludicrous prosecution of heroes Daleiden and Merritt, who courageously exposed one of the most horrific human rights abuses of our time, the preliminary hearings for the case taking place in San Francisco in recent weeks have revealed chilling details about the abortion industry in America. Daleiden won a minor victory in his fight against the abortion industry over the summer, but he and Merritt still face an immense legal battle, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of these bogus charges.
According to CMP, several bombshell revelations came from the testimony of the CEO of StemExpress, identified only as Doe 12 due to a gag rule instigated by the abortion industry. Doe 12, who appeared in undercover videos released by CMP in 2015 discussing lucrative arrangements with Planned Parenthood abortion mills in California, confirmed under oath that the documents shown in CMP videos were “authentic StemExpress documents.”
Furthermore, Doe 12 testified that harvesting fetal brain and neural tissue is possible “because the baby’s head may still be attached to the body after being pulled out of the womb.” When asked to clarify what she meant by “intact cases” in the undercover video (referring to babies extracted without dismemberment in an abortion), she “did not deny that StemExpress harvests and transfers unborn children from completely intact abortions.”
To the outside observer, this information may not seem shocking. Readers may struggle to imagine anything more shocking that selling the body parts of innocent babies deliberately and violently killed in the womb. However, additional background makes Doe 12’s admissions even more horrifying.
As Texas Right to Life previously reported, the CMP videos showed that abortionists have been flouting the laws banning Partial-Birth Abortion. In order to conform to the ban and avoid delivering a living, viable baby in a botched abortion, many abortionists inject the baby with digoxin to stop the beating heart and kill the child before he or she is ripped apart and extracted from the womb. However, some abortionists interpret the law as simply mandating a “checkbox” that they intend to kill the child through dismemberment, and they feel free to alter the abortion procedure to ensure harvesting the organs that would be most profitable and in-demand.
For such abortionists, administering digoxin to ensure that the baby is dead before delivering an “intact case” is not viewed as necessary. They simply mark the “checkbox” of what they intend to do, and then deliver a still-living child to be turned over to organizations like StemExpress to be sold to the highest bidder. This is especially important, because, as Texas Right to Life has also previously reported, digoxin makes many organs unusable to researchers. Evidence of this can be seen in StemExpress orders specifically requesting “specimens” (preborn babies killed in abortion) “without digoxin applied” in order to extract saleable kidneys or neural tissue.
Ironically, while the abortion industry tries to silence CMP and suppress the videos exposing their crimes, their own words continue to indict them. The StemExpress CEO could not deny under oath that her business sold whole babies and refused to answer whether her organization sold living fetal hearts to researchers.
CMP tore through the façade of the abortion industry in America, revealing the utterly inhumane, profit driven operations of the largest abortion business in our country and the accomplices that work with them. As Daleiden and Merritt fight to defend themselves, the abortion industry continues to reveal the horrific truth. Will anyone listen this time?