Using the courts to censor video that Planned Parenthood doesn’t want people to see is probably going to backfire on them.
Planned Parenthood must be desperate.
The Hill reports, “Planned Parenthood: Videos illegal.”
Planned Parenthood is considering legal action against the pro-life organization that has released a series of secretly recorded videos scrutinizing the health provider’s fetal tissue donation program.
In an exclusive interview with The Hill, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said she believes the videos are illegal and that her organization is “considering everything” in going after the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the videos.
“I absolutely do believe that they have violated laws in terms of how they secured these videos,” she said in an interview at the group’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “But the fraud is also in how they have presented them and in the editing.”
“We are considering everything,” she said. “I’m not a lawyer — but everything is on the table when you look at these videos and the fraud and the conspiracy behind it.”
I assume by “considering everything,” Laguens is including a court order to stop the release of any more video.
I’m not sure it is in Planned Parenthood’s best interests to basically attempt to censor video, whether by halting the release or punishing people for what has already been released.
If Planned Parenthood engages in a court case to stop the release of video or to punish the Center for Medical Progress for the videos they have made, that will be a newsworthy story.
More news stories about the videos will mean that more people will learn about the videos. That is the last thing that Planned Parenthood wants to happen.
Furthermore, while StemExpress got a judge to temporarily order that some videos not be released to the public, that judge has ended the Temporary Restraining Order according to Live Action News.
So I don’t think it is going to work well for Planned Parenthood to try to stop more videos or punish the video maker.
By the way, here is a sample of the dialogue that StemExpress did not want you to witness. This one involves Cate Dyer, the CEO of Stem Express, talking to someone she thinks is a buyer:
SE: As you probably know, one of the issues with neural tissue, it’s so fragile. It’s insanely fragile. And I don’t even know—I was gonna say, I know we get requests for neural, it’s the hardest thing in the world to ship.
Buyer: You do it as the whole calvarium [head].
SE: Yeah, that’s the easiest way. And we’ve actually had good success with that.
Buyer: Make sure the eyes are closed!
SE: Yeah! [laughter] Tell the lab it’s coming!
SE: They’ll open the box, go, ”Oh God!” [laughter] So yeah, so many of the academic labs cannot fly like that, they’re not capable.
Buyer: Why is that? I don’t understand that.
SE: It’s almost like they don’t want to know where it comes from. I can see that. Where they’re like, “We need limbs, but no hands and feet need to be attached.” And you’re like, ? Or they want long bones, and they want you to take it all off, like, make it so that we don’t know what it is.
Buyer: Bone the chicken for me and then we’ll—
SE: That’s it.
Buyer: And then I’ll eat it, but.
SE: But we know what it is. I mean, [laughter], but their lab.
Buyer: But then it goes to that whole stigma.
SE: Oh yeah. And their lab techs freak out, and have meltdowns, and so it’s just like, yeah. I think, quite frankly, that’s why a lot of researchers ultimately, some of them want to get into other things. They want to look at bone marrow, they want to look at adipose- sort of adult human, kind of adult based sampling. They want to avoid publishing a paper that says it was derived from fetal tissue.
I can see why Planned Parenthood is upset about the videos. But the more headlines they create in a legal fight, the more people are likely to see them.