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Pro-life activist works to lift gag order on new videos about organ harvesting in abortion industry
Pro-life activist David Daleiden, shown here in a 2016 file photo, is working with his attorneys to have a gag order lifted so he can release investigative video reports about organ harvesting in the abortion industry. (Photo by Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

Pro-life activist works to lift gag order on new videos about organ harvesting in abortion industry

Pro-life activist and Planned Parenthood investigator David Daleiden is fighting to release footage of his most explosive information about the organ harvesting trade in the abortion industry.

What happened?

Daleiden’s attorneys have filed motions to lift a gag order on the information, the Washington Free Beacon reported. He has 12 additional undercover videos that allegedly show senior Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers openly talking about how they make money from harvesting organs of aborted babies.

Starting in 2015, Daleiden began releasing videos about the abortion industry. His work led to several state and federal investigations on the organ harvesting trade, along with fierce backlash from abortion providers. He obtained the video footage by concealing his identity and going undercover as an organ procurer at a National Abortion Federation conference. In response, the organization filed with a federal lawsuit and obtained a court order blocking the release of additional footage.

Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, hopes to have the gag order lifted so his non-profit group can publish the rest of its material.

The new material "includes some of the most damning and incriminating footage we ever recorded,” he told media. Daleiden said the most explosive information was saved for last so the public could first be educating on the practice of organ harvesting in the U.S.

"We're pressing for the entire thing to be dismissed," he reportedly said during  a recent telephone conference with reporters. "You could expect a solid dozen more videos really in the same vein as the original undercover [material].… This gag order should be dissolved in October, and we should be able to release the tapes at that time."

The NAF initially filed an 11-part complaint against Daleiden, but it has since dropped 7 of the claims, the Free Beacon reported. The Supreme Court declined to review the gag order in April.

The withdrawal of parts of the lawsuit shows “…that the original justifications for that gag order don't stand," Daleiden said.

In August 2017 Daleiden and his lawyers were found in contempt and fined $200,000 for releasing a video that showed a Planned Parenthood executive telling NAF attendees that abortion is "killing." YouTube and other video-sharing sites later deleted the video.

Who started a criminal investigation?

Daleiden is facing criminal charges from the state of California because of his recordings and his use of a fake name on his credentials. The charges followed an investigation by former attorney general and current senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Daleiden attorney Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society said he believes the case will be dismissed. A Texas judge did the same with similar charges in 2016, he said.

"This is the first and only time in history a California attorney general has prosecuted an undercover journalist for taping," Breen stated in the report.

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