UPDATE: The undercover videos were seemingly removed after the following story was published. Read more about why they’ve been taken offline.
Yet another undercover video featuring abortion doctors and Planned Parenthood medical directors getting candid about their profession has been released by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group that has taken aim at Planned Parenthood in recent years — and the footage is certainly shocking.
The heavily edited video — described in a statement from the Center for Medical Progress as a “trailer” offering a lens into additional undercover footage — features people sharing some unfiltered views and proclamations about pregnancy termination.
“The fetus is a tough little object,” Dr. Susan Robinson of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte said in the clip. “And taking it apart … on day one is very difficult.”
The complete context of Robinson’s remarks isn’t quite clear in the video. At another point, a separate doctor is heard joking, “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross.” The comment sparked laughter from the audience.
And a separate quote from Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine of Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast seemingly addresses how abortions are sometimes conducted.
“If I’m doing a procedure and I’m seeing that I’m in fear that it’s about to come to the umbilicus, I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two so it’s not PBA (partial birth abortion),” Schutt-Aine proclaims.
Live Action News has some background on the footage in question:
CMP investigators attended the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation (NAF) conventions, and the footage they took is the material NAF has been trying to suppress in court for over a year now. In 2015, NAF, along with Planned Parenthood, filed an injunction blocking the release of any videos, claiming that the footage was “illegally” obtained. The injunction was granted, and is currently being appealed.
The preview footage gives some hints as to why NAF wants to keep what goes on at the convention hidden from the public.
Watch the video below (caution: disturbing language and themes):
The video is gaining attention following California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s announcement of felony charges back in March against Center for Medical Progress founder David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, a woman who assisted in the initial undercover video series that sparked widespread protests against clinic chain Planned Parenthood.
The Center for Medical Progress announced on Thursday that former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brentford J. Ferreira are defending Daleiden in court.
Becerra said Daleiden and Merritt used fake identities and created a faux bio-research company, recording private conversations with numerous individuals affiliated with Planned Parenthood. He proclaimed that California won’t “tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
But Daleiden’s attorneys argue that the government’s case is based on politics and nothing more.
“Then-Attorney General, now U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, wielded unprecedented police power against a true American journalist while civil suits were already pending in Federal District Court concerning the same video-recordings,” Cooley said in a statement. “Public Records Act requests filed by [Steve Cooley and Associates] reveal the Attorney General’s real interest in this case is entirely political, meant to manipulate the law to do the bidding of their benefactors at Planned Parenthood.”
Ferreira argues that the videos were made in public locations and can’t possibly be considered “confidential,” with the attorneys dubbing the entire ordeal a “grossly politically motivated prosecution from the California Attorney General’s office.”
You can see video interviews at the center of the dispute here:
“The only difference between David’s conduct and that of undercover video journalists every day in the state of California is the fact that he recorded the political backers of the state’s top prosecutor,” Ferreira said.
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