Saint of the Day for February 23: St. Polycarp (c. 69 – c. 155)February 23, 2019
Recovering from Cultural Dementia, by Anthony EsolenFebruary 23, 2019
By Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue, Feb. 22, 2019
February 22, 2019 (Operation Rescue) — In July 2015, a previously unknown group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) launched a series of powerful undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives engaging in extraordinary — and unguarded — discussions about the sale of tissues and organs obtained from aborted babies.
Those videos shocked the nation, prompting a national debate on the morality of profiteering from an underground market in human body parts, the grisly methods involved in aborting babies in the later terms of pregnancy, and why Planned Parenthood continues to receive over a half-billion in federal tax money each year.
Now, three and a half years later, much of the leadership team of Planned Parenthood has since resigned and many of the abortionists who appeared in the CMP videos have left Planned Parenthood.
“Pretty much everyone who had anything to do with the trafficking of aborted babies is gone from Planned Parenthood, including their CEO Cecile Richards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue who also served as a founding board member for the CMP while the undercover investigation took place. “This isn’t something that happened right after the videos came out. Planned Parenthood wields a great deal of political power, which probably helped them think they could withstand the negative press, but now that it is clear that some of that shielding influence is waning. Resignations are still taking place.”
Newman suspects that many of the departures may be related to an ongoing FBI investigation. In December 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives both referred the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and six regional affiliates to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution for the illegal sale of aborted baby parts and other federal crimes.
“I believe they are running from prosecution,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood has been in a panic since the first video came out. The best defense is a good offense, and that is why they are suing me and other CMP members in Federal Court.”
But it wasn’t until nearly nine months after newly-elected President Donald J. Trump’s new Attorney General Jeff Sessions assumed control of the Department of Justice, that investigations appeared to show signs life.
Even then, there is information from highly placed sources that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have provided cover for Planned Parenthood, delaying the investigation. It is no coincidence that many resignations took place after the firing of McCabe in January 2018.
McCabe and Rosenstein had an interest in killing the Planned Parenthood investigation. Apart from a willingness to cover up wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, any investigation into the abortion giant would have exposed as fraudulent one of their primary sources in their investigation of Trump.
Fusion GPS was a shadowy political dirty tricks group, which had no expertise in forensic video analysis. It was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2015 to produce a report on the CMP videos that would declare the videos “deceptively edited” fakes.
A legitimate forensic analysis done by Coalfire Systems, Inc., which actually does have expertise in forensic video analysis, determined that the videos were authentic and were not altered for content.
Fusion GPS was later hired by the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign to produce a fake dossier that implicated then-candidate Donald J. Trump in a scheme to collude with Russia. That report was never verified and remains unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, McCabe and Rosenstein misrepresented the Fusion GPS fake dossier to a FISC court as a legitimate source in order to obtain permission to spy on American citizens close to Trump.
An honest Planned Parenthood investigation could have discredited Fusion GPS and its manufactured phony reports. That could have derailed the investigation into President Trump that was being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and may have led to the exposure of the attempted coup to unseat Trump, a sitting duly elected president.
It’s no wonder that there has been no progress in the Planned Parenthood criminal investigation. However, now with the confirmation of Attorney General William Barr and the March departure of Rosenstein, that may change.
Any prosecution of Planned Parenthood for violations of federal law for baby parts trafficking for profit would surly aid the pro-life activists who are defending against two Federal lawsuits.
Currently, Newman and other CMP members, including David Daleiden, Albin Rhomberg, and Sandra Merritt, are locked in a legal battle with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, its partner in the baby parts scheme. The abortion corporations are fighting to block the release of an estimated 500 hours of undercover video and ultimately punish financially those who exposed their baby body parts business.
That case is now in the midst of the discovery phase.
“During the course of those lawsuits, we have seen irrefutable proof that Planned Parenthood sold aborted baby remains for profit. The evidence is indisputable,” Newman said. “Now that it’s time for depositions, where we get to question Planned Parenthood’s abortionists under oath, I have seen more news of additional resignations as of just a few days or weeks ago. They understand that anything they say in the civil case can be used against them in any future criminal case as well.”
Since Leana Wen took the helm at Planned Parenthood in November 2018, departures have stepped up as she continues to reorganize and replace her senior staff. This has left no place for some of Planned Parenthood’s executives that were involved in the organization during the CMP’s undercover investigation.
In fact, out of 21 executive and senior leaders mentioned in Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, published after Wen took her new position, 13 are new hires or promotions from within that were previously not included in Cecile Richards’s upper organizational echelons.
However, most of the departures from Planned Parenthood took place before Wen assumed control.
Resignations or disappearances of Planned Parenthood officials are not confined to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s leadership. Others include CEOs or other high-ranking leaders — including medical officers — of affiliates such as Planned Parenthood of Northern California, Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, which all had mentions in the CMP undercover videos.
“Everything is not going Planned Parenthood’s way. I predict now that some road blocks have been removed, the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged criminal acts will intensify,” said Newman. “And who knows what is yet to be learned through discovery in the Planned Parenthood and NAF suits against us?”
Newman, who is represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, is scheduled to be deposed by Planned Parenthood and NAF attorneys in San Francisco, California, on March 13, 2019.