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Media undercover vid not scrutinized because it didn’t expose Planned Parenthood

Posted in Center for Medical Progress, Media Bias with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

Despite media outrage on how the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) used undercover tactics to expose the way Planned Parenthood was selling aborted baby body parts, a journalist with a leading media outlet has used their own form of undercover videos to expose the “fundraising tactics of members of Congress” with little criticism. The piece published in April by 60 Minutes and anchored by correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been given a pass from the same media that slammed CMP for their secretly taped footage of high ranking Planned Parenthood officials bartering over the price of various body parts of children they had aborted.

Nora ODonnell 60 Minutes 2

In her 60 Minutes report, O’Donnell appears to be motivated by what she believes was a waste of taxpayer money and time after learning how members of Congress were allegedly pressured to spend 30 hours a week inside “call centers” to bring in funds for party leaders. O’Donnell and the 60 Minutes team set out to investigate the accusation. But, there was a snag in their plan, because the call centers were off limits to the public and their initial attempt to gain access was abruptly turned down.

From 60 Minutes:

    Unable to find pictures or footage from inside the call centers, 60 Minutes asked to film in them, but the team was turned down. They decided to film inside one anyway. “If lawmakers who are paid by the American taxpayers are spending a majority of their time raising money on the phone, I think it’s an important part of our story to see what those offices look like and take our viewers behind the scenes, in this case, with a hidden camera,” O’Donnell says.

60 Minutes producer Pat Shevlin admitted on camera that they asked if they could go inside and shoot but were told “no.” She called the eventual decision to film undercover “justified” in this case, “We were pretty scrupulous about it. Everyone is worried about hidden camera. I mean it’s not something you take lightly when you do it,” she said bragging that the 60 Minutes team has a number of ways to “hide cameras.”

In all fairness to 60 Minutes, producer Shevlin claimed they could “never lie about who we are or why we are someplace” in order to conduct an undercover investigation. “If challenged you cannot give a false reason why you are there,” she added. As if hidden cameras after they were forbidden from access to the center is somehow truthful, but, we should take them at their word, right? Perhaps or perhaps not. Maybe instead, we could demand that 100% of the video footage the media outlet took be made public (like was demanded of CMP) so we can hear what was said for ourselves. Then it can be analyzed to determine if in fact, the footage is “unedited.” Perhaps local authorities could raid O’Donnell’s home, like has been done to CMP’s lead investigator David Daleiden in the chance that there was something untruthful or illegal on the way the media news magazine obtained their footage.

Now, I am not seeking to debate the topic exposed by 60 Minutes in their piece, but to show the complete hypocrisy the media has over the use of deceptive tactics by journalists when they expose Planned Parenthood instead of a Republican “call center” of sorts. And, I am not the only one to observe this hypocrisy. Leah Jessen over at the Daily Signal saw the contradiction in February when she contrasted the use of hidden cameras and deception between CMP with a 60 Minutes piece by correspondent Steven Kroft, writing:

    Its investigation was designed to raise red flags for the lawyers by revealing an intent to move questionable funds in the United States through purchases and other ways that would be concealed from law enforcement, Global Witness officials told Kroft.

    Of 16 lawyers secretly recorded by the undercover investigator, only one outright declined to participate. The others suggested ways to help move the funds without compromising the true source, Kroft reported.

    It was a familiar scenario. Only so far no one appears to be calling for Global Witness to be punished for surreptitiously trying to expose unethical or illegal activity.

Screen grab of Salon Magazine says David Daleiden is not a journalist while running donate adds for Planned Parenthood

Screen grab of Salon Magazine says David Daleiden is not a journalist while running donate adds for Planned Parenthood

Last year, in a piece I penned for Live Action News, I published examples on the use of undercover video and hidden cameras used by journalists dating back years. And, I am not alone in my observations either. A 1996 editorial written by, Richard Harwood in the Star News described plenty of deceptive tactics used by journalists and detailed several by CBS, writing, “Leslie Stahl dons a black wig and poses as a prospective client to expose the practices of a Romanian adoption agency. Ed Bradley goes to China posing as a businessman in order to expose the abuse of prison labor. A sound man poses as a cancer patient to infiltrate a cancer clinic in California.”

CBS is not the only culprit in the use of deception to expose the greater good. NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” on Dateline raised concern of ethics after they in essence entrapped child sex predators to show up at the alleged home of children after they were enticed by fake online profiles. Other media giants are not innocent to deceptive tactics either. Bob Steele, of the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values criticized the way ABC used deceptive tactics to expose a grocery store chain for allegedly selling spoiled meat, writing:

    Hidden cameras and any form of deception should be used judiciously and rarely. They should be reserved for those exceptional stories of great public interest involving great harm to individuals or system failure at the highest levels. Furthermore, deception and hidden cameras should be used only as a reporting tool of last resort, after all other approaches to obtaining the same vital information have been exhausted or appropriately ruled out. And, news organizations that choose to use deception and hidden cameras have an obligation to assure their work meets the highest professional standards.

It was a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against ABC in the above case that caused many within the media to scale back their use of deception. But, that did not stop Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine Ken Silverstein, who described his reasons for his use of deception in a Los Angelas Times editorial:

    “Yes, undercover reporting should be used sparingly, and there are legitimate arguments to be had about when it is fair or appropriate. But I’m confident my use of it in this case was legitimate. There was a significant public interest involved…”

Journalist Code of Ethics Seek Truth

Whether the end justifies the means or not, the truth is that when it comes to exposing Planned Parenthood, the main steam media regularly turns a blind eye to any unethical or illegal accusation against the abortion giant chain. While Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion in tax payer monies annually the media conveniently fails to question anything they do forcing citizen journalists like Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress among others to conduct the hard work of investigating for them. In all their talk about ethics in journalism, the media has forgotten the number one ethic: Seek Truth and Report It.

Michigan abortion clinic investigation result of pro-life dirt-digger complaint

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortionist, Michigan Abortion clinic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by saynsumthn

A Michigan Attorney General lawsuit recently filed to shut down a Detroit abortion clinic for illegally operating can be credited to the hard work of a persistent pro-life activist. Abortion clinics in the state of Michigan are under the watchful eye of Lynn Mills who is using unusual tactics to close them down. Mills has been researching the abortion industry in her state for many years. She spends hours combing through documents connected to either an abortion clinic or the doctor or owner of the facility. Her dirt-digging skills have been credited with the revocation of the licenses of abortion doctors as well as the closure of abortion clinics.

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Recently Mills discovered that Summit Women’s Center of Detroit which performs abortions up to 24 weeks, did not have a licensed physician listed on their corporate filings in violation of state law. As a result, the state has moved to not only dissolve the clinic as a corporation but to enjoin the officers from operating a medical facility in the state ever again.


At one time, the abortion clinic chain founded by the Lipton family in 1973, had six locations in 5 states:Connecticut, Michigan, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin. A few years ago the abortion clinic in Wisconsin closed. Eventually the two Connecticut facilities closed along with the Las Vegas center, leaving the Detroit, Michigan and Georgia centers remaining.

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In 2013, Mills said she was looking at the Summit website where it stated that their physicians were all OBGYN board certified. Mills was familiar with most of the abortionists and she knew that the statement was false. After the discovery, a complaint was filed with the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for false advertising. Shortly thereafter Mills rechecked the clinic’s website and noted that it had changed, now stating:

    Most of our Physicians are board-certified obstetrician / gynecologists. Some of our medical personnel are licensed with extensive backgrounds in reproductive health services.

Summit Medical Center website

Summit Medical Center website

“When they are caught in a lie, we have to speak out
,” Mills said, noting that this incident was pointed out in the current complaint.

According to the complaint filed by the Michigan State Attorney’s Office and provided to Saynsumthn, David Lipton, is listed as Summit’s president, secretary, treasurer, while Anise Burrell was listed as the administrator and contact. But, Mills points out that after the state passed stricter abortion laws, requiring abortion clinics be licensed and inspected, Summit’s corporate filings no longer only listed Lipton as an officer but now included long-time abortionist Alex Pickens Jr. MD. Pickens JR was listed on the corporate filings as far back as 2011.

Summitt 2011 Pickens

Mills later discovered that in the most recent filings, Pickens was no longer listed on the corporate filings prompting her to file a complaint with the state’s Attorney General in December of 2015. In that document, provided to Live Action News, Mills points out that by 2015 David Lipton was the only officer listed in the corporate filings, and no physician was listed as an officer of the abortion clinic chain.

David Lipton officer Summit abortion

Mills pointed out in her complaint with the Attorney General that the corporation’s purpose had changed from “practice of medicine doctor” to “management company” despite the Summit’s records stating that “each shareholder is a licensed person in 1 or more of the professional services provided by the professional corporation.” Mills saw immediately that this was false, since David Lipton was NOT licensed, writing, “there is no Licensed medical doctor as part of its 2015 filing which is required by Michigan state law.”

Michigan statutes state: “A professional corporation shall not engage in any business other than providing the professional service or services for which it was specifically incorporated.”

    “We saw that the corporation papers were not in order and Pickens the abortionist had not signed anything for years.”

Bill Shuette, the State’s Attorney General appears to note the work of Mills in his complaint. According to that complaint, Shutte’s office reviewed Summit’s incorporation in 2011 through its annual report of 2014, noting that Summit P.C.’s sole officer and director was Alex Pickens, Jr., MD, a licensed physician; but on May 11, 2015, the AG’s complaint states that David Lipton filed the 2015 annual report with LARA certifying that he was Summit P.C.’s president, secretary, treasurer, director, and sole shareholder, but no physician was listed as required by law.

Pickens Bankruptcy

Additionally, the complaint alleged that Alex Pickens, Jr., MD had filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and failed to list Summit P.C. as an asset or entity. That bankruptcy document was included in Mill’s original complaint to the AG. The petition required Pickens to disclose “all businesses in which [he] was an officer, director, partner, or managing executive . . . within six years” of commencing the bankruptcy. Pickens disclosed three businesses: one professional corporation, one business corporation, and one nonprofit corporation. But failed to disclose Summit.

Pickens Bankruptcy

The AG’s complaint states:

    Pickens’s failure to disclose his ownership of Summit P.C. to the bankruptcy court, and the subsequent filing of ownership by David Lipton, suggests that Alex Pickens, Jr., MD may never have been the true owner of Summit P.C. and that Summit P.C. was organized through fraud and repeatedly and willfully exceeded its authority.

The Attorney General’s complaint alleges that David Lipton, who is listed on Summit P.C.’s 2015 annual report as its sole officer, director, and shareholder, is not a “licensed person” under the law.

    Therefore, Defendant Lipton’s role as sole shareholder of Summit P.C. violates state law. Likewise, the transfer of ownership from Alex Pickens, Jr., MD to Lipton also violates state law.

The complaint states that the “remedy is dissolution” and that “the failure of a professional corporation to ensure that its shareholders are legally qualified to provided professional services “is grounds for the forfeiture of its articles of incorporation and its dissolution,” which may be brought by the Attorney General.

It also states that the state wants to enjoin all employees of Summit from providing medical services unless they comply with state law:

    The AG Seeks to preliminarily enjoin Defendants David Lipton and Anise Burrell from incorporating, organizing, or doing business in the State of Michigan as an owner, officer, or employee of any other corporation or entity for the purpose of offering or providing medical services to the public, practicing medicine, or contracting to have medical services performed for such corporation or entity, unless and until they obtain the requisite licenses and otherwise complies with Michigan law. [MCL 600.3601]

According to Mills, since the AG filed their complaint and just days prior to the publication of this report, Mills said she pulled Summit’s corporate filings again and noticed that Pickens is now listed as the Medical Director. This comes after, the attorney general cited the clinic for failing to comply with the law. And, Mills states, Pickens has also amended his bankruptcy papers to claim he owned shares in the Summit. But, Mills points out these changes only point out the need to investigate the abortion clinic’s corporate filings further and, she says, anyone can do this. Her vigilance may cause the collapse of another abortion clinic and Mills said she will not stop researching these places until each one is closed permanently.

Medical waste company fined for disposal of out-of-state aborted babies

Posted in Disposal of Fetal remains, Fetal Tissue, Planned Parenthood Fetal Disposal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2016 by saynsumthn

An Indiana news station has discovered that aborted babies are being shipped from out of state to an Indianapolis medical waste facility in violation of a state permit.

Medassure fetal aborted babies

Rafael Sanchez, a reporter with Indiana ABC affiliate RTV-6 said that the Indianapolis medical waste company MedAssure will be fined by the state after receiving aborted babies from an out-of-state Planned Parenthood clinic.

The information stemmed from a report filed by the Attorney General of Missouri on the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St Louis. The report details 317 abortion performed by Planned Parenthood in June of 2015, many raging from 13 – 20 weeks gestation. The report also showed that Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of St Louis Region paid Pathology Services in Brentwood, Mo. over $4000.00 for the disposal of medical waste. The company has since been the focus of protests by pro-life activists.

Planned Parenthoof Paid Pathology

According to the document, the AG’s report also revealed that the Indianapolis MedAssure was receiving Planned Parenthood’s aborted babies.

Sanchez explains:

    Documents point to Pathology Services Incorporated of Missouri and MedAssure of Indianapolis.

    Medassure fetal aborted babies 2

    “Under their 2012 state permit, MedAssure can handle and treat medical waste and transport the waste to a final disposal facility. It can’t handle or process fetal remains.

A spokesperson for Indiana Department of Environmental Management told LifeSiteNews that they have levied a fine of $9,000 against MedAssure for violating its contract with the state.

“The company was not permitted to receive this waste, was specifically asked to not receive this waste” in the contract, explained the spokesperson, who also said that MedAssure has been “incredibly cooperative with us and agreed to resolve” the issues “quickly,” LifeSite News reported.

MedAssure’s Executive Vice President, Joseph Delloiacovo released the following statement to RTV-6, stating that MedAssure:

    Is fully aware of its permit conditions and fetal remains cannot be processed at our facility. Our policy prohibits taking such waste.

    It should also be understood that the generator is responsible for segregating waste items before packaging the waste for pick-up by MedAssure according to federal and states law and other provisions under contract.

The controversy over where abortion clinics can ship medical waste has been an issue for years following the discovery of medical waste companies like SteriCycle discarding of fetal remains. The issue was raised at a recent National Abortion Federation Conference where undercover journalists from the Center for Medical Progress recorded a Michigan abortion clinic owner joking that she wanted to take aborted babies from her clinic into a field and burn them because she lacked places to dispose of them. In addition, Renee Chelian, owner of the Michigan abortion facility chain, Northland Family Planning, suggested to her audience that the disposal problem belongs to the women who pay her to abort their babies.

As Live Action News previously reported, Chelian, who worked with Stericycle, said she was overwhelmed with the remains of baby parts stockpiling in her facility freezers. For five months, Chelian described how aborted babies were packed in freezers, and she had to find a way to discard of them. No company seemed willing —at first— to help her staff dispose of the remains. She told the members at the 2014 National Abortion Federation conference that her clinics could perhaps buy a plot in Detroit for incinerators and if all else failed, the garbage disposal was also an option:

    Nobody wants to talk about dead bodies. Um, and nobody but me. I’m just saying. There was a point when Stericycle fired us that I had 5 months worth of fetal tissue in my freezers. We were renting freezers to put them in.

    It was all I thought about, was fetal tissue. Like, I was so consumed with fetal tissue, I was ready to drive to upper Michigan and have a bonfire. And I was just trying to figure out, you know, how I wouldn’t get stopped. Or, you know, how far into the woods would I have to go to have this fire that nobody was going to see me… I mean it was the worst, I dreamed about how to dispose of fetal tissue. And the garbage disposal was an option…”

After the Missouri investigation of Planned Parenthood revealed their association with the Brentwood Pathological company, St Louis Today reported that Mike Hoey, Missouri Catholic Conference executive director, sent a letter to Pathology Services Inc. saying its “lab workers are part of the assembly line of the abortion industry.”

    “By agreeing, in advance, to take the human remains of these children aborted while in utero, you are facilitating this taking of innocent human life,” Hoey wrote. “Knowing this, your only moral recourse is to say “NO, we will no longer cooperate, we will no longer help kill unborn babies.”

Marc Tuttle, spokesperson for Right to Life of Indianapolis noted that the investigation by RTV-6 is shedding light on fetal disposal in Indiana just as the state legislature is considering new legislation that would require humane disposal of all babies killed through abortion.

House Bill 1337 passed the Indiana House last week and was recommended to the Senate where it is currently under consideration.

AG files complaint against abortion doc charging negligence and failing to protect patient’s personal information

Posted in Aborted Baby Trash, Abortionist Under Investigation with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2015 by saynsumthn

Michael Roth

An abortion doctor who stored dozens of jars containing “products of conception” (a term used for aborted babies) is the subject of a Michigan Attorney General Office complaint charging him negligence and failing to protect patient’s personal information. Dr. Michael Authur Roth a long time circuit-riding abortion provider in the state made headlines earlier this fall after police found 14 containers identified at the time as “human tissue” and as well as controlled substances in his car after it was involved in a traffic incident.

The administrative complaint, filed with state Board of Medicine’s department of licensing and regulatory affairs for possible disciplinary action and obtained by Live Action News from pro-life advocate Lynn Mills, details the abortion doctor’s sordid past. In the factual allegations, the document states that Roth was disciplined by the state medical board in 2004 following a complaint that he performed an abortion out of a patient’s home. Another issue came before the Board in 2012 over a complication from a procedure resulting in a fine.

Roth abortion home complaint

The Attorney General has accused Roth with being in possession of controlled substances without lawful authority. According to the AG’s complaint, when police searched Roth’s car they discovered 6 prescription bottles containing an antibiotic prescribed by another medical doctor with the initials AO for several patients as well as large amounts of the pain medicine Fentanyl and a partially used bottle of a drug used for anesthesia. In addition they found medication used for uterine bleeding.

In response to the complaint, Mills called the items found in Roth’s car, “a cocktail for abortion.” She told Live Action News that there are many unanswered questions surrounding this case, “Pro-lifers effectively got this abortionist evicted several times last year. So let’s say that he couldn’t find a place to rent that would allow him to do abortions? We know from his history that he has experience doing them in home settings. Could this have been an option he felt was viable?”

Mills said she suspects Roth was doing clandestine abortions, wondering where he was performing them, “Roth was driving around with what he needed the antibiotics, the anesthesia, the bleed control meds and pain meds. Where’s the bloody pads, the cannulas?” While authorities have not specified why Roth was in possession of the medications, Mills speculated a few possible scenarios such as his performing secret abortions on rich women or even on human trafficking victims in secret locations.

mICHAEL RoTH abortion fetus

In addition to the medications, the complaint states that police also found “Fifteen specimen jars containing the “products of conception” in the abortionist’s car. Less than a week later, upon searching Roth’s home, police found additional medications of Fentanyl and and 6 full glass vials of Methylergonovine Maleate (medication used for uterine bleeding). Police also discovered that the Fentanyl, which had expired a year earlier, belonged to another physician. In fact, several of the medications found in Roth’s possession were expired and bore the name of to another prescribing physician where Roth “provides coverage” according to the complaint.

The documents states that the license to dispense medications are “location specific” and that medications cannot be stored in places other than where the license allows. Further, state law requires that medications are to be stored in a locked cabinet or room and not in a person’s home or vehicle. The complaint accuses Roth of failing to protect patient’s personal information as well as disposing of “pathological waste” i.e. aborted babies pursuant to state statutes.

The AG accuses Roth of the following:

    Lack of Good Moral Character
    Possessing a controlled substance without lawful authority
    Betrayal of a Professional Confidence

Asministrative COmplaint Roth Abortion Fetus Car

The complaint requires that Roth has 30 days to submit a written response to the charges against him. And, if he cannot show that he is in compliance of all lawful requirements of retention of his license the AG has requested that formal proceedings be “commenced pursuant to the Public Health Code.”

(Images: screen grab from media reports )

State serves subpoenas on several Planned Parenthood centers

Posted in Planned Parenthood Medicaid Contract with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2015 by saynsumthn

Members of the Texas Office of the Inspector General made unannounced visits at Planned Parenthood centers in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, staying in some cases for several hours and giving Planned Parenthood 24 hours to deliver thousands of pages of documents stored at its facilities across the state, the organization told Reuters.

The Inspector General Office declined to comment, as did health officials. Inspector General agents were seen on local news reports entering a Planned Parenthood facility in San Antonio.

Carly Fiorina: Planned Parenthood targets the poor must be defunded

Posted in Carly Fiorina, Center for Medical Progress with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

Carly Fiorina is correct that from their foundation Planned Parenthood has targeted poor African American women. This accusation has also been said by Dr. Ben Carson, another GOP Presidential 2016 hopeful and the numbers are staggering.

Fiorina is outraged that videos from the Center for Medical Progress have shown Planned Parenthood employees callously describing how they manipulate abortion procedures to harvest the body parts of the babies they abort.

Recently an employee from a procurement company used by Planned Parenthood suggested that they do not even get consent before using the unborn babies for their grisly medial experiments.

While speaking from the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, Carly Fiorina called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded telling the crowd:

Carly Fiorina

    “When you can have employees who target poor communities who are pushing women into later term abortions so they can more successfully harvest body parts even though late term abortions are demonstrably bad for women. You can only be horrified when you see employees picking over a petri dish for body parts while they say, look it’s a baby. There is no excuse, Planned Parenthood must be defunded!”

    “And anyone who buys the Democrat argument that this is about women’s health, you need to look at all of the other facilities that provide women’s health services. You need to go look at the facts at how many mammograms they actually do.

    “You need to go look and understand the foundation of Planned Parenthood, which from it’s very inception targeted poor women, African American and Hispanic women. There are more African American lives aborted in New York City every year than are born alive, That ladies and gentlemen is not right!”

The Blaze is reporting that, following release of the CMP videos, the House Oversight Committee has penned a letter to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards requesting seven documents or pieces of information be handed over by next week.


    The letter, authored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), noted the series of recent undercover sting videos that purport to show the abortion provider engaging in the sale of aborted fetal parts.

    “Recently released videos implicate Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in potentially unlawful transactions involving fetal tissue,” the letter said. “In the videos, Planned Parenthood representatives discuss the demand for certain body parts, the manner in which patient consent is solicited, pricing considerations, and the methods by which doctors manipulate procedures to ensure that tissues remain intact.”

    It added, “The disturbing content of these videos raises questions as to whether federal funds are being used to finance the potentially illegal conduct described therein.”

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NAF’s Trojan Horse: suing pro-life group for something journalists and others have done for years

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Media Bias, National Abortion Federation, OP-Ed, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2015 by saynsumthn

It is difficult for the media which has been so admittedly pro-abortion to keep focus, so I will let them in on a little secret:

The recent lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) against a pro-life group exposing a gruesome baby parts operation is nothing more than a Trojan Horse of distraction.


By now we have all seen those undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showing Planned Parenthood’s horrific baby parts harvesting operation.

As a result, late last month San Francisco Judge William Orrick granted the National Abortion Federation a temporary restraining writing that NAF would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order.

NAF Lawsuit Troy Newman

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, asks that the Defendants be preliminarily and permanently enjoined from publishing or otherwise disclosing any recordings or confidential information from NAF annual meetings, publishing or otherwise disclosing the names or addresses of any NAF members that they learned at NAF annual meetings, and attempting to gain access to any future NAF meetings.

NAF meetings are one of the only places where abortion providers can come together to learn about the latest research and advances in their field, and network without fear of harassment or intimidation. Many of the attendees are high-profile targets of anti-abortion extremists,” NAF stated in the press release.


In their lawsuit, NAF claims that CMP created a “fake company” to expose the Planned Parenthood scheme, writing:

    Defendants The Center for Medical Progress (“CMP”), David Daleiden, Troy Newman and individuals acting in concert with them conspired to defraud and did defraud NAF by setting up a fake company (Defendant “Biomax Procurement Services”), which held itself out as a legitimate fetal tissue procurement organization. Daleiden and his cohorts pretended to be officers and employees of their fake company, Biomax Procurement Services. They assumed false identities, used fake driver’s licenses and approached NAF in order to gain access to its annual meetings. Using their fake names and identities, they signed agreements with NAF, agreements designed to protect NAF members from exactly the type of anti-abortion harassment that is the subject of this lawsuit…

Yet, this is just the sort of thing that whistle blowers and investigators do all the time as this 20/20 episode below proves:

As for the use of undercover video, we all know this tactic has been used by journalists for years.

This 20/20 investigation on “Repair Shop Fraud” where a reporter did not “use his real name” is just one example.

There are literally hundreds of these “investigations” out there.


The NAF lawsuit against the pro-life group also lists CMP’s use of video as a cause to censor their message further:

    In order to gain access to NAF’s annual meetings, they then signed agreements with NAF promising not to record video or audio tape, to only use information learned at NAF’s national meetings to enhance the quality and safety of services provided by NAF members, and not to disclose any information learned at NAF’s annual meetings to any third parties. All of these promises were false and fraudulent when they were made.

Undercover video and hidden cameras are used by the media all the time to produce reports and investigations.

Just one example is this CBS affiliate who went “undercover” inside several Los Angelas restaurants:

Lest you think the tactic of video in undercover investigations is only reserved for law enforcement or journalists, they are not.

In fact, several mission driven non-profits have used under cover investigations to make their case.

As one example, prominent on the Humane Society website is an undercover video exposing the mistreatment of pigs.

Humane Society Pigs

The non-profit praises the effort describing it this way:

    A video from an undercover investigation of a pig factory farm earned both a 2013 Webby People’s Voice Award and a Webby Winner Award. The video, called “Undercover at a Tyson Pig Supplier,” was shot in April 2012 at Wyoming Premium Farms, a pig factory farm in Wheatland, Wyo. that at the time of the investigation was supplying pigs to meat giant Tyson Foods. It shows workers kicking living piglets like soccer balls, swinging sick piglets in circles by their hind legs, striking mother pigs with their fists and repeatedly and forcefully kicking them as they resisted leaving their young. As a result of the exposé, five Wyoming Premium workers recently pleaded guilty to criminal animal cruelty.


Even the abortion rights group NARAL which supports Planned Parenthood’s baby parts operation used under cover tactics to sting what they referred to as “fake pregnancy centers”

Writing for RH Reality Blog, Nina Liss-Schultz, explained the process:

    NARAL Pro-Choice California sent women undercover over the past year to more than a quarter of the state’s 167 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), gathering information on the quality and kind of services offered by the anti-choice groups that run those facilities, in addition to the experience a person might have using a CPC as a resource during a pregnancy.

Katie STack abortion CPC prolife pregnancy

A report conducted by, Vice News revealed that a committed abortion advocate running a project whose sole purpose is to take down pro-life pregnancy centers, recorded conversations with pro-life counselors using hidden cameras.

The Crisis Project

Katie Stack, who founded The Crisis Project admitted to Vice News that she uses hidden cameras to film the counseling and admitted to using “fake pee” so the counselors would think she was pregnant.

Interestingly, NAF thanked Katie Stack for her work:

NAF Thanks Katie Stack

In October 2011, rather then condemn Stack’s undercover vids as “fake” she was published in the New York Times op-ed section for her critique of crisis pregnancy centers, “When I Needed Help, I Got Propaganda.”

David Daleiden Planned Parenthood Center for Medical Progress

Like CMP’s David Daleiden, Stack is also a young person in her twenties. However, because she was attacking the pro-life effort to help women, her undercover “investigation” was praised by the media.

But, as I have stated, the use of hidden cameras for undercover investigations is nothing new. A simple search on “Hidden Camera Investigations” on youtube will prove the tactic is universally used.


NAF also accused CMP investigator’s of using fake names….but…that is also a Trojan Horse when you understand that this tactic is used to expose any number of illegal or unethical actions.

As an aside, The Daily Caller once blogged about the use of fake names by reporters generally ( read here.)

French Journalist

When a French female journalist went undercover to find out why teens were flocking to ISIS by setting up a fake Facebook account and a fake name and persona, CBS praised the effort.

Feminist author Gloria Steinem also used the “undercover” “fake name” tactic to expose Playboy.

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In 1963, Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny to experience a bunny’s life in Hugh Hefner’s New York Playboy mansion.

She wrote about her experiences in Show Magazine in an article entitled, “A Bunny’s Tale.”

I’ve decided to call myself Marie Catherine Ochs,” Steinem writes in the story, adding, “I’ve spent the afternoon making up a background for Marie.


Aborted babies from CMP Planned Parenthood vid

Aborted babies from CMP Planned Parenthood vid

The NAF lawsuit against CMP complains that the cunning undercover investigators were able to “infiltrate” their “secret” meetings, writing:

    Defendants Daleiden, Newman, CMP, and others associated with the Enterprise, and were willing participants in it. Each had a common purpose and interest in the establishment and operations of the scheme. They also agreed to the manner in which the Enterprise would be conducted, i.e., as evidenced by Daleiden’s own statements, the creation of an admittedly fake company (Biomax Procurement Services) in order to infiltrate by false and fraudulent pretenses NAF’s annual meetings, and to infiltrate the offices and clinics of its constituent members, all for the purposes of portraying NAF and its constituent members in a false light, destroying their professional repuations, and placing NAF members in personal jeopardy. At all relevant times, Daleiden, CMP, Biomax and Newman were generally aware of each other’s conduct in furtherance of the scheme, and were knowing and willing participants in that conduct.

Yet infiltration is also a part of American investigations.

Stetson Kennedy, who wrote an exposé detailing his infiltration of the Klan called, “I Rode With the Ku Klux Klan,” was noted as a “folklorist and social crusader” by the New York Times upon his death.

After being rejected by the Army because of a bad back, he threw himself into unmasking the Ku Klux Klan as well as the Columbians, a Georgia neo-Nazi group. He was inspired in part by a tale told by an interview subject whose friend had been the victim of a racial murder in Key West,” the New York Times writes.

article-0-1DB51A2900000578-85_634x377Last year an international media outlet reported how a retired black police officer was able infiltrate a branch of the Klu Klux Klan in Colorado.

According to that Daily Mail report:

    Ron Stallworth was an investigator for the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1979 when he answered a newspaper ad placed by a new KKK group, who were looking for local members.

    Writing about the experience in a new book, Black Klansman, Stallworth explains how the hate group not only made him a member, but voted to make him the chapter’s leader after only one year.

    ‘So they took a vote, they took a unanimous vote and they wanted Ron Stallworth to become the leader of the Ku Klux Klan chapter because he was quote loyal and a dedicated Klansman,” Stallowrth told Salt Lake City’s ABC 4.

Gabney church os scientologyEarlier this year, Business Insider reported the way one filmmaker infiltrated the Church of Scientology, writing:

    Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) remembers how he reacted the first time he was offered the chance to do a film on the Church of Scientology.

    “I turned it down,” he told Business Insider…

    Gibney’s approach to secrecy came from his talks with Wright, who used similar methods when he interviewed former church members for his book. “I often used throw-away phones and encrypted email,” he said. “People were so frightened.”

The film was not condemned by the left and even premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Interestingly, after the Church of Scientology attempted to discredit his investigation Gibney responded, “They are playing a PR game with them to say, ‘Look at these evil people who are attacking us. Look how valiantly we are trying to defend our organization,‘” he said.

Sound familiar?

As much as the media is crying foul when CMP exposes Planned Parenthood, they remained relatively quiet when the left leaning PETA organization infiltrated a KFC supplier using those infamous undercover videos and posing as a worker for the chicken factory.

Peta infiltrates KFC

A look at NAF’s requirements for becoming a member reveals that the “infiltration” issue is more a culpability on their part than on CMP.

NAF Membership fees

The abortion lobby group promises members:

    Because NAF and our members have been the targets of anti-abortion activity, our application asks for references. Specifically, we ask for references from current NAF members or from other people or institutions known to us. If you have difficulty with this requirement, please call the NAF membership office at 202-667-5881.

Did NAF ask for references or did they allow the pro-life undercover operatives into their inner circle with no or little scrutiny? Whichever is the case, NAF’s first and foremost concern must be their own multi-million dollar pockets. If the CMP vids are released as they should be, the one who should be sued here by anyone who attended their conference is the National Abortion Federation in my view.


But, it’s not just their attendees that are a concern to NAF.

The organization which touts the highest standards for abortion care happens to have as their members the same Planned Parenthood centers now under investigation for possible illegal activity.

A breakdown of each Planned Parenthood exposed by CMP and their ties to NAF are listed below:

Dr GInde Planned ParenthoodThe first CMP video released featured the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Another shocking video showed Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains VP & Medical Director Savita Ginde discussing contract details for aborted baby pricing and how not to “get caught.”

Not only was the Denver affiliate of PPRM listed as a NAF Member but so were several others:

Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains NAF

planned-parenthood-video-crush-bIn Center for Medical Progress’ first video Dr. Deborah Nucatola head of Planned Parenthood’s medical services department bragged how she would crush above or crush below the desired unborn child’s organ to appease “buyers” of the fetal body parts.

Matry Gatter Planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood’s Medical Directors’ Council President Mary Gatter described on tape how she would modify the abortion procedure, performing a “Less Crunchy” technique to obtain more “whole specimens.” Gatter then joked about wanting a Lamborghini. In that second video, Gatter was also caught haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.

Both Gatter and Nucatola are referenced in NAF guidelines on abortion ( read here.)

Alter process intact fetal cadavers Planned ParenthoodThe fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.

And…the Houston Planned Parenthood abortion center is listed as a NAF member:

NAF Planned Parenthood Houston Baby parts

NAF, with all their talk about high standards, is spending far more time attacking the Center for Medical Progress than investigating the allegations of illegal activity by Planned Parenthood.

Although NAF supports the use of aborted babies for research they claim to require their members to obey all laws regarding their procurement as well as forbidding any monetary compensation, something Planned Parenthood is being accused of doing.

NAF Fetal Tissue donation

NAF says they support fetal tissue donation as long as Federal laws and regulations are observed and according to NAF:

    I.Informed consent for fetal tissue donation may not be obtained until after a patient has given full informed consent for the abortion.
    II.A woman’s decision to donate fetal tissue must be voluntary and uncoerced.Providers must not offer any financial or other incentives to the patient.
    III.Clinics and providers cannot financially gain from their participation in fetal tissue donation. Remuneration is limited to “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of fetal tissue” (NIH Revitalization Act of 1993).
    IV.Providers cannot change abortion procedures specifically to accommodate fetal tissue collection needs.

In NAF’s Fetal Tissue Donation Position Statement they state:

    NAF requires that all members adhere to the applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing fetal tissue donation…NAF strongly supports existing prohibitions against financial gain from fetal tissue donation.

The American Medical Association also states that no financial benefit should be granted to those who abort the child whose tissue is later donated for research.

It’s time to stop focusing on NAF’s Trojan Horse and start asking why the organization which allegedly creates guidelines and standards for the abortion industry isn’t saying more to condemn Planned Parenthood!

JewelsGreen2015bFormer abortion clinic worker turned ardent pro-life human rights advocate, Jewels Green wrote an interesting piece on this entire scam as well, where she points out that:

    NAF is suing under the Federal Civil RICO statute, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, and various state statutes.

    CMP’s attorneys will no doubt point out that damages for emotional distress or any personal injury claimed by NAF members are not cognizable under civil RICO. See, e.g., Grogan v. Platt, 835 F.2d 844, 846 (11th Cir. 1988); James v. Meow Media, Inc., 90 F. Supp.2d 798, 814 (W.D. Ky. 2000); Moore v. Eli Lilly & Co., 626 F. Supp. 365, 367 (D. Mass. 1986); City and County of San Fransisco v. Philip Morris, 957 F. Supp. 1130, 1138-39 (N.D. Cal. 1997).

    Similarly, “reputational injuries” from alleged defamation are not actionable under RICO. Santana v. Cook County Bd. of Review, 679 F.3d 614, 623 (7th Cir. 2012).

    But this doesn’t mean they won’t try, because…they’re doing it right now.

    This will be an interesting trial because any evidence of a civil conspiracy on CMP’s part will also be evidence of a criminal conspiracy on NAF’s part.


    NAF brought the fight, but it plays right into CMP’s hands.


    Because the basis for each of NAF’s assertions of fact and law is discoverable.

Should be interesting how this plays out!