Investigator David Daleiden explains to the Register how his team of citizen journalists is exposing the abortion provider’s controversial conduct.
With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest.
For 30 months, as part of their “Human Capital” investigation, they followed the trail that led to aborted babies whose parts are earmarked for sale, even while their little hearts are still beating.
“It is a paradox that we can’t have laws that recognize unborn babies as human, and yet, it is their very humanness that makes them valuable for experimentation,” Daleiden said in an interview last week with the Register.
“It is as if they [the biotech companies] are going on a treasure hunt for the heads or hearts of babies, but how much more valuable would those heads and hearts be if they were allowed to grow up and be a part of society?”
As leader of the project, Daleiden schmoozed and lunched with people at the top of Planned Parenthood — abortionists, administrators and directors. Acting as if he wanted to procure the valuable parts of aborted babies, Daleiden secretly videotaped the perpetrators so they would be admitting their own guilt in front of what certainly would be a shocked public.
It was mission accomplished on July 14, when Daleiden released the first of a dozen videos. In just a few days, more than 2 million people had viewed the video, and five investigations were opened: three congressional and two state. And this week, his organization released a second videothat has further intensified the public questioning of Planned Parenthood’s fetal-tissue policies and calls for defunding and more investigations.
But Planned Parenthoods’ callous disregard for the bodies of innocent babies should have surprised no one, according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.
“No one should be shocked by this video,” Archbishop Chaput said in a statement for the Register. “This is who Planned Parenthood is and what it does. It’s been part of the organization’s gene code from the start. The logic of its disdain for new life is just working itself out. And it won’t stop until the money and the media adulation are cut off.”
Caught Off Guard
Perhaps no one was caught off guard last week more than Planned Parenthood’s leaders, who thought Daleiden was one of their supporters.
“Off hand, I don’t even know how many people we talked with,” he said. “It was dozens. But no one ever suspected anything. I’m sure they got the surprise of their careers the morning they woke up and saw the video.”
The day after the first video was released, Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, released a statement apologizing for Dr. Deborah Nucatola’s “tone” in discussing fetal-tissue procurement during abortions, but denied that they profit from tissue donation.
By the following Monday, Planned Parenthood’s lawyer issued a five-page letter to the investigating House Energy and Commerce Committee accusing Daleiden of many things, including harassing Planned Parenthood and likely deceptively editing the videos. The letter complains that Daleiden passed as a representative of the fake company Biomax Procurement Services; and that as part of the ruse, he had even set up displays at Planned Parenthood conferences.
But not everything was an act. Daleiden said he truly considered Nucatola a friend. She is the senior director of medical services, who, in the first video, is seen sipping wine and munching on salad in between chatting about harvesting babies’ organs — even casually mentioning she “did a 17-weeker just this morning.”
“Everyone on the investigative team who worked with Dr. Nucatola really liked her; she was always very personable,” Daleiden said, and then paused a moment. “I hope she decides to get out and stop doing abortions.”
Daleiden, who is Catholic, said he prays for the abortion providers he met during the project.
But Daleiden was clearly not there to make friends. “We need to hold Planned Parenthood responsible for their atrocities against humanity,” he said. “These videos are to inform and activate the public about what is going on right under our noses — with taxpayer dollars.”
And CMP has only just begun. There will be around a dozen more shocking videos in all, including the latest, where a Planned Parenthood executive jokes about pricing baby parts and says, “I want a Lamborghini.”
“We didn’t want this to be a flash in the pan and then forgotten,” Daleiden said.
The tentative schedule is to release one a week. Despite accusations that the first video was heavily edited, the full two-hour unedited version was released at the same time as the summary video. It will be the same with each one to follow.
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SOURCE: National Catholic Register