When David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, launched his now-famous investigation of potential organ trafficking at Planned Parenthood, he had to know that his work would place him within the Left’s crosshairs. Planned Parenthood, after all, isn’t merely the nation’s largest abortion provider, it’s the centerpiece of the Left’s efforts to normalize the killing of unborn children as merely one aspect of “reproductive health care.” It receives hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding, President Obama has asked God’s blessings on the organization, and his administration defends it so fiercely that he once pledged to shut down the government rather than permit Congress to cut its public subsidies.
Daleiden’s secret videos, recorded with the aid of other Center for Medical Progress employees, showed Planned Parenthood officials willing — even eager — to discuss exchanging fetal remains for money, even to the point of potentially altering the method of abortion to preserve the desired organs. Planned Parenthood denied that the videos showed an intention to engage in illegal conduct. They were merely asking for cost reimbursements in exchange for tissue donations, they claimed. But the language they used, and which Daleiden’s team caught on tape, clearly indicated otherwise. One does not purchase a “Lamborghini” (to quote one Planned Parenthood employee) with mere “cost reimbursements.”
And while there is no investigative-reporting exception to criminal statutes (though a reporter’s purpose can be relevant in establishing whether there is the necessary criminal intent), one can’t help but notice the double standard. NBC’s David Gregory once waved an illegal high-capacity magazine at the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre during a contentious interview on Meet the Press. Gregory wasn’t prosecuted, even though District of Columbia police explicitly warned his news editor prior to the program that possessing the magazine was illegal under D.C. law; the police recommended showing a photograph instead. The prosecutor simply exercised his “prosecutorial discretion” to let Gregory off, scot-free, although Gregory had intentionally and knowingly defied the law. But there Gregory was taking on the NRA, the Left’s favorite bogeyman. Here, Daleiden had the misfortune of confronting the corporate heroes of the sexual revolution.
Daleiden now faces up to 20 years in prison while Planned Parenthood is celebrated for vigorously defending its core business: the mass-scale killing of innocent human beings. No American is exempt from the law, but the notion that the law itself protects killing in the womb is the greatest injustice of all.