Los Angeles judge rules in favor of free speech for pro-life videographers

crime | Aug 22, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

On August 21, Judge Joanne O'Donnell of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the Center for Medical Progress has rights under the U.S. Constitution to distribute covert videos it produced during meeting with executives of StemExpress – a company that collects tissue from babies that have been killed by abortion that it purchased from Planned Parenthood. Minutes later, the Center for Medical Progress released yet another video of a conversation with a StemExpress executive. In this most recent case, StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer is seen joking over lunch about receiving intact dead babies from Planned Parenthood.
 
More videos are expected. This most recent video consists mostly of excerpts from previous videos. The new material in the video consists of a luncheon meeting with StemExpress CEO Dyer in which she jokes about receiving fully intact baby cadavers from Planned Parenthood. Dyer is seen chortling that shippers of the aborted babies should give a warning to lab workers to expect such a whole (intact) baby. “Oh yeah, if you have intact cases — which we’ve done a lot — we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” said Dyer. “Tell the lab its coming,” she laughs about the babies. “They don’t want to open the box and go ‘Oh my God!'” Dyer said.
 
 
Executives at StemExpress realized, once CMP began releasing the videos, that a luncheon they had in May of this year was a likely sting. StemExpress thus sued to block the videos preemptively and prevent viewing. At the end of July, Judge O'Donnell issued a restraining order barring CMP from releasing any videos showing current or former Stem Express employees,  but then rescinded her own order on August 21.
 
However, StemExpress may still prevail in a lawsuit against CMP, alleging that its privacy was violated. Even so, in the wake of investigations by the U.S. Congress and various state governments, StemExpess announced earlier in the week that is cutting all ties with Planned Parenthood, but denied any wrongdoing. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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