October 24, 2019

Daleiden Trial: David Testifies that he "Held Fetal Organs" and Judges Redacts Image of Fetal Heart

David Daleiden
Credit: American Life League / Flickr
The ongoing prosecution of the Center for Medical Progress along with two undercover journalists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merrit, reached its eleventh day on Monday, October 21. The CMP and the undercover journalists have been sued by Planned Parenthood for recording supposedly private conversations which exposed the abortion industry's sale of human body parts.

Monday's session began with the prosecution asking to redact parts of the defense's evidence from the record. Judge William Orrick continued to show his bias by agreeing to some of these requests. The most notable of these, as pointed out by Sr. Counsel Peter Breen, was “a picture of a little fetal heart hooked up to a Langendorff machine.” This is significant because this machine can only be used with fetal hearts harvested from children who were born alive. Daleiden's knowledge of this shows his intent to expose violent activity, which is protected under a California privacy law for which he is accused of violating.

Additionally, there was a tense moment on the courtroom floor when prosecution called Daleiden to the stand to ask him if he “ever procured tissue prior to the time that you released the very first video in July of 2015,” to which he replied, “I -- I held human fetal organs in my hands.” The questioning was designed to show that the company CMP created to discuss fetal tissue procurement with abortion clinics wasn't in good faith, which is, of course, intentional and obvious. The line was purely intended to portray Daleiden in a negative light in front of the jury.

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