The Center for Medical Progress — the group behind the release of four undercover videos that allegedly show Planned Parenthood top officials discussing the sale of aborted body parts — issued a statement Wednesday after a court barred the release of some new footage.
While the pro-life organization released a fourth undercover video this morning purporting to show P.P. officials suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences for selling aborted parts, the Los Angeles Superior Court in California ruled Tuesday that the Center for Medical Progress is prohibited from releasing separate footage taken at a restaurant in May of three top officials from StemExpress.
StemExpress is a group that provides human tissue to researchers and has a history of working with Planned Parenthood.
In a statement, the Center for Medical Progress blasted StemExpress and accused them of using “meritless litigation” to cover up an “illegal baby parts trade” and attempting to “suppress free speech.”
The organization also added that they “follow all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work.”
Here’s the full statement:
StemExpress, a for-profit company partnered with over 30 abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to harvest and sell aborted baby parts and provide a “financial benefit” to Planned Parenthood clinics, is attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public. They are not succeeding—their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending CMP’s opportunity to respond. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism.
According to Fox News, officials from a company that purchases baby parts from Planned Parenthood were granted a temporary restraining order against CMP, restricting them from releasing new undercover video.
The temporary restraining order issued Tuesday will remain in place until a hearing on August 19.
The Senate is expected to vote next week on a motion aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood.