David Daleiden: Planned Parenthood Claim That Videos Were Edited Is an 'Attempt to Distract'

By Susan Jones | January 22, 2016 | 10:27am EST
A screenshot from one of the undercover videos, shot by the Center for Medical Progress, showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the harvesting and price of aborted baby body parts.

(CNSNews.com) - David Daleiden, the man behind the undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials putting prices on the body parts of aborted babies, says it is "disingenuous" for Planned Parenthood to say that those videos were edited to mislead.

Daleiden noted that it's been six month since the Center for Medical Progress, which he founded, began releasing the first videos showing what goes on at the nation's largest abortion provider.

"And Planned Parenthood still has yet to tell us exactly how much money they have received from companies like Stem Express in exchange for harvesting fetal tissue; they have yet to explain why one of their chief medical officers was endorsing a Stem Express advertisement for financial benefits to the clinics for supplying the fetal tissue; and they have yet to explain why their senior director of medical services was talking about flipping a baby into a feet-first position on ultrasound in order to harvest more intact fetal organs.

"So I think that the talking point from Planned Parenthood that the tapes are edited, by which they mean to insinuate that they're doctored -- it's a really disingenuous talking point, and it's really an attempt to distract from what's on the tapes, because they can't deny what's there."

Daleiden said more videos are in production and will come out soon.

He also noted that although there have been no indictments or prosecutions as a result of his undercover investigation, "there certainly are ongoing state and federal and local criminal investigations, and we'll see what comes of those in the next year."

Asked about the personal impact of the professional path he's taken, Daleiden indicated that it's about right and wrong.

He said it might surprise people to know that he went to public schools in California: "We grew up learning about grave human rights injustices of the past -- slavery, the Holocaust, and also the brave people who fought against them -- the civil rights movement, abolitionist William Wilberforce and the Underground Railroad.

"And I just remember always thinking, wouldn't you want to be one of the people -- if you lived at a time like that, when something like that was going on -- wouldn't you want to be one of the people who stood up and said this is wrong, and said we don't treat people this way, and shouted it from the rooftops?

"And if you realized something like that was going on today, wouldn't you want to be one of those people who was different?"

Addressing a complaint that pro-life advocates care more about unborn babies than babies who are born into difficult or unfortunate circumstances, Daleiden said, "If we can't have compassion for and respect for and protect the smallest and most innocent children, then there's no way that we're going to be able to effectively take care of or have that same concern for those who are in...less than perfect situations...

"I think that compassion begins with the very smallest and with the ones who are so tiny that there's really nothing they can do to oppress us in any way. I mean, if we can't even have compassion for them, we're not going to have compassion for bigger people."

Daleiden, a Catholic, said he himself is the child of a "crisis pregnancy."

"My parents got pregnant with me their senior year of college, gave birth to me their senior year, and they got married after graduation; And there were people who said that I should be aborted. And I'm here today because their voices didn't win the day.

"So I think that at the end of the day, abortion-- it's not totally correct to say that's just a women's issue, because ultimately this is a human issue."

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