Planned Parenthood, StemExpress, and Violating Patient Privacy Laws: 3 Articles

Planned Parenthood Violates Patient Privacy Rights to Sell Fetal Tissue House Fetal Tissue Panel Evidence Shows StemExpress and Abortion Business Contractors Violated Federal Privacy Laws Congressional Panel Urges Obama Administration to Investigate Planned Parenthood and StemExpress   Planned Parenthood Violates Patient Privacy Rights to Sell Fetal Tissue Life Legal applauds the Select Congressional Panel investigating Planned Parenthood for filing a complaint against the abortion giant, citing “serious and systematic violations of the HIPAA privacy rule.” https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/letters/letters-hhs-regarding-hipaa-privacy-rule-and-irb-regulations The Panel requested a “swift and full investigation by the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services.” Complaints were also filed against StemExpress, a broker of fetal specimens, and other abortion providers. Life Legal is representing David Daleiden in three separate lawsuits by StemExpress, the National Abortion Federation, and Planned Parenthood. The Select Congressional Panel was established after David Daleiden published a series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s role in the trafficking of baby body parts. https://energycommerce.house.gov/select-investigative-panel The Panel uncovered information showing that Planned Parenthood “committed systematic violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy rule from about 2010 to 2015.” Planned Parenthood businesses shared patient health information with StemExpress in order to provide specific types of fetal tissue for resale. Evidence gathered by the Panel showed that Planned Parenthood systematically shared patients’ medical charts with StemExpress employees. StemExpress then used the information, including the age of the patient, gestational age of the baby, health of the mother and the baby, to decide which patients to approach and obtain consent to harvest the fetal tissue. StemExpress employees had daily orders from researchers for...

2015: A Game-Changing Year that has Advanced the Cause of Life

Operation Rescue is wrapping up an eventful and productive year, culminating with the release of our annual survey of abortion centers that revealed the good news that the national trend of closing abortion centers strongly continues. “As the old saying goes, ‘with the blessing comes the blasting.’ That was so very true for Operation Rescue in 2015,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We made remarkable headway this year, but also endured some of the worst attacks we have seen in years, probably because we were on the cutting edge and in the headlines pushing back against the agenda of the Abortion Cartel.” The Center for Medical Progress changed the game over the summer by releasing several undercover video summaries that depicted Planned Parenthood personnel at the highest levels negotiating for the sale of aborted baby body parts with undercover CMP actors posing as representatives of a biologics company. Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, served on the Board of the CMP during the nearly three-year investigation. Because of his advisory role in the project, once the first videos were released, Newman, along with CMP head David Daleiden, was sued in Federal Court by the National Abortion Federation. The NAF is attempting to keep videos related to their role in the baby body parts scandal from being made public. That lawsuit is ongoing and continues to threaten free speech and free press rights in America. Despite the attacks (both legal and in the pro-abortion media) that Newman and Operation Rescue have endured from a panicked Abortion Cartel as backlash to this project, and Planned Parenthood’s aggressive public relations campaign...

Center for Medical Progress & Legal Counsel File Declaration and Opposition Brief to NAF Injunction Against Undercover Videos

Abortion Business Trying to Stop More Planned Parenthood Videos, Calls Pro-Lifers “Racketeers” It’s been since late October that the last shocking expose’ video was released exposing how Planned Parenthood and the remaining abortion industry are selling the body parts of aborted babies. Since then, the Senate has approved legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood… NAF, a trade group for abortion business is attempting to stop the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any more videos and fighting in court to squelch its free speech. In response to the attempt by the National Abortion Federation to censor additional videos, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life legal group, filed an opposition brief to NAF’s motion for preliminary injunction against David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. NAF is suing for an injunction to prevent Daleiden from releasing the recordings and information he obtained at the NAF meetings on the false grounds that he is a “racketeer” who “committed fraud,” “snuck into” their completely secure, private meetings, “stole” NAF information, and repelled them with his constant questions about buying fetal tissue from aborted babies. Life Legal’s opposition brief argues that, on the contrary, NAF welcomed Daleiden and the other investigators as dealers in body parts of aborted babies, that he conducted his investigation legally, and that the public has a right to know what Daleiden uncovered at the NAF meetings. Daleiden’s declaration, filed with the opposition brief, gives a very different version of events than NAF has provided — and includes the evidence to back it up. He says that two of his investigators, posing as employees of BioMax, met...

National Abortion Federation Invited Undercover Fetal Harvesting Investigator Daleiden to Their ‘Top-Secret’ Meetings, and Invited Him Back

Life Legal Brief Completely Refutes National Abortion Federation: NAF Invited David Daleiden To Its ‘Secret’ Meetings The National Abortion Federation has played the victim card too long. In the months since suing David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has claimed that David and other investigators are “racketeers” who went on a “three-year crime spree” and committed “fraud,” “crashed” the NAF meetings, and “stole” NAF information. NAF is suing for an injunction to prevent David from releasing the recordings and information he obtained at the NAF meeting on the grounds that he “snuck into” their completely secure, private meetings and repelled them with his constant questions about buying fetal tissue. Nothing could be further from the truth. On Thursday, Life Legal filed an opposition brief to NAF’s motion for preliminary injunction. The brief argues that the public has a right to know what David uncovered at the NAF meetings, that he conducted his investigation legally, and that NAF welcomed David and the other investigators as dealers in fetal tissue. David’s declaration, filed with the opposition brief, gives a very different version of events than NAF has provided — and includes the evidence to back it up: “In September 2013, I directed two investigators to attend a conference of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as representatives of BioMax Procurement Services. At that time, BioMax was not registered with the California Secretary of State and did not have a website, flyers, or signage. BioMax was the name for a business that had not yet come into formal existence.” At the ARHP meeting, the...

Life Legal Defends David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress – Time Line of Legal Action

Life Legal is grateful for the opportunity to represent David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Earlier this year, David released the first of a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts. We wanted to give you an overview of what has happened on the legal front since then. In July, shortly after the release of the first video, David was hit with two separate lawsuits. The first was filed by StemExpress, a procurer or broker of fetal body parts. The second suit was filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), of which Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are members. The NAF lawsuit alleged thirteen separate counts of action and sought an injunction to keep David’s videos out of public view. NAF is represented by one of the largest law firms in the nation, employing some 1,000 attorneys. In August, Life Legal filed an “anti-SLAPP” motion. A “SLAPP” or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation is designed to chill speech by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to defend a lawsuit. Life Legal argues that NAF’s suit is baseless and was only filed to silence David and prevent the public from knowing the truth about the trade in fetal body parts. NAF later amended its complaint, and Life Legal plans to respond with another anti-SLAPP motion. In September the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals got involved by issuing a temporary stay on discovery, which was later lifted. September also saw the first of many congressional hearings in conjunction with a formal investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood. As part of the...