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Planned Barrenhood scandal/pro-life roundup – very important UPDATE August 3, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, unadulterated evil.

UPDATE: Dangit, I forgot to include the clincher, the really big news, in the original post!  See UPDATE below.

There have been many recent updates to the Planned Barrenhood undercover video stings performed by Center for Medical Progress.  Instead of doing several posts for each one, I’m going to condense them down into one info-packed post, because I know you prize efficiency in your Catholic blogging above anything else.

OK, so first, major Obama donor/bundler and federal judge in California has blocked Center for Medical Progress from releasing apparently extremely damaging footage shot at the National Abortion Federation convention.  Isn’t there some kind of massive conflict of interest in appointing such obviously biased individuals to federal courts?  But I guess this kind of thing happens all the time.  I guess the Texas method – electing judges – isn’t so bad after all?

A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.

Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

Even though the National Abortion Federation filed its claim only hours before, Orrick quickly decided in their favor that the abortionists they represent would, ironically, be “likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest.”

Apparently, the judge’s wife is a huge pro-abort, too.

UPDATE: The really huge bit I originally forgot, allegations that Planned Barrenhood is delivering babies alive and then either killing them,, or allowing them to die via neglect.  This is because still unreleased footage apparently shows Planned Barrenhood selling fully intact babies to StemExpress – a company that sought a different injunction against CMP’s videos – and may feature admissions from StemExpress to their receipt of totally undamaged infant bodies from the baby murderers at PB.  This would almost certainly mean babies born alive are being killed one way or another to preserve their bodies intact:

In a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden said.

If true, it would mean Planned Barrenhood routinely participates in acts constituted as felonies by both federal and state governments.  Many states would take such actions to be murder.

There is supposed to be a hearing today to review the matter, but given that both he and his wife seem committed sexular pagans, what is the likelihood in rule in favor of Center for Medical Progress?  Some conservative/libertarian leaning constitutional experts claim this kind of sting journalism is a muddy area where 1st Amendment protections do not always apply. What is unusual, however, is instituting blanket bans on speech not yet made.  What usually happens is that a sting video is released, the target takes the journalist to court, and sometimes the journalist loses, based on the circumstances.  This is different in that there are federal court orders being released based on speech not yet made, which seems to be much more dubious, constitutionally.

Some are advocating CMP just go ahead and release the videos they have of these “banned” targets, or release them all right now before more injunctions can be made.  But it’s not easy having a federal judge incensed at  you.  However, should more and more injunctions are instituted by federal judges, it could start to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of CMP’s campaign.  Even if every single one of these injunctions is overturned, they could spend years in the courts, draining CMP’s resources and effectively destroying the usefulness of their painstaking research.  If it were me, I’d start disseminating the videos to friendly media and disclaiming ownership of them.  Then make it a viral-like campaign where videos just start showing up left and right.

In related news, Sister Joan Chittister, always shopping around for media attention, had declared that you can’t be pro-life unless you support massive tax increases in order to aid the “poor.”  To Chittister and those like her who have been doing damage to the Faith for 200 years by being leftists with a Catholic patina while selling themselves as Catholic incarnate, the only charity that counts is “charity” at the force of a gun – government wealth redistribution.  She completely ignores in her statement, which I won’t link, the enormous amount of charity done on a private basis, not the least of which occurs in crisis pregnancy centers.  In reality Chittister is simply performing her usual role of muddying the doctrinal waters by trading on her infamous name and pretending to possess an authority she totally lacks.  Sadly, the bishops continue to allow her to do so, even after decades of scandal and rotten theology.

Speaking of bishops, reader KB alerted me to a statement from the Colorado Catholic (bishops) Conference calling for prayer and penance to end the atrocities committed by Planned Barrenhood.  The reader also asked if the Texas Catholic Conference had done the same, and the answer is no, but they did issue a press release just today asking Catholics to contact their senators (Cruz, Cornyn) to vote in favor of de-funding PB in a vote scheduled for today (just to let you know, Cruz and Cornyn are locks to vote in favor of this, so you make the call as to whether it is worth your time to contact them).  This bill defunding Planned Butcherhood of more than $500 million in annual federal funding has 45 sponsors, including one democrat.  Can it pass later today?  If it can’t, the Republican party needs to cease to exist.

Finally August 22 is being proclaimed a national day of protest against Banned Parenthood.  There have already been days of protest nationwide but this is a more focused, national effort.  All protests are to occur Saturday August 22 from 9a-11a local time.  NO DFW Planned Barrenhood’s are presently on the protest list………I’m already committed, but surely some good reader could sign up to lead a protest outside their mill in Dallas?!?

I may update this post later if more news breaks, like the Senate vote.  It’s got maybe a 30% chance of passing, but we’ll see.  Probably just more kabuki theater for the proletariat.



1. Michael Minnis - August 3, 2015

The restraining order entered by the biased federal judge is a patently illegal prior restraint of speech in violation of the First Amendment. The judge ought to be promptly removed from the case because of his bias which has obviously guided his entry of an illegal restraining order.

Tantumblogo - August 3, 2015

Yeah it seems the National Abortion Federation picked their judge well. A decent man would have recused himself for naked self-interest.

2. Frank - August 4, 2015

One word–corruption. Is there no integrity anymore?

3. camper - August 4, 2015

Dear Tantum,
I know why you write that if the Republicans can’t defund PP, they need to “cease to exist” but the fact of the matter is that the Republicans are very weak, despite commanding both chambers of Congress. If Obama had lost, say, 65% of seats in Congress over his agenda in 2010, then the Republicans would have a strong mandate for change.

This is a morally apathetic country and a left-wing country. Yes, a majority want to end second and third trimester abortions, and a majority want to end Obamacare, but that doesn’t begin to be civilized.

The fact of the matter is that, despite their deplorable and perhaps contemptible weakness, and despite prior support for torture and (depending on who’s arguing) the Iraq War, Republicans are the good guys, and the Democrats are the bad guys. Arguably one can (and maybe should) vote for a third party if the Republican vote is a vote for torture, but otherwise, we must vote Republican. In primaries, we need to show that we reject Eric Cantor types. That is about the extent of our power.

4. c matt - August 4, 2015

CMP should have given copies of the videos to someone in a friendly, non-extradition country to post on the net. Would have been virtually impossible for our corrupt federal judiciary to do anything about it.

Anyway, at this point, they will still have to turn them over to state officials for investigation, and the state officials can do whatever they want with them. For example, hold public hearings on them.

5. c matt - August 4, 2015

Odd, that a person who contributed to someone’s campaign was later appointed to the federal bench by that same person.

6. c matt - August 4, 2015

Silver lining – the prior restraint can’t restrain the fact that these incriminating videos exist and StemExpress and the butchers are probably guilty of everything and more that CMP claims. Many times, the conjecture about the content of evidence is just as bad (if not sometimes worse) than the evidence itself.

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