Long before the term “fake news” became commonplace, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was among those who insisted that undercover videos showing the sale of body parts at Planned Parenthood likely were made up. She told CNN that she hadn’t actually seen the videos that were probably fake: “I’ve seen some news reports,” she said, “…but I also know some of it is not real and you can create any reality.”
Here’s a dose of reality: the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the undercover videos, announced Wednesday that StemExpress had dropped its lawsuit against CMP and its project lead, David Daleiden.
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) January 11, 2017
TODAY: Fetal tissue company, Stem Express, drops lawsuit against @CtrMedProgress – maker of undercover expose videos
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) January 11, 2017
BREAKING: StemExpress drops lawsuit against Center for Medical Progress. https://t.co/KTNXBhOw4E
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) January 11, 2017
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) January 11, 2017
— CMP (@CtrMedProgress) January 11, 2017
Excellent news! Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor StemExpress drops lawsuit against videomakers https://t.co/CL2MCmMCGI
— Trending with Timmerie (@Timmerie) January 11, 2017
StemExpress, former Planned Parenthood partner, drops lawsuit against pro-life journalists https://t.co/5ZFU3mQyIp
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 11, 2017
Of course they did. It was only commenced to harass the investigative reporters. Pathetic misuse of the legal system
— Christoff Durr (@duerr_2) January 11, 2017
The Washington Times reports that StemExpress dropped the suit “one day before an appellate hearing was set to take place on a motion to strike the complaint.” A statement released Wednesday by the Center for Medical Progress reads, in part:
CMP’s undercover videos exposed StemExpress in July 2015 as a major illegal vendor of aborted fetal organs and tissue from some of the biggest Planned Parenthood affiliates in the country.
StemExpress, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America have been referred by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
That’s what happens when the old standby of dismissing incriminating video as “heavily edited” doesn’t fly.
Congrats! Tossing out this sham of a lawsuit was long overdue. Nothing but a smear campaign against you.
— IL Right to Life (@ILRight2Life) January 11, 2017
they don't want facts about crimes coming out…TOO LATE?
— Timothy Bair ?? (@TimothyBair) January 11, 2017
Maybe they made the last payment on the Lamorghini.
— Silence Dogood (@76SilenceDogood) January 11, 2017
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‘Shoot the messenger’: Kamala Harris set to investigate Center for Medical Progress over Planned Parenthood videos http://t.co/656mMCm6AY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 25, 2015