Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society, representing David Daleiden in the six-week San Francisco trial against Planned Parenthood, began the closing arguments for Daleiden on Tuesday, November 11. An excerpt follows. The full day’s transcript, attached at bottom of story, gives Breen’s full argument beginning on page 4001.
MR. BREEN: Ladies and gentlemen, this case is about the steps it took for private citizen investigators to cut through a curtain of silence and concealment. They didn’t do it for profit or for personal gain. They did it for the paramount public purpose of letting Americans know and law enforcers investigate whether and to what extent our laws may have been violated.
And they are not just any laws, but these are laws relating to homicide against born human beings. Laws against the selling of body parts and organs of aborted human fetuses. And the laws against changing medical procedures without knowledge and consent to obtain more valuable fetal parts.
And after six weeks of trial the lawyers for Planned Parenthood just conceded why they are suing here today. In the words of Melvin Galloway, “the brand was damaged.” And, Willow, if you will go to the next slide, please?
They wanted to protect the brand.
But what is it that hurt the brand? The very words spoken by Planned Parenthood personnel on those videos is what hurt the brand.
At the end of this trial the judge read a stipulation, an agreed fact to you, that what is shown on the videos are the words of the Planned Parenthood personnel.
Now, Planned Parenthood could have tried to dispute this issue, but when push came to shove here at trial, a place where you need hard evidence to back up your claims, they had nothing. This is what so outraged the public. The true words of Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctors and other personnel.
Now, a handful of people were so incensed that they allegedly wrote or called in threats. But we don’t know those few people. They are strangers. They are not in court. They are not even known to anyone here.
Now, remember, you heard testimony from Dr. Deborah Nucatola. And Cecile Richards, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood at the time, apologized to the nation for what Dr. Nucatola said on that video. Cecile Richards wouldn’t have issued a public apology unless it was something very serious to apologize for.
You remember seeing that video of Dr. Nucatola as waiter after waiter after waiter walked by and she talked about crushing above and crushing below to get more valuable fetal tissue, where she talked about changing the presentation fetus from vertex to breech.
You want to know why the people of the country were outraged? That’s why….