- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2015

The Center for Medical Progress posted a short video Friday showing a StemExpress executive joking about receiving intact fetal cadavers from abortions, publishing the footage shortly after a Los Angeles judge dissolved a temporary restraining order against its release.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell ruled Friday against StemExpress, the California company seeking to stop the pro-life group from releasing undercover footage of its executives at a restaurant in May, citing the center’s First Amendment rights.

The center then wasted no time in posting a two-minute video trailer that featured footage from previously released video along with a new section with Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress.

Ms. Dyer is shown paying the check after a lunch with undercover investigators as she tells them to give her company’s lab a warning before shipping fetal cadavers.

“Oh, yeah, if you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” Ms. Dyer says in the video.

“Tell the lab its coming. They don’t want to open the box and go ‘Oh my God!’” she adds with a laugh.

In a Friday statement, StemExpress said it “disagrees with the court’s conclusion today that a preliminary injunction is not an appropriate remedy in this case and is considering options, including an appeal.”

David Daleiden, CMP president, said in a statement that the full footage from the video and a transcript will be published shortly.

StemExpress announced last week saying that it will no longer contract with Planned Parenthood affiliates for fetal tissue from abortions, citing the adverse publicity from the center’s release of undercover videos starting July 14.

“We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen over the past few weeks, we feel it prudent to terminate activities with Planned Parenthood,” said the Aug. 15 statement.

“While we value our relationship with Planned Parenthood, that work represents a small percentage of our overall business activity and we must focus our limited resources on resolving these inquiries,” the company said.

While the judge allowed the release of the video, StemExpress said that the hearing also resulted in the judge’s concluding that “it is likely the Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden violated California’s criminal law prohibiting the illegal recording of private conversations.”

California’s two-party recording law requires the knowledge of both parties, although there are exceptions for circumstances such as recordings in public places where conversations should not be considered private.

“In concluding that CMP and Daleiden likely committed crimes, the judge also rejected defendants’ claim that StemExpress broke the law, finding their assertions to be a mere ‘ideological conviction.,’” said the StemExpress statement.

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