After she was filmed in a viral undercover video sting, former Planned Parenthood Dr. Savita Ginde fought back, insisting the hidden-camera footage showing her discussing aborted fetal-tissue transactions was “fake,” “dubbed,” “manipulated” and “spliced and diced.”
Now the Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden, who led the undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood, has sued Dr. Ginde for “false and defamatory claims,” seeking unspecified monetary damages and a public correction.
“I welcome Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, current and former, speaking honestly and publicly about their work, especially as it regards fetal experimentation and organ harvesting,” Mr. Daleiden said in a statement.
“This is the reason CMP’s undercover footage continues to have such a profound impact on the public conscience,” Mr. Daleiden continued. “But anyone who tries to attack our undercover reporting by making false statements about our work should expect to make a public correction or be held accountable in a court of law.”
Dr. Ginde, who later left Planned Parenthood, blasted the 2015 undercover sting in a January TEDx talk in Denver and her December 2018 memoir, “The Real Cost of Fake News: The Hidden Truth Behind the Planned Parenthood Video Scandal.”
The Washington Times has reached out to Dr. Ginde for comment.
Mr. Daleiden filed the lawsuit shortly after a San Francisco jury found him and fellow CMP investigators guilty of trespassing, fraud and racketeering stemming from their undercover work, and awarded Planned Parenthood $2.2 million in damages. He plans to appeal the Nov. 15 verdict.
Dr. Ginde was serving as chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains when she was filmed talking in her office with Mr. Daleiden, who posed as a representative of a biotech company interested in purchasing and reselling aborted fetal tissue remains for medical research.
In the video, she says that the “per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it,” and that “intact” specimens represent less than 10% of the three to seven second-trimester abortions performed on an average Tuesday.
“Sometimes, if someone delivers before we are able to see them for a procedure, then we are intact,” Dr. Ginde says in the video, adding, “But that’s not what we go for. We try for that not to happen.”
The video also shows Dr. Ginde and a medical assistant identifying post-abortive body parts and organs on a tray. The clinic provided fetal tissue through third-party vendors to Colorado State University, which suspended its acquisitions shortly after the video was posted in July 2015 pending a congressional investigation.
Selling human fetal remains for “valuable consideration” is illegal under federal law, but Planned Parenthood has argued that the payments were permissible because they only covered the organization’s costs.
Dr. Ginde’s website accused the “undercover and dishonorable CMP agents” of filming footage “which they subsequently edited (even dubbing in their own audio!) to make it appear that Planned Parenthood was engaged in the sale of fetal tissue and body parts from human tissue. Fake news at its best.”
“The entire video campaign that David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress created is based on lies,” she said in her book, according to the lawsuit. “The facts were fabricated. The videos that included me were edited to manipulate context, with words and phrases that I never said dubbed in and attributed to me.”
The Daleiden lawsuit said that no audio was added and the film was not deceptively edited, noting that the parties, including Planned Parenthood, agreed to stipulate during the California trial that “the words used by plaintiffs’ personnel and the defendants in the video recorded by the defendants were spoken by those persons.”
“That the accuracy of CMP’s recordings has been formally acknowledged even by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains — Dr. Ginde’s employer at the time she was recorded by Plaintiffs — demonstrates that Dr. Ginde’s allegations about Plaintiffs are provably false,” the complaint said.
The lawsuit was filed Nov. 27 in Jefferson County District Court in Colorado by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, a Republican national committeewoman from California, who said “we look forward to our day in court against Dr. Ginde.”