Attorney: Planned Parenthood can't claim 'privacy'

Friday, April 7, 2017
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Capture from CMP video #5A legal expert argues that two undercover pro-life citizen reporters who are facing felony charges aren't guilty of violating California's privacy laws.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt secretly recorded ranking officials of Planned Parenthood as well as other abortion industry workers discussing selling limbs, organs, and tissue from aborted babies. California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra has lodged 15 felony charges against them for violating his state's privacy laws.

But Dr. Jenna Ellis, an assistant professor of legal studies at Colorado Christian University, tells OneNewsNow those laws state that privacy is just that.

"... Many of the videos not only were recorded in public, at restaurants and so forth, but the Ninth Circuit has also said that the right to privacy is something that belongs to an individual, not a corporation," explains the licensed attorney who specializes in constitutional law. "And so Planned Parenthood cannot assert an invasion of privacy for their business practices."

Ellis

Ironically, she says, the right of privacy under those laws would be owned by the preborn child – and confidentiality would come into play only if the content of the conversation is private and personal to the individual being recorded.

"... So this would have to be something that was private and personal to the actual abortionists themselves rather than about the business practices or anything else regarding Planned Parenthood," the educator notes. "So this shouldn't apply at all to David Daleiden or Sandra Merritt."

Ellis says the charges are an overreach on the part of the attorney general, that California is a progressive/activist state, and that the charges have been brought "more as an aggressive agenda tactic rather than actually supporting what California law says."

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

If you could say just one thing to Target's corporate executives…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Warning of imminent attack, Britain raises threat level
  3 more arrests in Manchester; London tourist sites protected
  'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet
Trump budget keeps campaign pledges
  Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Citing disparities, Dem wants to sink $100B into dilapidated public schools
College Republicans cleared of wrongdoing for highlighting black abortion rate, transgender disorder
Europe’s denial of Islamic terrorism threat perplexes security specialists
Manchester isn’t the first time jihadists have slaughtered children
How government schools breed strife

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Trump vows to fight but bureaucracy vows to block

judge banging gavelA former U.S. Justice Department attorney says it won't be so easy for the Trump-led DOJ to defeat a federal judge's order that blocked the President's plan to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities."