By Jonathon Van Maren
The ongoing trial of David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, Troy Newman, and several others on the Planned Parenthood baby body parts scandal continues to reveal new and gruesome details about the abortion industry. LifeSiteNews has been doing fantastic reporting from San Francisco, where the trial is taking place, and you’ll notice that the abortion orgs and their media allies have been as silent as an abortionist’s conscience as the trial continues to unearth new evidence that the abortion industry is engaging in unmitigated brutality against the youngest and weakest members of the human family.
Consider these recent details from one LifeSite report:
In a startling twist, one of the United States’ longest-practicing abortionists took the stand this week in a California courtroom to defend undercover pro-life investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Dr. Forrest Smith, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is also an abortionist in California, told the San Francisco court that not only did Daleiden’s and Merritt’s now-famous videos expose the gruesome truth about the abortion industry’s trade in fetal body parts, but that things are even worse than they knew.
Smith testified that it is almost certain that some of the abortionists featured in the undercover videos deliberately altered abortion procedures in a way that both led to the birth of living babies with beating hearts, and put women at risk. The goal in these cases would be to obtain fresher, more intact organs…An ob/gyn who trained at Duke University, Smith told the court that he’s “the longest practicing abortion doctor in the United States today” and that he has done at least 50,000 abortions.
Smith said he was retained by the defense as an expert to review the material, such as videos, articles, testimony of Does 9, 10 and 12 (those accusing Daleiden and Merritt of illegally taping them cannot be named by judge’s order) to assess whether the defendants’ belief that babies were being born alive during abortions was reasonable. Smith testified that he reviewed video footage of a presentation given by Alisa Goldberg at a 2014 Planned Parenthood conference that advocated the use of large doses of misoprostol to complete a second-trimester induced abortion procedure in one day. According to Smith, Goldberg’s presentation suggests that Planned Parenthood abortionists were employing a method that was likely to result in live births.
The accepted method for this type of abortion is to dilate the cervix by inserting laminaria, or seaweed sticks, one or two days before the abortion, depending on the baby’s gestational age. Misoprostol can act as a cervical preparation agent in small doses of 25 to 100 mg to soften the cervix for an induction of a term pregnancy, Smith said. But large doses of 300 to 400 mg every three to four hours to induce labor for an abortion – as Planned Parenthood abortionists were apparently doing – will trigger “tumultuous labor” that will result in “fetal expulsion,” in which “the fetus comes out without any assistance from the abortion doctor, no instrumentation…There’s no question in my mind that at least some of these fetuses were live births,” Smith replied.
For years, the abortion industry has been denying what we know for a fact: That babies are sometimes born alive after abortion procedures, and then either killed or left to die. In these cases, of course, the babies are kept alive in order to harvest fresher organs. As World Magazine reported:
“Very few people in abortion, outside of Planned Parenthood, do that,” Smith said on the stand. On the final day of the hearing, stem cell scientist Theresa Deisher testified that fetal hearts used in studies must be harvested from living babies. She said the heart “has to be beating and be arrested in a relaxed position.” If the baby dies beforehand, the heart contracts and cannot be used.
Why is this not major news on every TV network and on every front page? Because the mainstream media is assisting in the coverup of the greatest injustice in human history. For years, they have been calling the Center for Medical Progress “liars.” For years, they have been saying that the videos released by Daleiden and his team were “deceptively edited” and “discredited.”
So what about the fact that it has now been proven, in court, by an abortionist who is still practicing his grisly trade, that the horrors exposed by the journalists at the Center for Medical Progress are even worse than we thought? Or that beating hearts are being cut out of the chests of living babies?
Then, the media grows as silent as the grave.