“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,” laments the prophet Isaiah, referring to the moral corruption in own day day. There could be no more terrible example of corruption and injustice in our day than the circumstances that surround the trial of David Daleiden and the four other advocates from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) who exposed the abortion industry for the evil and murderous industry that it is.
In 2015, Daleiden and his fellow advocates for CMP went undercover to film a series of twelve videos, posing as representatives from a fake biotech company. In each video, they conversed with a different official from Planned Parenthood (PP), the largest abortion provider in the United States of America. These officials were not aware that they were being filmed, so the sting caught them admitting not only to the brutal nature of the abortions their company performs, but also to the fact that they regularly sell organs and body parts from the aborted babies for a profit, which is a federal felony in the USA.
One would assume in the wake of these videos that it would be Planned Parenthood that should be on trial, given its employees had been caught red-handed breaking federal law. However, it was actually PP that filed a lawsuit against Daleiden and CMP, accusing them of crimes including trespassing, breach of confidentiality, wiretapping and conspiracy. In what can only be described as a total miscarriage of justice, a jury in California has found Daleiden and his fellow advocates guilty of these crimes and have awarded PP $2.2 million in damages.
It is not only the outcome of the trial that screams injustice; it is also the process. The case was heard in San Francisco, arguably the most liberal court in the country. The judge chosen for the trial, William Orrick, is known to have connections to PP including a previous position on the board of a charity that houses a PP clinic. Judge Orrick did everything in his power to prevent the jury from seeing evidence that might incriminate PP, including refusing to allow key experts to testify; not allowing the jury to see all of the footage from the undercover videos; and excluding evidence about tissue and organ harvesting and how PP alters its abortion procedures to ensure less damage is done to organs and tissues of aborted babies, thus ensuring the highest profit. At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Orrick then gave instructions to the jury on how to proceed before they deliberated, stating that he had already found the defendants to be guilty of the crime of trespassing, and that as a consequence PP had been harmed and were entitled to damages.
Not only was the organisation that murders babies and profits from their body parts allowed to continue to do so, but the people who were attempting to expose them for their evil deeds were punished, harshly, to the tune of over two million dollars. We can only lament as Isaiah did. Yet God is just, and ultimately His justice will prevail. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne” (Psalm 89:14). The outcome of this trial was manifestly unjust. Ultimately, the greatest injustice of all is that the lives of the innocent are slaughtered in the thousands every single day, not just in America but also in our own country. Pray that such injustice will not continue.