The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund first became involved with David Daleiden in June 2015. At that time, David began releasing the results of his investigative journalism study, the Human Capital Project, which, via undercover video and thousands of pages of primary source documents, documented Planned Parenthood’s systematic violation of federal law through their sale of fetal tissue to researchers or middle-men.
This study resulted in year-long investigations by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, and resulted in criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and several affiliates, to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Recently, the Senate sent a letter to both the DOJ and the FBI inquiring as to when prosecution of Planned Parenthood will begin. Planned Parenthood has reported that at least twenty states have taken action to strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer money. Moreover, a bill to strip Planned Parenthood of federal taxpayer funds is currently working its way through Congress. President Trump has promised to sign it. Unfortunately, although twenty states have attempted to strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer funds, those efforts have only sometimes been successful – in part due to questions about the legitimacy of the Human Capital Project resulting from distractions like the litigation FCDF is fighting.
This is why it is so important that David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress are successfully defended in court. FCDF is also representing former CMP contractors Gerardo Adrian Lopez and Ryan Gonzalez, and previously represented former CMP contractor Sandra Susan Merritt.