This major RICO lawsuit outlines how the defendants engaged in a complex criminal enterprise through wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing. The case was filed in federal court in San Francisco this morning by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the seven Planned Parenthood affiliates in California.
The defendants in the case broke the law in order to spread inflammatory lies about Planned Parenthood, and they must be held accountable for their actions -- and the hateful environment they’ve helped create.
The smear campaign has given anti-women’s health politicians an excuse to propose harmful legislation and launch health center investigations nationwide. To date, officials in 10 states, including South Dakota, have concluded investigations into claims that Planned Parenthood profited from fetal tissue donation, and each one has cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. Another eight states, including Minnesota, have declined to even investigate, citing a lack of any evidence to suggest wrongdoing. Because PPMNS was not a direct subject of the videos we are not a party to this initial action; however, we will be exploring our options.