Two pro-life advocates were banned from Twitter last week for sharing what they said is already public information about Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade.
The information has to do with the prosecution of David Daleiden, leader of the Center for Medical Progress, which exposed the abortion chain’s practices several years ago. Last week, a California judge refused to allow the names of 14 abortion workers to be released in the case.
National Review reports Twitter locked the accounts Pro-Life San Francisco (@prolifesf) and Eric Cochran (@Eric_Cochran) a few days later because they refused to delete posts that identified the 14 employees.
Terrisa Bukovinac, who runs the Pro-life San Francisco account, said the names already are public, and she is appealing her suspension.
“The names of the [John Does] have already been circulated and seen by millions of viewers,” Bukovinac said. “This is public information because they have made themselves known!”
She urged the social media site to stop censoring pro-lifers. Twitter has a history of blocking pro-life accounts.
Here’s more from the report:
Twitter asked to delete her tweets naming the 14 individuals Daleiden and his partner Sandra Merritt filmed. Their names have been publicly available on the Internet since 2017, but they are named as “Does” one through 14 in the felony case against Daleiden, People of the State of California vs. David Robert Daleiden, Sandra Merritt. …
“The ‘Does’ have made their own identities known by speaking publicly about the case and their own involvement,” Bukovinac told National Review. “Twitter’s selective targeting of our organization is either pure viewpoint discrimination or a pathetic submission to pressure from Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation.”
“We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse,” read Twitter’s response to Cochran, who also appealed his suspension. “This includes behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person’s voice.”
Last week, at California prosecutors’ request, San Francisco Judge Christopher Hite ruled that the names of 14 abortion workers filmed by Daleiden and fellow investigator Sandra Merritt must remain redacted in court filings.
California Deputy Attorney General Johnette Jauron claimed the redactions are necessary because the workers’ safety could be in jeopardy.
KVPR News reports Hite agreed and threatened to punish anyone who releases the names.
However, Horatio Mihet, the lawyer for Merritt, said safety is not prosecutors’ real concern, Courthouse News reports.
“The only reason the attorney general wants to have these videos sealed and kept from the public eye is because the videos themselves provide damning evidence that these allegedly confidential conversations were not in fact confidential,” he said. “The videos themselves put the lie to the attorney general’s case and reveal it for the fraud that it is.”
Daleiden’s attorneys believe there is a “political vendetta” behind his prosecution. It began with Kamala Harris, a pro-abortion presidential candidate and former California attorney general.
The Center for Medical Progress investigation exposed numerous atrocities inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities across the U.S. Its findings prompted investigations by the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a number of states.
The committees concluded by recommending that the Department of Justice investigate Planned Parenthood. Both said they found strong evidence that the abortion chain broke the law. The Department of Justice is investigating.
Planned Parenthood repeatedly has denied all allegations of wrong-doing, and many news outlets now parrot its talking points that the undercover videos were deceptively edited or debunked, even though that is not true. An independent forensics investigation verified that the videos were authentic.
Some undercover videos show how Planned Parenthood employees callously and flippantly negotiated the price of tiny baby hearts, lungs, livers and brains. Other evidence indicates the abortion giant may have broken HIPAA patient privacy laws.