By Helen Christophi
A national anti-choice organization with close ties to the Trump administration helped activists launch a smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, a watchdog group announced Monday.
Americans United for Life (AUL) provided “extensive support” to the scheme launched by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the anti-choice front group that attacked Planned Parenthood, with doctored videos falsely accusing the reproductive health-care provider of trafficking fetal tissue, according to court documents published by the Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a watchdog organization that tracks the inner workings of anti-choice groups.
The documents were published days after a San Francisco federal court jury awarded Planned Parenthood over $2.2 million in damages in its civil lawsuit against CMP, its founder David Daleiden, and his co-conspirators. Following a six-week trial, the jury on November 15 found that the defendants broke multiple state and federal laws against racketeering, trespassing, fraud, and secret recording by infiltrating abortion-care conferences and taping Planned Parenthood doctors without their knowledge or consent.
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