As David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress undergo a civil trial in California for their work investigating Planned Parenthood, the abortionist featured in their most famous video was called upon to testify under oath. The resulting testimony was self-incriminating.
Dr. Mary Gatter took to the witness stand as part of Planned Parenthood v. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP). She testified that she was an abortionist and Medical Director at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles for over 15 years, and also served as the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.
Gatter was caught on camera by CMP discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts. When asked about what she would receive as compensation for the sale, she joked, “I want a Lamborghini.” While the video was not played for the jury during this trial, Gatter was questioned by Planned Parenthood’s attorney. When she argued that the footage was heavily edited, cross examination was allowed.
Below is the transcript from that cross examination:
Attorney: “I believe I heard you testify that you believe that that video was — the video of yourself — was edited to show the worst possible parts of the conversation. Did I hear that correctly?”
Attorney: “What did you consider to be the worst possible parts of the conversation that were edited into this — this video?”
Gatter: “I think they edited out the part where I mentioned multiple times that we were not permitted to accept any compensation over and above our expenses. I believe they edited out portions where I was definitive about that.
I believe they left in lighthearted comments meant not to be taken seriously, that were later twisted to be used against Planned Parenthood and myself. So yes, I believe there were several areas in which editing occurred.”
Attorney: “What particular lighthearted comments were left in to give an incorrect impression, Dr. Gatter?” (Planned Parenthood’s attorney objected to this question, the judge overruled.)
Gatter: “I believe I made a comment about joking about what I would receive in compensation, which was clearly meant to be not taken seriously.”
Attorney: “And what was the comment, Dr. Gatter?”
Gatter: “I told them I wanted a Lamborghini.”
Attorney: “And that within the context of discussing the price that BioMax would be paying for fetal tissue. Correct?”
Gatter: “It was.”
CMP had previously released the full video of this exchange (you can watch it here).
While Gatter may be one of the most well known abortionists from the CMP footage, she will not be the last witness. Daleiden and Merritt’s trial is scheduled to continue through November 15th, and will likely call many more witnesses to the stand.
The judge has made clear that only the recording of private conversations, not the legality of selling the body parts of aborted infants, will be discussed. However, each side has 45 hours to make their case, and Daleiden and Merritt have already had to comment on the criminality of Planned Parenthood’s actions when explaining their motivation.
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