In an editorial on April 27, the Albuquerque Journal voiced its support for the investigation by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and its subpoena of records, including names, pertaining to the acquisition of fetal tissue from the Southwestern Women’s Options Center and research performed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Both organizations have refused to supply names to the committee.
The editorial board justifies the House investigation by citing the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress. If that is the best evidence, then the board has no case. As to releasing names, the board has chosen to give aid and comfort to domestic terrorists and puts the lives of innocent people in jeopardy. This may seem a harsh conclusion, but it is completely justified.
As to the evidence, it is clear that those videos are fraudulent. They were in fact acquired through fraudulent means and deceptive editing was employed to create a false impression. This is precisely the conclusion reached by a Texas grand jury impaneled to pursue charges against the abortion provider Planned Parenthood based on the impression created by the videos. It is telling that instead of indicting Planned Parenthood, the jury indicted David Daleiden and CMP, the shell company he set up.
Over the past 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, anti-abortion extremists have compiled an appalling record of violence against abortion providers and women accessing abortion services.