Appeals court tosses defamation lawsuit against ex-Planned Parenthood exec for criticizing misleading videos

Colorado Politics: Colorado’s second-highest court on Thursday agreed the former chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was correct to label a set of heavily-edited undercover videos as misleading, and her comments did not amount to defamation of the California-based abortion opponent who recorded the footage.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals joined the Jefferson County judge who previously watched the unedited, 2.5-hour recording of Savita Ginde in Planned Parenthood’s Colorado office, and compared it to The Center for Medical Progress’ edited, annotated videos that spread online. All four judges agreed the edited videos portrayed something the raw footage did not.

Specifically, the center and its founder, David Daleiden, made it seem as if Ginde was proposing to sell the tissue of aborted fetuses for profit, in violation of federal law. Therefore, wrote Judge Rebecca R. Freyre for the appellate panel, Ginde could not be liable for defamation when she publicly criticized the way Daleiden had edited the videos.

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