Two anti-abortion activists with the Center for Medical Progress have been indicted for their part in leaking the infamous videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing the “sale” of fetal tissue.
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were indicted by a Harris County, TX grand jury for tampering with a government record. Daleiden was also indicted for the prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs. Neither Planned Parenthood nor its employees were charged by the jury.
The grand jury probe started when Texas governor Greg Abbot called for an investigation into the organization after the videos were released. However, the leaks and the grand jury investigation backfired for the Center for Medical Progress.
BREAKING: Houston grand jury investigating fetal tissue videos declines to indict Planned Parenthood, indicts videographers instead. #txlege
— Brian M. Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) January 25, 2016
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” District Attorney Devon Anderson said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
Daleiden and Merrit recorded the videos last year and caused an uproar in the pro-life communities. Planned Parenthood alleges the two used fake names and IDs to access private information, and then they recorded lengthy conversations with their employees.
At the time of publication, this is still a developing story. Many important details have yet to emerge, most notably the nature of Daliden’s indictment for the “purchase and sale of human organs.” The duo’s attempts to bring down Planned Parenthood backfired magnificently, as both are facing serious criminal charges.
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