Makers of Fake Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Video Slapped With 15 Felony Charges

by April Hamlin – Two anti-abortion activists are facing 15 felony charges after they secretly filmed themselves trying to buy aborted fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. (In case you missed it, these attempts were unsuccessful because, duh. But that didn’t stop them from editing this video footage and then using it to claim that the women’s health provider was selling baby parts. They weren’t.) State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Tuesday. The Associated Press reports: The allegations say the pair filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. The 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy. According to Becerra, Daleiden and Merritt created a fictitious biomedical research company, which they then lied about in order to convince representatives of Planned Parenthood to meet with them...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

by Adam Harris – Our reading guide to the Planned Parenthood videos, and what has happened since On Monday, a grand jury indicted David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt, a center employee, on felony charges of tampering with government documents and a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The charges stem from the investigation surrounding the controversial Planned Parenthood videos that surfaced last summer. Marjorie Dannensfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, said the videos “caused a watershed moment that we weren’t expecting.” They also helped set the stage for the latest battle in a decades-long attempt to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. According to Daleiden, the goal of the videos was to prove that Planned Parenthood actively sold fetal tissue for profit. Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit reproductive health organization, immediately pushed back against the videos following their release. The...

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The ‘Baby Parts’ Video People Just Got The Worst News Of Their Lives

by John Prager – Sorry, David Daleidin and Sandra Merritt, even if you don’t like your first Grand Jury, you can keep it. On Wednesday, lawyers for the pair of anti-abortion activists who were recently indicted on multiple felony counts in a surprise twist to a case conservatives hoped would end Planned Parenthood forever, argued that the Grand Jury that handed out indictments was absolutely out of control. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as the lying liars who produced the heavily edited, fraudulent “baby parts” videos that prompted Robert Lewis Dear to attack a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, and Carly Fiorina to redefine “stupid” in her almost incoherent ravings about the health organization, had planned. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said that she does not intend to cave to the whims of the right-wing activists, explaining that “the inconvenient truth of a criminal investigation is that it doesn’t always...

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Texas Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Decides To Indict Anti-Abortion Activists Instead

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – A Texas-based grand jury tasked with investigating allegations against Planned Parenthood — accusations stemming from a undercover video campaign seeking to discredit the group — has declined to indict the national women’s health organization for any wrongdoing. Instead, the jury is moving to indict the videographers who targeted Planned Parenthood in the first place. Back in August, the Harris County District Attorney’s office announced it would conduct a criminal investigation into a Planned Parenthood clinic located in Houston. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) ordered the investigation after a series of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists accused the organization of illegally profiting from aborted fetuses. At least one of those videos featured footage of employees at that Houston clinic discussing fetal tissue donation. Harris County officials partnered with the Texas Rangers and the Houston Police Department to conduct the months-long investigation into the clinic. “I want to...

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