Bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies

New charges filed against whistleblowers who exposed baby parts scandal

David Daleiden, right, leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Houston last year. (Pat Sullivan / AP)

Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with 15 felonies by California prosecutors.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra’s office alleges that David Daleiden and his co-conspirator, Sandra Merritt, filmed 14 people without their consent at meetings with women’s healthcare providers in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Francisco and El Dorado.

Sandra Merritt leaves the courtroom on Feb. 3, 2016 in Houston. (Pat Sullivan / Associated Press)

Prosecutors filed 14 felony counts of unlawfully recording people without their permission — one count for each person — as well as one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.

Becerra, a veteran congressman who became attorney general in January, said his office “will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said.

After the charges were filed Tuesday, Daleiden released a statement through his organization, the Irvine-based Center for Medical Progress, that blasted prosecutors.

“The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news,” the statement said. “We look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased video tapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise, in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.”

Full story at The LA Times.

The following Center for Medical Progress video was released today, March 29:

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  1. The Watchman says:

    Planned Parenthood has been a disgrace ever since it was founded. Let us all pray that President Trump appoints pro life justices that will overturn Roe versus Wade. Let us also pray that this evil organization is defunded of any financial support. End abortion Now! Adoption is the loving option. Pray America Pray!

  2. Linda Maria says:

    God bless David Daleiden! Always in my prayers!

  3. Joel Fago says:

    Congress, defund Planned Parenthood NOW!

  4. Someone please start a petition to fire State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra NOW!

  5. helen wheels says:

    don’t we have a REPUBLICAN president ?
    and a REPUBLICAN – controlled Congress?
    Think hard and decide if Republicans really are your friends.

    • Idaho Pete says:

      Yes you can question the Republican Party and its motives but you also can’t be blind in not seeing that the Democratic Party is the ungodly party of perverted death and darkness which is clearly shown by what they openly promote in today’s sick society. California, my home state, long under Democratic control is a glowing example of their sickness and the people’s blindness as much of the rest of the nation mocks and denigrates the political perverted basket case antics of California under the Democrats.

  6. Given the evil of Planned Parenthood, it was the height of naivete to form a dummy corporation, use it as a false front to initiate conversations with PP affiliates, videotape those conversations without disclosure or consent, publish and distribute those tapes, and expect to walk away unscathed.

  7. Disgusted with California Bishops says:

    What will the California Catholic Conference have to say about this? Nothing, I bet. The bishops and their leftist staff members at the CCC are too busy trying to evade and undermine American immigration laws.

  8. helen wheels says:

    Never said Democrats are your friends.
    Break the bogus good guy/bad guy dichotomy – keeps us
    all in shackles

  9. The item’s headline should read: Whistle Blowers Indicted for Whistling
    Subhead: AG Becerro blows smoke, whistles dixie

  10. The gang rape of a 15-year-old girl was filmed then livesteamed on Facebook last week. Things may be looking up for the rapists if recorded without their knowledge or consent — an inalienable right to privacy being a bedrock of our free society (eh ese?).

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