AUSTIN, Texas — A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.
David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record. It’s the first time anyone in the group has been charged criminally since the videos started surfacing last year.
In a statement announcing the indictment, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson didn’t provide details on the charges, including what record or records were allegedly tampered with and why Daleiden faces a charge related to buying human organs. Anderson’s office said it could not provide details until the documents charging Daleiden and Merritt were formally made public, which was expected later Monday.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Anderson’s statement said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us.”
The anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress has released several covertly shot videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the handling of fetal tissue from abortions. The center claims that Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue; Planned Parenthood officials have denied any wrongdoing and have said the videos were misleadingly edited.
It seems like the grand jury agreed with Planned Parenthood. Sometimes people get so wrapped up in what they believe that they justify altering facts and the truth. Apparently this is what happened here.
Too many anti-abortion politicians hung their hats on Planned Parenthood being in the wrong. Now they look like fools.
I feel a wonderful sense of vindication. There is nothing like some zealot trying to make the other person look bad using questionable means and then the zealot getting in trouble. Serves him right.
I don’t doubt David Daleiden’s sincerity in hating abortion, for whatever reason. He is free to feel how he wants. What he isn’t entitled to do is lie and falsify information about other people. I hope the felony sticks.