The duo who bravely exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts operation through undercover videos has been charged by California prosecutors with 15 new felony counts.
In 2016, both David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt with the Center for Medical Progress were indicted by a Texas grand jury on felony tampering charges. Daleiden also received a second indictment. All charges were eventually dropped, and Planned Parenthood was left seething at the Harris County district attorney’s office.
Now, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has charged the pair with 15 felonies. The Washington Times reports:
“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Mr. Becerra said in a statement. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”
The pro-life activists are charged with criminal conspiracy to invade privacy and 14 counts of filming people without their permission in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties.
Kamala Harris, now a Democratic U.S. senator, began the investigation into the Center for Medical Progress when she was California attorney general. To replace her after her 2016 election, Gov. Jerry Brown picked Mr. Becerra, who had been was a Democratic member of the U.S. House and part of the caucus’s leadership team.
In response to the new charges, the Center for Medical Progress issued the following statement:
The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news. They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and failed: both the charges and the DA were thrown out. The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics—currently being prosecuted in California—who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law. 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.
David Daleiden also took to social media to share his disgust…
The last time @PPact colluded with political cronies to persecute citizen journalists, both charges AND corrupt DA thrown out! BRING IT ON!!
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) March 29, 2017
…as well as a clip of Cecile Richards’ testimony during a 2015 Congressional hearing indicating taped conversations were “non-confidential.”
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) March 29, 2017
If you actually need a reminder of the evil that is Planned Parenthood, a new video released Wednesday morning by the Center for Medical Progress is all that is required. A portion of what the video contains, as described by CMP:
New undercover video shows Dr. DeShawn Taylor, previous Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and longtime abortion provider at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, graphically describing how to deliver intact fetuses in late-term abortions to harvest high-quality body parts, and indicating possible cover-up of infanticide.
At a networking reception at a Planned Parenthood conference, CMP investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company are introduced to Dr. Taylor by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services.
Dr. Taylor confirms she does elective abortions on healthy fetuses and pregnant women up to 24 weeks. When the investigators ask her about obtaining intact fetal organs, Dr. Taylor replies, “It’s not a matter of how I feel about it coming out intact, but I gotta worry about my staff and people’s feelings about it coming out looking like a baby.”
She continues, “We have the people who do our paperwork for the fetal death certificates, they email us calling them ‘babies’. Baby this, baby that, baby so-and-so, and I’m like, that’s creepy!”
Dr. Taylor explains to the investigators, “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.” When one investigator then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?” Dr. Taylor replies, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Dr. Taylor then laughs as she repeats what the Arizona law requires, and says, “It’s a mess. It’s a mess.”
Dr. Taylor acknowledges that the feticidal chemical digoxin cannot be used in an abortion where fetal body parts will be harvested for sale, but she remarks that in a standard dismemberment dilation and evacuation abortion, “My biceps appreciate when the dig[oxin] works,” to kill the fetus before the procedure. “I remember when I was a [Family Planning] Fellow and I was training, I was like, Oh, I have to hit the gym for this,” she says, describing the force she feels in her biceps when performing a dismemberment abortion with forceps.
The struggles Daleiden and Merritt experience, the criminal charges brought against them, and the videos themselves all serve as proof of Planned Parenthood’s real agenda. They must be defunded. This organization receives approximately $500 million in taxpayer funds each year. Planned Parenthood also spent over $30 million during the 2016 campaign season to elect Hillary Clinton and other pro-aborts. Federal funding is clearly not necessary.
Planned Parenthood is adored by the abortion-loving Left. Attempts to uncover the evil behind the “women’s healthcare!” mask is quickly labeled as extreme. Or, as in the case of the CMP videos, “edited”, as if the words, phrasing, and joviality of those in the videos had been inserted later to appear more horrific. No, we’re aware that Planned Parenthood is flippant about life in general, and downright ecstatic at the possibility of procuring money-making body parts from the precious lives they happily murder and then discard in the name of “choice.”
As with the previous charges in Texas, hopefully the charges against Daleiden and Merritt in California will amount to nothing at all.