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  • DEVELOPING: Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Indicts Makers Of Videos Instead

    Instead Of Indicting Planned Parenthood, Texas Grand Jury Indicts Creators Of Highly Edited Videos

    A Texas grand jury that was investigating Planned Parenthood just opted to not indict the women's reproductive health care provider. Instead, it has handed down indictments for two of the makers of the controversial videos.

    David Daleiden (photo), the founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-choice group that worked with Republican members of Congress for over a year to create the videos and create a marketing plan to release them, and another activist, have been indicted.

    "Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count of related to purchasing human organs. Another activist was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record," the Associated Press just reported. 

    The second person indicted is Sandra Merritt, also of the CMP. Merritt is also "the founder and CEO of BioMax, the sham tissue procurement company created by the Center to gain entry into abortion clinics and medical conferences," the Dallas Morning News adds.

    Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson "said the grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing."

    The videos are highly and selectively edited, and have been used as "evidence" by anti-abortion activists and anti-choice conservatives to fraudulently claim "Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts."

    Every state that has investigated Planned Parenthood in response to the videos has found no evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood.

     

    All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    UPDATE I: 5:32 PM –

    Texas Tea Party Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had "ordered the investigation after a series of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists accused the organization of illegally profiting from aborted fetuses," ThinkProgress reports.

    UPDATE II: 5:41 PM –

    "Planned Parenthood, in a letter to Congress said Daleiden was involved in secretly recording Planned Parenthood staff and patients at least 65 times over the last eight years," the Houston Chronicle reports. Planned Parenthood said CMP "also illegally taped private professional conversations of doctors and other medical providers and spliced together shards of long conversations to create short videos in order to spread false claims."

    UPDATE III: 5:55 PM –

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promises to keep spending Texas tax dollars investigating Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that absolutely no one who has has found any evidence of illegal activity. 

    UPDATE IV: 7:15 PM –

    "If convicted of the top charge, Daleiden and Merritt could face up to 20 years behind bars," Buzzfeed reports

    UPDATE V: 7:42 PM –

    Planned Parenthood Responds To Indictment Of Anti-Choice Activists Who Created Fake Videos

     

    NEW: Planned Parenthood Videographers Respond To Felony Indictment

     

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    • commented 2016-01-26 13:35:32 -0500
      If I’m not mistaken, the only “evidence” they brought against PP was spliced, edited footage that didn’t hold up in court. They, however, solicited the purchase of human organs, which counts as an attempt to purchase, which is a crime.

    • commented 2016-01-26 10:35:37 -0500
      So wait… The makers are indicted for a misdemeanor for buying human organs, but PP is cleared of wrongdoing? How does that even work?

    • commented 2016-01-25 22:58:41 -0500
      PP not guilty

    • commented 2016-01-25 21:29:33 -0500
      Patricia Sorensen, Your fascist idiocies is showing though, anything to control others with stupide for sheepe idiocies of fascist propagandas.
      I’m against those who would use idiocies to manipulate other’s freedoms away from them, I’m against the fascists who would come wrap in a flag thumping a bible as if doing that gives them all the rights to have control over others, then they go about doing the most idiotic stupidities that they can do, even ignoring common decency respect of all the people,
      I’m against Fascists.
      I’m against Corporatist.
      I’m voting for Bernie Sanders.

    • commented 2016-01-25 21:22:06 -0500
      Patricia, I should be exhausted by your appallingly ignorant comment, but I’m actually impressed that you manage to be that belligerently stupid and still type an almost-coherent paragraph at the same time. Nicely done.

    • commented 2016-01-25 19:47:36 -0500
      Holy shit Patricia… you’re a terrible human being.

    • commented 2016-01-25 18:58:24 -0500
      Patricia Sorensen … you just wrote “I hope you die” to another human being, just because he politely shared his reasonable opinion online?

      So much for the sanctity of life, I guess. Do you not see the irony?

      Jeffrey posted his opinion NOT on one of your anti-choice sites, but here. He didn’t go looking for an argument. He was here on a rational, reasonable website stating an opinion, and for that he’s a “sh*thead” that should die?

      I’m sorry for the people who know you in real life. I hope those close to you have a strong support system in place to deal with your anger and abuse.

    • commented 2016-01-25 18:53:24 -0500
      Abbott is MENTAL!

    • commented 2016-01-25 18:48:44 -0500
      Greg Abbott’s a good Republican. Never lets the facts interfere with the promotion of his own agenda.

    • commented 2016-01-25 18:35:09 -0500
      Every single state that investigated Planned Parenthood in response to these falsified videos has found nothing illegal, nada, zero. How much more money and time must be wasted to appease these people? I am glad they are indicating those behind the videos for falsifying the footage.

    • commented 2016-01-25 18:24:30 -0500
      anyone that think Planned parenthood is not guilty are total idiots.

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