as declared in Planned Parenthood chief defends organization Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards defends her organization.
Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with 15 felonies by California prosecutors.
Sandra Merritt Pat Sullivan / Associated Press Sandra Merritt leaves the courtroom on Feb. 3, 2016 in Houston.
At one point she asks: “How do you want me to say it?”The videos again made Planned Parenthood the target of controversy.
Special report: How anti-abortion activists used undercover Planned Parenthood videos to further a political cause »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.
as mentioned in March 29 (UPI) — Two anti-abortion activists were charged with 15 felonies for secretly videotaping themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood representatives.
A grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood and instead indicted Daleiden and Merritt on felony charges of tampering with government records.
Using fake names and a false business name, Daleiden and Merritt gained entry to the 2014 National Abortion Federation Convention in San Francisco and secretly recorded conversations.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a former Democratic member of Congress, said in a statement that the undercover videos showed that Delaeiden and Merritt attempted to purchase fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood insisted it did not profit from sale of fetal tissue and filed a suit in January against the Center for Medical Progress, the name of Daleiden’s sham business, alleging the defendants lied to gain entry to meetings.
as mentioned in “Immediately afterward, several of the health care providers who had been named and identified in the videos began receiving personal death threats.”—City News Service>> Want to read more stories like this?
The two are accused of making secret recordings at the National Abortion Federation’s 2014 conference and in San Francisco.
David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are accused in the 15-count complaint of making the recordings at health care providers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties.
“Daleiden alleged publicly and to law enforcement that the employees (of the health care providers) were transferring aborted fetal tissue for profit in violation of California law,” the affidavit by Special Agent Brian Cardeell states.
The state Department of Justice has filed felony charges against two anti-abortion activists who allegedly used false pretenses to meet women’s health care providers and secretly record conversations that caused a fire storm over the purported sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood.