Center for Medical Progress founder indicted for slanderous scheme against Planned Parenthood…in Texas!
HOUSTON — Looks like the scheme to permanently harm women and their health care nationwide backfired big time.
David Daleiden, 26, was one of two people indicted for their slanderous near-decade long attempt to harm low-income women by destroying Planned Parenthood. He was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of purchase or sale of human organs.
Sandra Merritt, of San Jose, Calif., a long-time anti-choice extremist, was also indicted.
She and Mr. Daleiden were both then dinged with felonies: tampering with a governmental record, one count.
The charge was related to the fake identifications they presented to Planned Parenthood workers in videos the Harris County grand jury and state officials in Austin each received in July 2015.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson in a statement after Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton all called for a criminal investigation of the primary women’s health care provider after CMP released its fifth deceptively edited video in August 2015 aimed at stopping life-saving fetal tissue research for cures to deadly diseases like polio and HPV. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
Thirteen days earlier, Planned Parenthood filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress. The lawsuit charges the CMP used aliases, obtained fake government IDs, illicitly recorded conversations without consent, and formed a bogus tissue procurement company called BioMax, in an effort to infiltrate private medical conferences and health-care centers. If found guilty, the CMP would have their assets seized, and Mrs. Merritt and Mr. Daleiden will have their assets seized immediately as well.
The lawsuit calls CMP “a complex criminal enterprise conceived and executed by anti-abortion extremists.”
And then there’s this: the CMP is also embroiled in a lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) last summer. It was the first legal action of any kind taken against the CMP.
The indictment of Mr. Daleiden and his associate Monday marks the first time anyone involved with the attack videos has been criminally charged. Sadly, this comes two months too late as four people were killed as a result of two separate terrorist attacks at two Planned Parenthood affiliates in the wake of the videos.
A fresh warrant has been cut for Mr. Daleiden’s arrest.
“It’s great news because it demonstrates what we have said from the very beginning, which is that Planned Parenthood is following every rule and regulation, and that these people came into our buildings under the guise of health when their true intentions were to spread lies,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla told the Houston Chronicle.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said, “The grand jury today arrived at a conclusion we’ve understood for months: the heavily edited videos were illegally created by anti-choice extremists to discredit Planned Parenthood and spread wild misconceptions about abortion providers, jeopardizing the health care of millions of low-income Americans.”
We’re glad the grand jury reached its decision today but it will not [undo] the tremendous damage David Daleiden and his allies have done. It will not bring back the innocent lives lost in Colorado and it will not bring back the millions of dollars in taxpayer money that anti-choice Republicans in Congress have wasted on investigations of Planned Parenthood.”
To no one’s surprise, the butthurt far right started whining about a person who wasn’t even allowed to participate in the investigation.
The Federalist, one of the stinky bowels of the Internet, falsely claimed that Lauren Reeder oversaw the investigation. The truth is this: Ms. Reeder was actually forbidden from taking part in this investigation when the Blaze, Glenn Beck’s web page, reported on her Planned Parenthood connections.
However, misogynists hellbent on destroying Planned Parenthood never yield to facts when they get in the way of faux outrage.