WASHINGTON, January 26, 2016 — Pro-abortion Planned Parenthood officials got off the hook when a Texas district attorney announced that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was cleared of charges after a two-month investigation. Instead, the grand jury indicted pro-life activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Monday.
The two activists from the Center for Medical Progress had released covertly shot videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson says they were indicted for tampering with a governmental record, a felony charge; Daleiden was also indicted on a count related to the purchase and sale of human organs, a Class A misdemeanor.
Despite the outcry against the horrific practices documented in the videos, which were released last year by the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood supporters publically lashed out against the group.
Abortion mill operators and their supporters may be celebrating business as usual, but the painstaking work of the Center for Medical Progress brought Planned Parenthood’s body-part-selling practices to light. Outrage swept the nation as Planned Parenthood national officials attempted to explain away the conduct of the local officials who were videotaped by the group.
It is disingenuous and even dismissive that Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, frames the Center for Medical Progress as the extremists. Ferrero unashamedly declared that Daleiden and his group “Couldn’t find any improper or illegal activity, they made it up,” according to Fox News.
But seeing is believing, and the casual and occasionally flippant behavior that Planned Parenthood officials displayed when they discussed the selling of human body parts was enough to make any caring person gag. How can an unborn baby not be a baby for the purposes of abortion, but then be regarded as a person for the purpose of body-part harvesting?
Yet one indictment against Daleiden involves the sale of human organs, the organs of those non-human fetuses. This is the contradiction embraced by Planned Parenthood officials who decry Daleiden for showing that they inflicted horrible practices on human beings.
Fox News reports that pro-life Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., author of the House’s Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, was “profoundly disappointed” by the indictments, adding, “It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who expose their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead.”
The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, plans to continue the state’s investigation into abortion practices that promote the sale and transfer of fetal tissue. The Harris County prosecutor may very well have unleashed the first salvo against Daleiden and his group. Yet in the end, Daleiden’s videos and his pro-life campaign may help solidify a First Amendment battle which the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in his favor.