Right Wing Videographers Indicted After Planned Parenthood Investigation
A grand jury in Texas, who was in charge of investigating whether or not Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue, has done something rather shocking. After a months-long investigation, the jury chose to indict the people who initially filmed the videos, instead of Planned Parenthood.
The jury, summoned by Harris Country District Attorney Devon Anderson (a Rick Perry appointee), investigated all of the evidence alleging that Planned Parenthood participated in criminal conduct. The right wing videographers, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, were indicted for filming and then inappropriately editing a video that shows an executive of Planned Parenthood talking about the medical uses for fetal tissue.
After the videos were released, right wing lawmakers began accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally trafficking aborted baby parts. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, was even required to testify before Congress.
Along with Texas, 11 other states have launched similar investigations despite being both expensive and time consuming. Not surprisingly, none of the investigations thus far have produced any evidence of misconduct. Eight states have come forth saying that there isn’t even enough evidence to justify an investigation in the first place.
The two videographers are facing up to twenty years in prison for a second degree felony; tampering with a governmental record. David Daleiden is also facing an additional year in prison for attempting to purchase and sell human organs. In the last eight years, Daleiden secretly recorded Planned Parenthood staff and patients, used fake aliases and government IDs, and even went as far as creating a fake tissue procurement company in order to gain access to private information and conversations.
It’s time we stop wasting taxpayer dollars to investigate an organization that aims to improve not only the health of women but also the health of families. Representative Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY) appropriately deemed the investigations against Planned Parenthood a “witch hunt."
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