Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion video producers


By now you’ve probably heard that a Harris County (Houston) Texas grand jury was convened several months ago to investigate Planned Parenthood and charges that it was selling baby parts.

The case started in August, when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican and an outspoken opponent of abortion and Planned Parenthood, asked Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to open a criminal investigation into the organization.

The charges stemmed from videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that investigated and secretly recorded videos purportedly showing that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the indictment.

After viewing all the evidence, the grand jury concluded that the lawbreakers were in fact the people who produced the video, not Planned Parenthood. While PP was cleared of any wrongdoing, David R. Daleiden, director of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra S. Merritt, a Center employee, were indicted on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Daleiden was also indicted on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.

Tampering with a governmental record is a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.



12 thoughts on “Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion video producers

  1. I guess now we will see just where those human organs were going to be purchased from and how they were obtained. You can not be charged with purchasing or attempted purchasing of human organs if non were being sold! The truth will come out.

    1. The truth has already come out. Daleiden can and has been charged with attempting to purchase human organs. He failed because they were not and are not being sold, but his attempt was a misdemeanor nonetheless.

  2. Apparently creating a fictitious entity to entrap someone into committing a crime is illegal.

    Unless of course you’re a Houston Police Woman pretending to be a prostitute entrapping citizens with imaginary sexual favors. There’s no paper trail required in that case because prostitutes don’t need a license or any other documentation to ply their trade. If buying fetal tissue were illegal, the Center for Medical Progress wouldn’t have needed any counterfeit documents to verify their authenticity.

    Paperwork is what got Capone convicted…

... and that's my two cents