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Criminal charges

Creators of Planned Parenthood fetal tissue videos indicted on felony charges

By WITW Staff on January 25, 2016

Two anti-abortion activists who created undercover videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue have been indicted on felony charges by a Texas grand jury, The New York Times reports. A grand jury in Houston, Texas, was charged with investigating whether Planned Parenthood had committed any crimes during the discussions that were shown in the video, but instead cleared the organization and indicted the makers of the film, who worked for an anti-abortion group known as the Center for Medical Progress. David Daleiden, 26, the director of the Center, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs, while Sandra Merritt, an employee of the Center, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.

The secretly-recorded videos set off a widespread backlash against Planned Parenthood by Republican lawmakers at the federal and state level when they were released last year, leading many legislators to call for a ban on government funding for Planned Parenthood. Several investigations have since cleared the organization of any wrongdoing.

This month in federal court in San Francisco, Planned Parenthood sued the center, Daleiden and other abortion opponents involved in the videos.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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