Anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged Tuesday with 15 felonies for producing undercover videos of themselves attempting to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.
According to reports, Daleiden said that the “bogus” charges are coming from “Planned Parenthood’s political cronies.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that the two “used a fictitious bio research company to meet with women’s health care providers and covertly record them,” thus invading “the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.”
“Daleiden and Merritt allegedly filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person and the 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy,” according to the report.
“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners,” Daleiden said.
Planned Parenthood put out a tweet saying that the charges send a “clear message… You can’t target women & health care providers without consequences.”
In January of 2016, Daleiden and Merritt were indicted on similar charges in Texas; however, all charges were dropped after prosecutors said a grand jury had “overstepped its authority.” Having said it found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, the grand jury instead turned on Daleiden and Merritt.
H/T: Fox News
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