The anti-abortion activist behind a series of undercover videos accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal body parts was indicted by a Texas grand jury in a probe that sprang from Republican outrage over the alleged sales.
David Daleiden, who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood employees while posing as a representative of a company specializing in procuring tissue for stem-cell research, faces charges of tampering with a government record, the Harris County District Attorney in Houston said in a statement. Another anti-abortion activist, Sandra Merritt, was also charged in the grand jury indictment, prosecutors said.
Planned Parenthood was cleared of wrongdoing in connection with the allegations in the widely circulated videos that led to demands by Republican presidential candidates and state officials to cut government funding to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood’s national leadership has repeatedly denounced the videos as deceptively edited and designed to inflame public opinion against the nation’s largest abortion provider. Only a handful of its affiliates participate in the fetal tissue donation program, and the organization recently began refusing any compensation to offset the cost of gathering and donating the research specimens.looks like another republican plan to demonize backfired and helped bring attention that ultimately vindicated PP, good work guys we need more of the squelching of your homemade lies no better way to topple than from the inside. the hypocrisy of your caring for fetuses needs to die a slow death too i say slow so as to be forever remembered of their skulduggery and war on women which ultimately creates the same war on families. despicable them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!