Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

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A Planned Parenthood in New York City. (File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood has indicted two anti-abortion activists who covertly shot videos of the organization.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Monday that Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.

A news release announcing the indictment doesn’t say what the record was.

Anderson said the grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.

The Center for Medical Progress is the anti-abortion group that released covertly shot videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

A phone message left with the group wasn’t immediately returned.


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  • Kevin Rahe

    It seems like libel would be a much more serious charge, but apparently PP’s contention that the videos were heavily edited to make it look like they were doing something that they actually weren’t didn’t pan out. This is nothing but a political hit job through and through.

      • Kevin Rahe

        In some states libel can be criminal as well.
        “Heavily edited” is really a meaningless accusation. Practically everything you see on a video screen is “heavily edited,” including political ads, though with the possible exception of some sorry reality shows. The question is, did the editing result in the implication that something happened that actually didn’t? I haven’t seen anyone mount a defense of PP in those terms.


    No PPH got busted doing doing something so despicable and evil its beyond words.
    Just don’t forget who’s president and which party controls the media.And who appointed the judge.
    Every american should be forced to watch those videos. before being allowed to vote.
    Any person or party that supports the atrocities committed on those videos needs a morality check..