Texas prosecutor with link to Planned Parenthood charges pro-life whistleblowers

Planned Parenthood senior executive: organ harvesting so she can get a Lamborghini
Planned Parenthood senior executive: organ harvesting so she can get a Lamborghini

The Federalist has the story:

Months after the release of undercover videos detailing Planned Parenthood’s scheme to traffic aborted baby body parts, a grand jury has finally brought brought criminal charges. Not against Planned Parenthood, but against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist behind the undercover sting videos.

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, returned two charges on Monday afternoon against Daleiden, the activist who planned and organized the undercover sting videos. Although the grand jury allegedly investigated Planned Parenthood, no charges were brought against the nation’s largest abortion provider, whose executives were shown in multiple videos attempting to sell trafficked organs and other body parts harvested from aborted babies. One Planned Parenthood executive, while haggling over the prices of aborted baby organs, noted that she needed to get the right price because, “I want to buy a Lamborghini.”

According to a press release from the office of Harris County district attorney’s office which was provided to The Federalist, Daleiden was charged with the purchase and sale of human organs, a misdemeanor, and with tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Sandra Merritt, one of Daleiden’s associates, was also charged with tampering with a governmental record.

“For more than two months, the 232nd Grand Jury extensively reviewed the joint investigation into allegations of misconduct by PPGC,” stated the press release. “This grand jury cleared PPGC of breaking the law. However, the grand jury did hand down indictments for two individuals who were involved in making the allegations against PPGC public via covert recordings made in April 2015.”

Lauren Reeder, one of the prosecutors in the Harris County district attorney’s office, revealed last August that she was a member of the board of directors for the Planned Parenthood affiliate that was targeted by Daleiden.

Reeder’s LinkedIn page indicates that she has been a Planned Parenthood board member since 2013 and a fundraiser for the abortion provider since 2009.

The maximum sentence for “tampering with a governmental record” (using a fake ID, which almost every teen does) is 20 years.

Well, what happens next? This Houston Chronicle says:

Days after Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced that she was launching a criminal investigation into the Houston-area branch of Planned Parenthood, Anderson said she had learned one of her subordinates was on the board of directors of the agency.

[…]”She will not be involved in any manner in this investigation,” Anderson said. “If at any time in the future, reliable and credible information is brought to my attention that would question our ability to continue to perform a fair, thorough and independent investigation of this matter due to her board membership, I will revisit the issue of seeking the appointment of an independent prosecutor and act accordingly.”

Seems to me that there should be a special prosecutor, because the district attorney’s office is obviously not going to be impartial. Even if the Planned Parenthood woman is not involved directly, she works with the people who are involved. The best thing to do is get a special prosecutor.

Meanwhile, the state of Texas is continuing to investigate Planned Parenthood as a result of the videos.

6 thoughts on “Texas prosecutor with link to Planned Parenthood charges pro-life whistleblowers”

  1. “Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.
    Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    and clever in their own sight.
    Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
    and champions at mixing drinks,
    who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
    but deny justice to the innocent.” – Isaiah 5:20-23

  2. As a non-American ….

    What is the big deal with Planned Parenthood, that makes people so devoted to them?

    The argument in Canada tends to be that abortion is a simple procedure that is inexpensive and can be done by just about any doctor (although probably preferably an OBGYN) with training in the procedure, and is funded through medicare.

    Without saying I support the procedure, why would hospitals not do it as an out-patient procedure and just bill whomever Planned Parenthood is billing? Why do you need a huge corporate entity in the US for something that Canada does as normal medical procedure, especially since it sounds like insurance coverage for the procedure is mandatory?

    Do you have equal sized corporate entities with such devotion for appendectomies? (I use that as an example, as that is roughly how complex and expensive to treat as it might be portrayed rhetorically here.)

    1. I think there may be an historical precedent here. Under National Socialism, it is my understanding that corporations worked hand in hand with government to carry out the Final Solution. It is interesting that the kill rate in those long ago days almost equally matches the American kill rate via abortion: ~3000 humans per day.

      1. It seems to be so obvious, from outside at least, that there is no purpose to such an organization to perform simple out-patient procedures that could be done at any medical facility.

        The argument I hear from the US, is if they don’t do it there will be no access.

        In Canada, the argument isn’t whether it can easily be done in a regular hospital, but rather trying to reduce how far one has to drive to find one that bothers to do it.

        1. Indeed. What is fascinating is that here in the US, when abortion was illegal, some 90% of illegal abortions were done in doctor’s offices. Today, most states allow a limited number of abortions in regular OB offices, which may very well be safer and cleaner than most abortuaries.

          I am against abortion, of course – it is the worst crime against humanity in the world’s history. But, there is no reason whatsoever that Planned Parenthood should exist – except of course to make money off of legalized killing. And the CEO of this “non-profit” makes a cool half a million per year and is subsidized by the American taxpayer.

  3. Often wonder….

    If there was a prenatal test for homo/trans-sexualism, and a cis-het-womyn decides to abort after a positive result, which would be the politically correct response?

    Is it still only the womyn’s choice, or does selective abortion due to non-normative sexual orientation trump it as a hate crime?

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