A Grand Jury in Harris County, Texas may have done the pro-life movement a huge favor. Instead of indicting Planned Parenthood for selling baby parts (which should be obviously clear to anyone who has watched the Center for Medical Progress videos), they’ve indicted CMP’s founder David Daleiden.
David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Why would this be a favor to the pro-life movement? One reason is because Planned Parenthood, with their high priced attorneys, won’t be the defendant. Daleiden told the Associated Press that he looks forward to confronting Planned Parenthood in court, and he has the Grand Jury to thank for that opportunity.
Of course, PP will claim to be a victim and will milk this with their own supporters for all its worth anyway.
“This is absolutely great news because it is a demonstration of what Planned Parenthood has said from the very beginning: We follow every law and regulation and these anti-abortion activists broke multiple laws to try and spread lies,” said spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
But its not lies, and this proves it. If Daleiden is charged with purchasing human organs, who was selling them? This will surely be a key question at trial, and the answer will have to come from Planned Parenthood.
The videos will be–finally–examined in a court of law for veracity. Whatever laws may have been broken by CMP’s investigative methods won’t amount to a hill of beans if the videos are entered as evidence, examined by a jury, and the truthfulness of that record is established. It’s going to be very uncomfortable for PP executives on the witness stand, under direct and cross-examination by CMP’s defense counsel.
And Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson gets to have it both ways. She used a “ham sandwich” in an election year in Democrat-leaning Houston which can only help her with her re-election campaign.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Anderson, an elected Republican, said in her statement. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us.”
Brilliant. Instead of prosecuting Planned Parenthood, Anderson lets CMP tell their story to a jury, directly question PP, and whatever happens, she comes out looking great. Justice served. I have no idea what Anderson’s views on abortion are, but she and the Grand Jury in Harris County should be thanked for the gift they’ve given the pro-life movement.