Last week, a Harris County grand jury overseen by District Attorney Devon Anderson convened to investigate whether Houston-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast sold fetal tissue declined to take any action against the women’s health service provider. Instead it indicted the undercover investigators behind those allegations.
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt from the pro-life group, The Center for Medical Progress used a hidden camera and then released a video intended to expose the activities of Planned Parenthood. Instead, they were indicted for tampering with a governmental record (using fake ID’s), and Daleiden was indicted on the count of prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs (posing as buyers of harvested organs).
Harris County DA Devon Anderson said she respected the grand jury’s decision. Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, who have ordered their own investigations, said those probes would continue.
It’s extremely ugly that a Harris County grand jury would clear Planned Parenthood, and indict its accusers. It’s troubling that the timing of the indictments spared Anderson a challenge in the March GOP primary. It’s also deeply troubling that 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 franchise targeted by Daleiden.
The old joke in legal circles is that the DA can use the Grand Jury to charge anyone – even a ham sandwich – with anything they want to get an indictment. It’s especially troubling that the evidence presented by Anderson – which on its face seems incontrovertible – would result not in an indictment of the abortion mill on the Gulf Fwy, but of the group working hardest to expose the corruption at the center of the organization. The question that naturally arises is; what evidence did the grand jury see?
Daleiden and his group are not fakes or phonies. The events they documented on video were not hoaxes, faked or edited in order to deceive. They were documented cases of criminal activity and self-incrimination. The indisputable facts are:
- Planned Parenthood has a vested interest in maximizing the number of abortions they perform and the resulting increased revenue.
2. Planned Parenthood uses Partial-Birth Abortions, and customizes abortion methods in order to harvest valuable parts in a way designed to maximize revenue.
3. Planned Parenthood Senior Executives have been documented as haggling over the prices for baby parts, and changing abortion methods used to harvest those parts.
4. Planned Parenthood VP said on video that during the abortion process, fetuses may emerge intact, and agreed payments would be specific to the specimen (more money for intact babies), which are “just a matter of line items.”
While the grand jury declined to indict Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, this does not exonerate Planned Parenthood as an organization. Far too many times in far too many ways, and for far too long, Planned Parenthood has been exposed by multiple investigations as an organization willing to skirt, bend or ignore the law in pursuit of furthering an extreme agenda and maximizing profit.
There is a good reason why the hashtag #PPSellsBabyParts continues to trend on Twitter months after the initial revealing videos first emerged.