The state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress with 15 crimes on Tuesday, March 28th.
David Daleiden’s undercover videos sparked the #PPSellsBabyParts hashtag across various social media sites as well as the push to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress. The now infamous series of videos show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the transfer and value of human baby parts harvested via abortion services at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Many in the Pro-Life movement and outside the movement were shocked by the cold demeanor of the employees in the undercover videos. Prices for different organs at different stages of development are discussed in the videos.
Viewers were also disgusted to see actual footage of dismembered babies being calmly poked and prodded by Planned Parenthood employees. The videos are a testament to investigative journalism and were an important step in revealing the business practices of Planned Parenthood executives.
When Houston, Texas tried to bring charges a year ago in this matter, Judge Andrew Napolitano had this to say on Fox News “So the prosecutor investigates this, and she decides to present a case to a grand jury — I haven’t seen a grand jury transcript yet, but we will — not charging Planned Parenthood with selling body parts, but charging the journalists who were testing Planned Parenthood with participating in actual conspiracy to sell body parts.”
David Daleiden referenced the same case in his statements “These bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news,” said Daleiden in a statement to LifeSiteNews. “They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and both the charges and the DA were thrown out.”
In the California case, the defendants are being charged with 14 counts of violating privacy under California Penal Code section 632 as well as one count of conspiracy. Normally, investigative journalists are not charged under California’s privacy laws, primarily because the standard for what is “private” is so strict. Under Penal Code section 632(c) any conversation which can be overheard is fair game –
“(c) For the purposes of this section, “confidential communication” means any communication carried on in circumstances as may reasonably indicate that any party to the communication desires it to be confined to the parties thereto, but excludes a communication made in a public gathering or in any legislative, judicial, executive, or administrative proceeding open to the public, or in any other circumstance in which the parties to the communication may reasonably expect that the communication MAY BE OVERHEARD or recorded.”
So, was this a case of privacy invasion or investigative journalists doing their job?
I believe it must be the latter.
Citizens need to know when recipients of federal aid are participating in the transfer of and possible sales of human baby body parts. However, this is not the case for many in the media. For example, Vocactiv called the videos “fake” and construed the defendants as criminal monsters, not journalists.
Where is the media outrage? What about the First Amendment? It is shameful to see these California activists railroaded to the cheers of progressive news outlets.
The progressive media failed to disclose the thousands of dollars the Attorney General, who charged the investigative journalist with 15 felonies, has received from Planned Parenthood.