The California attorney general slammed pro-life undercover investigator David Daleiden with 15 felony charges on Tuesday, claiming he illegally recorded Planned Parenthood abortion workers and groups that distribute aborted babies’ body parts.
The Associated Press reports California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, announced the charges Tuesday against Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress. Daleiden and CMP fired back with a new video exposing Planned Parenthood.
California requires that both parties consent to be recorded. Becerra alleges that Daleiden and Merritt broke the law by filming their conversations with abortionists and others without their consent, according to the report.
Here’s more from the AP:
Prosecutors say Daleiden, of Davis, California, and Merritt, of San Jose, filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. The 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.
The Center for Medical Progress responded on Tuesday by calling the charges “bogus.”
“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners,” Daleiden’s group said in a statement. “We look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased videotapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise, in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.”
The California Attorney General’s office has been going after Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress for more than a year after CMP’s undercover investigation exposed potentially illegal sales of aborted babies’ body parts at Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities across the U.S.
In 2016, the attorney general’s office, at the time under pro-abortion Democrat Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s apartment in California and took his video recordings.
Texas prosecutors filed similar charges against Daleiden and Merritt last year, but the charges later were dismissed.
The Center for Medical Progress said Tuesday: “They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and failed: both the charges and the DA were thrown out. The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics—currently being prosecuted in California—who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law.”
The abortion chain Planned Parenthood continues to deny any wrong-doing.
“Planned Parenthood has done nothing wrong, and the only people who broke the law are those behind the fraudulent tapes,” said Mary Alice Carter, interim vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood, in a statement.
The Center for Medical Progress released a new, never-before-seen video on Wednesday, exposing how an Arizona Planned Parenthood abortionist possibly could be covering up infanticide.
DeShawn Taylor, previous medical director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, explains to the investigators, “In Arizona, if the fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.”
One investigator then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of of life?”
Taylor replies, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Taylor then laughs as she repeats what the Arizona law requires, and says, “It’s a mess. It’s a mess.”
Dr. Taylor also mentions she was trained by Dr. Deb Nucatola. In CMP’s first-released video in July 2015, Nucatola discussed the per-specimen pricing of fetal tissue and harvesting intact hearts, lungs, livers, and brains using what appears to be a partial-birth abortion method.
Daleiden said of the new video: “The only difference between Planned Parenthood’s barbaric abortion business, and that of the notorious Dr. Kermit Gosnell, is that Gosnell was not so careful as to ‘pay attention to who’s in the room.’ Elected officials must stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s criminal abortion business, and the Department of Justice must immediately open a full investigation and prosecute Planned Parenthood to the fullest extent of the law.”