The fact checkers at Snopes are at it again, misleading their readers about abortion and the pro-life advocates who defend unborn babies.
Its latest fact check claimed it is “inaccurate and misleading” to say that Kamala Harris, a former California attorney general and current Democrat vice presidential candidate, “declined to prosecute Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts, but prosecuted the journalists who exposed that crime.”
But the truth is that Harris did use her power as California attorney general to ignore the accusations against Planned Parenthood, her political ally, and go after the undercover investigators who exposed its aborted baby body parts trade instead.
Harris, who quickly rose to power in the Democratic Party, is infamous in pro-life circles for using her power to attack political opponents.
After Center for Medical Progress journalist David Daleiden released undercover videos exposing the abortion chain’s aborted baby parts dealings, many state prosecutors launched investigations into Planned Parenthood.
Harris did the opposite. Rather than investigate the allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally sold aborted baby body parts, she raided Daleiden’s home and took the undercover footage that he had recorded.
In 2017, the California attorney general’s office charged Daleiden and fellow journalist Sandra Merritt with 15 felony charges related to state privacy and recording laws. Daleiden and Merritt are still fighting for justice in court against current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a pro-abortion Democrat. They could face jail time, if convicted.
According to Snopes, “Although then-Attorney General Harris was involved with the initial investigation of Daleiden and Merritt, she had left that office to take her seat in the U.S. Senate two months before charges were first brought against the pair by her successor, Xavier Becerra.”
Yet, there is no question that Harris led the initial efforts to prosecuted the two journalists; at the same time, she was accepting campaign donations and other support from Planned Parenthood. Even the pro-abortion Los Angeles Times editorial board criticized her office for prosecuting the journalists in a way that jeopardizes the freedom of the press, calling it a “disturbing overreach.”
What’s more, an Orange County, California prosecutor did investigate Daleiden’s findings and shut down two companies that sold aborted baby body parts in 2017.
Earlier this year, Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress filed a lawsuit against Harris and Becerra for conspiracy to violate his First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights.
“The California Attorney General first admitted that they are enforcing the video recording law solely based on how they feel about the message being published, and then further admitted they are not even trying to follow the text of the law as written,” Daleiden said.
The lawsuit says Harris, the former attorney general, and Becerra used state video-recording laws as a “political weapon” to silence speech that they disagree with.