David Daleiden, the man behind the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, has been the target of pro-abortion activists and lawmakers ever since his organization released an undercover video investigation last summer capturing Planned Parenthood employees negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts. The exposé shocked Americans and moved Congress to launch investigations into Planned Parenthood and demand we cancel its federal funding.
In January, however, a Houston grand jury excused Planned Parenthood from wrongdoing and instead chose to indict Daleiden for violating the state's “prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs." Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson gladly accepted their decision.
As the case got underway, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton forbid Anderson from sharing evidential material with Planned Parenthood. Yet, new reports reveal he blatantly ignored those rules. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast attorney Josh Schaffer admitted such in a sworn declaration.
Under oath, Schaffer admitted that he and Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell attempted to do an end-run around the Texas Attorney General’s directive to Mitchell to not share raw video footage with Planned Parenthood: “I was told that the Attorney General’s office agreed to give it to the Harris County District Attorney’s office on the condition that they not give it to Planned Parenthood. Mitchell told me that she would try to obtain the footage by other means.”
Since reporting on Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts, Daleiden has faced threats from just about every leading abortion activist. Liberal lawmakers dismissed his group’s videos, calling them misleading and “highly edited.” Then, California Attorney General Kamala Harris ordered the raid of his home to find the Planned Parenthood tapes. Protesters demanded she resign as a result of her breach of authority.
These groups can collude against the right to life all they want, but nothing can erase the content of those stomach-churning videos. Hopefully the Houston DA and Planned Parenthood face justice for their illegal action.