For some time, the pro-life movement has been suspicious of California Attorney General Kamala Harris' relationship with Planned Parenthood. After all, she gave the greenlight to the sudden search of pro-life activist David Daleiden's home. Daleiden is the man behind the shocking Planned Parenthood videos last summer that urged Congress to investigate the organization and introduce bills to defund it. Daleiden and his group, the Center for Medical Progress, posed as a fetal tissue buyer and secretly recorded Planned Parenthood employees negotiating the sale of fetal body parts. The footage exposed the organization as greedy and desensitized to the plight of unborn children. Yet, pro-abortion groups argued the real sin was Daleiden's questionable tactics.
Now, pro-lifers may have some proof that Harris' office was working together to target Daleiden and his pro-life efforts. New emails obtained by the Washington Times appear to show a California Planned Parenthood influencing AB 1671, a bill that would make secretly recording communications with health care providers a crime. The legislation was introduced after Daleiden's investigation.
The emails show Beth Parker, chief legal counsel for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, sending multiple drafts of AB 1671 to Jill Habig, who was at the time special counsel to the attorney general.
“Attached is the language for AB 1671, proposed amendments to Penal Code section 632,” Ms. Parker wrote in an email marked March 8. “I look forward to your thoughts about this.”
Ms. Parker sent a revised draft of the legislation to Ms. Habig on March 16. “Here’s the rewrite of the video tape bill,” she wrote. “Let me know what you think.”
Planned Parenthood donated thousands of dollars to Harris's reelection campaign. Is her office rewarding them by allowing them to have a say in legislation?