How Planned Parenthood Escaped Justice

James Rosen reports from Washington, D.C.


It’s been a shocking turn of events. Investigative videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s horrific sale of human fetal tissue will now, apparently, not harm the organization that did the selling.

Instead, it will harm two of the individuals who brought this horrific story to light: the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, and one of its employees, Sandra Merritt. The two were indicted by a Texas grand jury, while Planned Parenthood, the country’s biggest abortion provider, seemingly will come out of the scandal unscathed, at least for now.

Daleiden and Merritt face felony charges of tampering with a government record, while Daleiden also faces a misdemeanor charge for purchasing human organs.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson about the decision. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

Many questions remain about this, including which government record was tampered with. The Center for Medical Progress issued a statement on Tuesday pointing out the glaring inconsistency of the findings.

"We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well. Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see."

The Center for Medical Progress also defended its use of "the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and (it followed) all applicable laws."

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who was a nursing professional before she became a lawmaker, wrote the House-passed "Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015," and said she was "profoundly disappointed" in the indictments.

"It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who expose their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead," she said.

Planned Parenthood is already celebrating the indictment as a victory.

"These anti-abortion extremists spent three years creating a fake company, creating fake identities, lying, and breaking the law. When they couldn't find any improper or illegal activity, they made it up," said Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The implication that the videos were dramatized is being proclaimed from the rooftops by every Planned Parenthood executive in America. But the Center for Medical Progress has already released countless hours of unedited footage.

Even so, the edited video does not explain the actual words from the mouths of Planned Parenthood employees. In one of the videos, an employee said, "Because number one, the Federal Abortion Ban is a law, and laws are up to interpretation."

In Planned Parenthood's case, it seems the law isn't just up to interpretation — the law doesn't really apply.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state's investigation of Planned Parenthood is continuing.

"The Health and Human Service Commission’s inspector general and the attorney general’s office have an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood’s actions," his office told LifeNews. "Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation. The State of Texas will continue to protect life, and I will continue to support legislation prohibiting the sale or transfer of fetal tissue."

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