Pro-Life Investigators Charged With 15 Felonies in California

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The undercover investigators behind the infamous Planned Parenthood tapes have been charged with 15 felony counts in the state of California stemming from their shocking expose. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress are being charged with filming 14 Californians without their permission – one felony count each – and for carrying out a “criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.”

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” said state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

The prosecution was praised by Planned Parenthood officials. Mary Alice Carter, a spokesperson for the abortionists, released a statement that said it was a victory for women and everyone in the healthcare industry.

“As we have said from the beginning, and as more than a dozen different state investigations have made clear: Planned Parenthood has done nothing wrong, and the only people who broke the law are those behind the fraudulent tapes,” Carter said. “The California attorney general filing criminal charges sends a clear message that you cannot target women and you cannot target health care providers without consequences. We look forward to justice being served.”

In a statement of his own, Daleiden said the prosecution was unjust and politically-motivated.

“The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news,” he said. “They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, Texas, 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 years in direct violation of state and federal law.”

The charges against CMP are fairly straightforward, though, and state prosecutors don’t generally bring charges they can’t prove. It may well be that Daleiden and Merritt violated the law, and if they did, it’s hard to characterize the charges as “bogus” or “fake news.”

That said, even if they did break the law, they did so for a purpose greater than themselves. Maybe that won’t get them off the hook when the case goes before a jury, but you can be legally wrong and morally right at the same time. When the law says that recording a person without their permission is a felony but profiting off aborted babies is perfectly fine, then perhaps the law is not the ultimate authority. We don’t encourage anyone to break it, but when the meaning of justice has become this perverted, we can’t condemn it too harshly either.