It’s a “sad day” for America, according to a member of Congress, that a Texas grand jury would indict two pro-life activists for uncovering Planned Parenthood’s baby body-parts trade.
“I am profoundly disappointed in this miscarriage of justice but it will not deter our efforts in Congress to hold Planned Parenthood accountable,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.
She was reacting Monday to a decision by a Harris County grand jury to clear a local Planned Parenthood clinic of a charge of selling parts of aborted babies and, instead, indict the two anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation.
David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt posed as executives of a fake biomedical research company to capture with a hidden camera Planned Parenthood doctors and clinic managers discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue for profit.
The two were accused of tampering with a governmental record, a felony that carries a punishment of up to 20 years. Daleiden also was indicted with a misdemeanor for the alleged purchase and sale of human organs.
District Attorney Devon Anderson said: “We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. 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.”
Black, a nurse for more than 40 years and the author of the House-approved Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, said the indictment was “politically motivated.”
CMP said it “uses 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 follows all applicable laws.”
“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.”
Black said: “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,.”
WND reported last week that records show Planned Parenthood’s Wisconsin affiliate “provided researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the hearts and brains of unborn babies up to 18 weeks old and within five minutes of being aborted.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom noted Friday that both the university and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin have “denied any such exchange.”
“Planned Parenthood has once again demonstrated its willingness to cover up its role in the gruesome baby parts trade,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman. “Both Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and UW-Madison publicly denied they had any arrangement to supply baby parts from women undergoing abortion to researchers conducting gruesome experiments, but the documents we obtained prove they were not telling the truth.”
Because of the revelations in the videos, Congress moved to deny $500 million in annual funding from U.S. taxpayers to the abortionists. The move was derailed by the Democrats and President Obama.
Several states, however, have cut Planned Parenthood funding, and, in Wisconsin, a bill would significantly restrict public funding for abortionists.
ADF said one of Madison’s studies found that researchers obtained hearts and brains from babies aborted “between 10 and 18 weeks of gestational age” within five minutes of the procedure.
“After the procedure, the heart was grasped with sterilized surgical instruments and carefully isolated from the rest of the thoracic content … Fetal brain was also collected in the same fashion,” it said.
WND reported earlier this month Planned Parenthood sued the undercover video investigators. The National Abortion Federation said they “must be held accountable for the ways in which they committed fraud and put our members’ safety at risk.”
The Center for Medical Progress called the suit frivolous, describing it as a “last-ditch move of desperation” that is “going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates.”
However, some members of Congress said the legal action is an attempt at misdirection by Planned Parenthood.
“This is the Planned Parenthood way,” Black said at the time.
“They are confronted with a horrific truth they cannot defend, so they seek a victory in the courts instead. It won’t work. Thanks to the courageous efforts of the Center for Medical Progress, a veil was lifted and the American people were able to see Planned Parenthood’s callous disrespect for life with their own eyes,” she said.
“These videos have been proven to be authentic – no matter how many times Cecile Richards says otherwise – and no one can deny that they clearly depict Planned Parenthood’s own employees, in their own words, offering stunning admissions of what happens behind closed doors. Instead of attacking the messenger, perhaps it’s time for Planned Parenthood to take a good look in the mirror. This is the grim reality of today’s big abortion business and it is long past time to prevent taxpayers from being forced to foot the bill.”
The Center for Medical Progress set up a fake company and sent investigators with concealed video cameras to Planned Parenthood clinics. Planned Parenthood doctors and managers were caught haggling over the price of baby body parts. A number of them talked about being paid per item, how they could adjust abortion procedures to salvage requested body parts and how they could create a revenue stream from such transactions.
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.