An affidavit in one of the court cases resulting from an undercover video investigation of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit sale of the body parts of unborn babies reveals a Texas prosecutor shared confidential details with Planned Parenthood during the investigation.
“The recent filings by the Harris County district attorney confirm that the DA shared confidential documents and information with abortion provider Planned Parenthood, colluding with it in the prosecution of David Daleiden,” said Daleiden’s attorney, Thomas More Society special counsel Peter Breen.
“These filings also include evidence that appears to show that the DA’s office worked with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to undermine the Texas attorney general’s independent investigation of that abortion provider. The conduct of Harris County prosecutors in this case is outrageous and illegal. We look forward to pressing our motion to quash this indictment in court.”
It was Daleiden, through his Center for Medical Progress, who set up a fake company and sent investigators with concealed video cameras to Planned Parenthood clinics. In the videos released throughout 2015, 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.
The charge arose after Daleiden and an associate were indicted by a grand jury assembled by Anderson on counts relating to using an allegedly fake driver’s license, even though the grand jury had been tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood’s possibly illegal body-parts sales.
At the time, the pro-life organization Operation Rescue called for a new “untainted” grand jury.
Anderson’s grand jury indicted Daleiden and Sandra Merritt allegedly 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.
Operation Rescue said at the time the charges against Daleiden and Merritt should be dropped or a special prosecutor “in no way affiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County district attorney’s office or Chip Lewis” needs to be appointed.
OR reported its information “indicates the grand jury indictments against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were likely in retaliation against Operation Rescue for filing a complaint against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, which led to a grand investigation of him in 2013.”
An Associated Press report noted that Planned Parenthood attorney Josh Schaffer said the grand jury “never even voted on possible” charges against Planned Parenthood.
“No vote means no investigation,” Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice president of Operation Rescue, said at the time. “The people are entitled to an unbiased investigation into the serious allegations of illegal conduct by Planned Parenthood. That does not appear to have happened.”
OR explained it filed a 2013 complaint that resulted in a grand-jury investigation of Karpen, who was accused by former co-workers of murdering babies born alive during shoddy abortions.
“Chip Lewis, Karpen’s attorney, falsely accused Operation Rescue of paying three former Karpen employees to testify against him and of ‘doctoring’ grisly photographs of babies Karpen had allegedly murdered, according to witnesses,” OR said.
“Lewis threatened Operation Rescue after no true bill was returned against Karpen. Lewis told the Houston Chronicle, ‘Those responsible for bringing these wholly unfounded allegations against Dr. Karpen will be held responsible for their crimes.’ He further threatened an investigation of Operation Rescue, which never materialized.”
It is Lewis, OR reported, who “has tight connections to District Attorney Devon Anderson.”
“He is a long time personal friend of hers and her now deceased husband, former D.A. Mike Anderson, and is the largest political donor to the Anderson family. It could be assumed that Anderson owes Lewis for his friendship and political favors.”
Anderson’s office filed an opposition to a motion to quash the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt, and in newly released documents, Schaffer, the abortion lawyer, admitted consulting with prosecutors about the information regarding Daleiden’s videos.
“Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast attorney Josh Schaffer admitted in a sworn declaration that the DA’s office shared materials and information with Planned Parenthood, even after the Texas attorney general’s office had forbidden them from doing so,” Daleiden’s attorney explained. “The declaration was included as part of the DA office’s response to David Daleiden’s motion to quash the indictment against him, alleging prosecutorial misconduct.
“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,” the lawyers explained.
Schaffer said, “I was told that the attorney general’s office agreed to give it (the video) 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.”
The legal team explained Mitchell in 2013 “was responsible for a grand jury that refused to indict Houston’s late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen.”
“This was despite photographs and eyewitness testimony that implicated Karpen in illegal late-term abortions and homicide of born-alive infants, similar to Philadelphia’s notoriously convicted Kermit Gosnell.”
Anderson’s office declined to respond to a WND request for comment.
LifeNews reported Anderson’s campaign got more than $25,000 from the lawyer who works for abortion interests. Also, Planned Parenthood has donated $81,000 to Harris.
WND reported a court filing in the case asserted Schaffer “stated that during the grand jury proceedings, he and prosecutors maintained a ‘dialogue … about the details of the case, and kept that going through.'”
“To further demonstrate collusion with the pro-abortion lawyers, an attorney for the National Abortion Foundation, Mr. Derek Foran, announced to the world via The New York Times that he had insider information and ‘learned about the indictments in Texas about a half hour before they were publicly announced,'” court records reveal.
WND reported Rush Limbaugh described the Texas indictments as a “rogue” prosecutor working with a “pro-abortion” staffer inside his own office.
“So all that has to happen is that your rogue prosecutor, working in concert with your pro-abortion activist in the DA’s office, get[s] in the grand jury room and start[s] explaining all this to the grand jury, which is made up of your average Hillary voter, for all we know,” he said on Tuesday. “And you start explaining what really went on here. Here we have this great organization, Planned Parenthood, that’s trying to plan families and trying to protect women from the terrible, almost fatal disease of pregnancy, and here come these rogue agents disguised as journalists, but they don’t have immunity, and they’re the ones who’ve engaged in criminal activity.”
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.
WND also reported when California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate and a well-known advocate of abortion-provider Planned Parenthood, dispatched a squadron of 11 agents to the home of Daleiden to confiscate copies of his videos, which have prompted several congressional investigations that have yet to conclude.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said the grand jury decision won’t affect the state’s investigation of the allegations that Planned Parenthood profits from selling fetal parts.
“The Health and Human Service Commission’s inspector general and the attorney general’s office have an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood’s actions,” said Abbott. “Nothing about [the] 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.”
And American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow noted there are other links between the prosecutor’s office and abortion.
“When you consider the fact that one of the prosecutors in the Harris County district attorney’s office is deeply involved with Planned Parenthood – serving as a board member for the local Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas where the undercover investigation took place – along with the fact that she has served as an active fundraiser for Planned Parenthood for years – you have to ask the question – was this probe tainted? Was there a conflict of interest that produced a biased result?” he asked.