Planned Parenthood videos: Anti-abortion activists charged with 15 crimes for secret tapes

David Robert Daleiden, left, and Sandra Merritt.


Two anti-abortion activists who are undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue of Planned Parenthood were charged with 15 crimes, California, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Attorney-General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Becerra said the two used a fictitious company bioresearch to meet with women’s health care providers, and secretly recording.

The prosecutors said that they invasion of the privacy of medical providers and filming without permission.

Daleiden and Merritt allegedly filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado county. A misdemeanor count was filed for each person, and the 15th was for criminal conspiracy to violate the privacy.

Daleiden called the charges “bogus” and that they were coming from “Planned Parenthood’s political cronies.”

“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners,” Daleiden said.

Planned Parenthood said in a tweet that the cost to send a “clear message… You can not target women and health care providers without consequences.”

Daleiden and Merritt had previously been indicted in Texas on similar charges in January 2016, but the charges were eventually dropped in July as prosecutors said a grand jury had exceeded its authority. The grand jury was originally convened to investigate Planned Parenthood, but after finding the family, turned around and accused Daleiden and Merritt in the place.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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