War On Women

The Planned Parenthood Hoaxers Have Been Charged

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The perps who started it all have been hit with 15 felony charges by state prosecutors in California.

The anti-abortion activists who selectively edited their footage and accused Planned Parenthood of selling body parts, prompting a congressional investigation and a fresh wave of attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, have been charged with conspiracy.

State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra’s office alleges that David Daleiden and his co-conspirator, Sandra Merritt, filmed 14 people without their consent at meetings with women’s healthcare providers in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Franciso and El Dorado. [...]

Prosecutors filed 14 felony counts of unlawfully recording people without their permission — one count for each person — as well as one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.

Daleiden has responded by calling the charges "fake news" which I don't think is going to hold up in a court room. He can "fake news" himself all the way to prison.

Daleiden and Merritt deserve much worse. Their conspiracy cost state and federal taxpayers a significant amount of money. Federal taxpayers paid for a shambolic congressional investigation by a select committee that quickly devolved into a debate over scientific ethics. State taxpayers paid for numerous failed attempts to defund Planned Parenthood by unilaterally excluding the organization from Medicaid reimbursements. State taxpayers also paid for sweeping health department investigations that turned up nothing.

The conspiracy also led to a wave of death threats against research scientists looking for cures for deadly diseases.

And that's barely scratching the surface of untold devilry.

Elected Republicans in Congress and state legislatures across the country obviously deserve a significant share of the blame for playing along. They chose to exploit an obviously bullshit claim for their own political purposes.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    “They chose to exploit an obviously bullshit claim for their own political purposes”.
    Sadly, more often than not, that’s exactly what conservatives do time after time.
    No wonder it’s resulted in them electing a conman to the Whitehouse.

  • muselet

    The downside to these charges is that it opens the way for Righty AGs in future to go after Lefty groups—or even news organizations—on the same sorts of charges, even if there are no hidden camera/misleading editing shenanigans going on. I won’t go as far as Kevin Drum, who titled his post on the subject “California Should Leave Undercover Video Activists Alone,” but this makes me uneasy.

    Let them plead out to lesser charges, put them on probation and prohibit either one from owning any video equipment for a couple of years and call it a win. Anything more and the fetus fetishists will turn these two knuckleheads into martyrs!

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I hate to repeat myself but as I said earlier today,

    Grifters. Conmen. Snake oil salesmen. Hustlers. Hucksters. Film flam artists. Bullshit artists. AM talk radio hosts.

    The GOP is teeming with ’em.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Their conspiracy cost state and federal taxpayers a significant amount of money. Federal taxpayers paid for a shambolic congressional investigation by a select committee that quickly devolved into a debate over scientific ethics.

    I’d lay the bill for that at the feet of the lawmakers who decided to engage in such obviously ridiculous investigations.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Daleiden has responded by calling the charges “fake news”

    That doesn’t even make sense. It’s “not even wrong”.

    • muselet

      Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch! (Not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong!) –Wolfgang Pauli

      –alopecia

  • fry1laurie

    Oh, to see jail time for them and that weasel O’Keefe.