Two anti-abortion activists behind the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood were charged with 15 felony counts on Tuesday of invasion of privacy in California.
David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt “used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet women’s healthcare providers and covertly record the private discussions they initiated,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations
In its statement, the Center for Medical Progress denounced the “bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies” and said, “We look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased video tapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise.”
According to Tuesday’s complaint, filed in state Superior Court in San Francisco, Daleiden and Merritt posed as “Robert Sarkis” and “Susan Tennenbaum” of Biomax Procurement Services — a company they made up and registered with false documents, including fake driver’s licenses.
Planned Parenthood was exposed by these journalists for selling baby body parts. Instead of charging Planned Parenthood with the many crimes they have been committing, the journalists are being charged.
Conservative journalists are often persecuted. I hope these charges are dropped and the real criminals in Planned Parenthood and all involved are brought to justice.
Read the full report by NBC new here.
One of the activists tweeted out that he was ready to fight the charges he is facing…
The last time @PPact colluded with political cronies to persecute citizen journalists, both charges AND corrupt DA thrown out! BRING IT ON!!
— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) March 29, 2017
BREAKING: Anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of Planned Parenthood talks charged with 15 felonies in California.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 29, 2017
Investigative journalist, James O’Keefe showed his support to the activists facing charges…
The criminalization of investigative journalism. This is a national disgrace. https://t.co/ykOSGmonVa
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) March 29, 2017