Daleiden Indictment No Game-Changer for Abortion Foes

By Robert King; Paige Winfield Cunningham | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, January 26, 2016 | Go to article overview

Daleiden Indictment No Game-Changer for Abortion Foes


Robert King; Paige Winfield Cunningham, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


David Daleiden's indictment doesn't move the needle for abortion foes, who still believe he exposed the country's largest abortion provider for breaking the law in serious ways.

A Houston-area grand jury that was investigating whether Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast acted illegally through collecting and supplying aborted fetal tissue instead indicted Daleiden, the man who went undercover to investigate the women's health and abortion provider.

Daleiden is now facing a felony charge of tampering with a government record, presumably for using a fake ID to gain entrance to Planned Parenthood facilities, and a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs, although Daleiden has said no real transactions ever occurred.

House Democrats responded to the indictment by pushing for an end to a select panel House Republicans created to investigate fetal tissue practices, prompted by the videos.

"Their investigation needlessly endangers the privacy and safety of patients, healthcare providers and scientists seeking cures that will help all Americans," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who is the top Democrat on the panel. "House Republicans should admit when they're wrong."

But the panel will continue with its work, according to Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

"The lack of respect for infant lives on display in the videos is just as abhorrent today as it was yesterday," Blackburn said, adding that the committee will continue to "gather information and get the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts.[left-to-right]"

Announced late Monday by the Harris County District Attorney's office, the indictment also prompted a stream of support for Daleiden from anti-abortion activists, who view him as a hero of sorts for obtaining the footage that kept Planned Parenthood under fire for months and prompted an effort by Congress to block federal funds to the group.

"It's horrifying that the Houston grand jury failed to indict the organization who was willing to sell baby body parts yet somehow manages to indict the journalist who caught them in the act," said Kristen Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. …

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