Anti Abortion Activists Who Hid Camera To Investigate Planned Parenthood Charged With 15 Felony Counts
In the era of President Donald Trump, there’s been a lot of talk around Planned Parenthood and the funding it receives. Recently, The Washington Post reported that two anti-abortion activists- who hid cameras to investigate Planned Parenthood- have been charged with 15 felony counts. The felony counts are due to laws surrounding health care provider privacy, as these recordings obtained “confidential information without… consent.”
The extremes David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the two anti-abortion activists went to, are truly nuts. According to The Washington Post, they used “manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company” in order to score meetings with medical officials and record the conversations they had with them.
Due to their actions, both Daleiden and Merritt are faced with a “felony count for each person covertly recorded, and an additional felony charge for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.”
Daleiden spoke out to The Washington Post about the charges, claiming they are “completely bogus” and that the work he and Merritt were donig was “citizen journalism par excellence.”
Meanwhile, Mary Alice Carter, the Vice President of Communications for the Planned Parent Federation of America, said the following in a statement: “The California Attorney General filing criminal charges sends a clear message that you cannot target women and you cannot target health care providers without consequences. We look forward to justice being served.”