Two anti-abortion activists for the group Center for Medical Progress were indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas for their activities in secretly recording a video which purported to show Planned Parenthood employees illegally selling fetal tissue for profit. The same grand jury has stated that it has found no wrongdoing in its investigations into the operations of Planned Parenthood.
The leader of the center, David R. Daleiden, 27, the director of the center was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and on a misdemeanor charge for trying to purchase human organs.
[Daleiden] had posed as a biotechnology representative to infiltrate Planned Parenthood affiliates and surreptitiously record his efforts to procure tissue for research. Another center employee, Sandra S. Merritt, 62, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record.
The record-tampering charges accused Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt of making and presenting fake California driver’s licenses, with the intent to defraud, for their April meeting at Planned Parenthood in Houston.
Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood has pursued action against Center for Medical Progress in a federal court in San Francisco. These charges include trespassing, invasion of privacy, and illegal secret recording.