On his Facebook page, anti-abortion activist David Daleiden posted Tuesday that his home had been raided by the California Department of Justice, which seized a laptop and multiple hard drives.
Daleiden was indicted in January on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and on a misdemeanor charge for trying to purchase human organs. He is the leader of the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-abortion organization responsible for the undercover filming and releasing of videos which purported to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue.
While Daleiden considered himself a citizen journalist, the illegal methods he employed to obtain video footage inside of a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic included using fake drivers licenses and pretending to represent a company trying to buy fetal tissue.
Planned Parenthood denies all allegations related to the sale of fetal tissue and, so far, several states have investigated and found no evidence of wrongdoing. The allegations were found to have no merit by the same grand jury which indicted Daleiden.
“David Daleiden’s lies are catching up with him,” Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Erica Sackin said in a statement. “The only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the extremists who broke multiple laws to spread lies about Planned Parenthood — and it looks like they’re finally being held accountable.”
“We fully support a thorough investigation into the activities perpetrated by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress,” said Vicki Saporta, the president of the National Abortion Federation, another of Daleiden’s targets. “As the evidence has shown in our case, he engaged in a long-running criminal conspiracy. His actions are not without consequences.”
Also on Tuesday, the National Abortion Federation issued a statement along with the 2015 statistics on violence and threats against abortion providers. The report states that whereas there was only one death threat made to an abortion provider in 2014, there were 94 direct threats made in 2015. The NAF describes a clear link between Daleiden’s videos and increasing violent acts such as Robert Dear’s killing spree at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs in November 2015 and threats of violence.
Our 2015 statistics reflect a dramatic increase in hate speech and internet harassment, death threats, attempted murder, and murder, which coincided with the release of heavily-edited, misleading, and inflammatory videos beginning in July. Since 1977, there have been 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 185 arsons, and thousands of incidents of criminal activities directed at abortion providers. Three of those murders happened in November 2015, when Robert Dear opened fire at an abortion facility in Colorado Springs, killing three people and wounding nine others. This clinic is part of the Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains affiliate, which was featured in the highly-edited, inflammatory videos. When police arrested Dear, he made a reference to part of the video smear campaign.
This attack in Colorado followed a documented and unprecedented increase in hate speech and threats immediately following the release of the misleading videos. After each video, social media, blogs, and news websites were filled with inflammatory comments about the doctors who were misrepresented in the videos, including that they were “evil,” “vile,” “inhuman,” “murderers,” and that abortion providers “deserve everything they have coming” to them.
The NAF has been compiling uses and threats of violence against abortion providers for nearly 40 years. For the first time they asked an outside security firm to assist with tracking the dramatic rise of online threats following the Colorado Springs shootings committed by Robert Dear, who told police he had been inspired by the smear videos.
In his statement on Facebook, Daleiden lashed out at the California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who accepted campaign funding from Planned Parenthood, calling her “Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG.”
A spokeswoman for Harris told the Washington Post that she was unable to comment on an ongoing investigation. It appears however, that California is continuing to look for more links to criminal activity from the Center for Medical Progress.