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CMP project lead David Daleiden

CALIFORNIA, March 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of California charged pro-life investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) with 15 crimes Tuesday. 

CMP's undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of aborted baby body parts spurred a Congressional investigation and calls for the abortion company to be stripped of its federal tax dollars.

“These bogus charges from Planned Parenthood's political cronies are fake news,” said Daleiden in a statement to LifeSiteNews. “They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and both the charges and the DA were thrown out.” 

“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics—currently being prosecuted in Orange County—who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law. I look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased video tapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise.”

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In January, a Congressional panel made numerous criminal referrals against Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, the Orange County District Attorney is pursuing legal action against two companies intimately involved in the collection of fetal body parts. A Congressional panel determined one of these companies, StemExpress, was in contempt of Congress last year after it refused to comply with its investigation.

CMP's investigation showed footage of Planned Parenthood workers picking through the body parts of aborted babies in a tray, admitting they alter abortion procedures to obtain more “intact” body parts, and discussing how baby body parts are “just a matter of line items.” 

Pro-abortion politicians and the abortion lobby have attempted to silence the CMP journalists. Daleiden and Merritt were charged with a felony for using false indentification to enter a Planned Parenthood in Texas. In July 2016, these charges were dropped.

The felonies in California with which Daleiden and Merritt are charged are “intentionally and without the consent of all parties” involved recording “confidential” communications.

The CMP investigators “used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet women’s healthcare providers and covertly record the private discussions they initiated,” according to a press release from the California Attorney General's office.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

The former attorney general of California, pro-abortion Kamala Harris, is now a United States senator. She ordered a raid on Daleiden's home to seize his undercover footage of Planned Parenthood.

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