I come from a belief that whenever “evidence” of any kind comes from an activist group (even those with which I agree) I always encourage people to be fairly skeptical because, unfortunately, many activists are sometimes so consumed with an agenda that facts and the truth often become disposable.
This is especially so when you get to fairly radical activist groups, such as many of the anti-abortion groups whose primary goal is to deprive women of the right to have control over their own bodies. These groups are fairly notorious for doing whatever they can to slander the organizations or medical providers that provide abortion services to women. They often turn to tactics of intimidation, shame, humiliation or even violence as we saw a couple of months ago at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.
Well, in some good news for Planned Parenthood, much to the dismay of anti-abortion activists, a Harris Country grand jury has decided not to take action against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, citing the fact that the evidence presented to them showed no signs of wrongdoing or illegal activity.
However, the two individuals who made these false allegations against Planned Parenthood, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, have been indicted by the grand jury. These two were involved in undercover videos that circulated around the Internet last year that were carefully edited to make it appear as if officials from Planned Parenthood were discussing fees associated with obtaining fetal tissue and donations.
As reported by ABC13:
A grand jury has decided to not take action against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, according to the Harris County DA’s Office.
The grand jury studied the case alleging misconduct by Planned Parenthood for more than two months and decided that no laws were broken. However indictments were handed down for two people involved in making allegations against Planned Parenthood.
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have both been indicted by the grand jury for Tampering with a Governmental Record. An additional indictment for Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs has been issued for Daleiden.
Essentially what the grand jury found was that these two willfully and deliberately tried to tamper with and fabricate “evidence” against Planned Parenthood in their attempts to slander the women’s health organization. Not that this should surprise any rational person. It’s ridiculous to believe that people who are deliberately setting out to try to slander Planned Parenthood would have handled the editing of these videos ethically and truthfully. Clearly these two went into making these videos with the intent of editing them in such a way as to make it appear that the women’s health organization was breaking the law and “selling baby parts” for profit – which wasn’t at all true.
While this clearly doesn’t signal an “end” for anti-abortion activists trying to take down Planned Parenthood, this is a huge victory for Constitutional pro-choice advocates who continue to fight for women’s rights and for an organization that provides millions of women with much-needed health care services.