Above: photo of David Daleiden
By Brian Gibson, Executive Director
January 27, 2016 — As I write this, indictments have just been handed down against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the primary individuals behind the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood (PP) officials’ involvement in the sale of aborted babies and/or their parts. The indictments came after a grand jury was impaneled in Harris County, Texas, where the Houston PP is located.
It is important to understand how our system of justice works in order to begin to understand what has happened. A prosecuting attorney presents “evidence” to a grand jury without a judge or defense attorney present. The legal purpose of the grand jury is to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime. There does not have to be enough evidence to convict the person and the individual may or may not have committed a crime. It is well within the power of a prosecuting attorney to manipulate the “evidence” to either keep someone from being indicted who may be guilty of a crime and to indict someone who is innocent of a crime. Overwhelmingly, prosecutors do not abuse this system, but in this case it seems that a grand jury would most likely agree that an abuse has taken place.
Working in the Harris County District Attorney’s office is a PP board member. (PP is organized as a non-profit corporation. Board members of non-profits function as owners of the corporation without the benefit of being given the profits from that corporation.) And as recent as 2013, a grand jury impaneled by the same prosecuting attorney’s office failed to indict Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, who was accused by three of his former employees of murdering babies born alive during late-term abortions. Photographic evidence provided to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue showed injuries to large aborted babies that was consistent with those claims.
The indictments are for the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs (offering to purchase aborted baby parts) and for Tampering with a Governmental Record (apparently relating to their use of false identities). Keep in mind the undercover videos as you ponder these charges. The Houston, Texas PP was featured in these videos, which revealed the gruesome picking through of the body parts of babies after a day of abortions and employees with this PP discussing the selling of the baby parts, not to Daleiden, but as a normal course of business for them.
The grand jury failed to indict PP, while indicting Daleiden and Merritt. However, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reiterated his call for a full investigation into PP, so the organization could be indicted in the future.
We should not be shocked at this turn of events. PP is the abortion giant. They have positioned themselves with political power and a wealth of funding. Many well placed politicians have their campaigns funded by a PP political action committee. (Minnesota’s Lt. Governor, Tina Smith, is a former PP V.P.) PP had been reeling from the sting of the undercover videos this past summer. Now they are striking back with all they have, calling in political favors from their bought-and-paid-for politicians.
These indictments look to be more for the media and the restoring of PP’s image than anything of real substance. But for David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, these indictments are very serious. It would not be the first time in our jurisprudence system should they be prosecuted and even wrongfully found guilty.
All this should make us realize the grip the demonic spirit of abortion has in our nation. The work of bringing an end to the killing of the innocent will not be without great sacrifice, hard work and, especially, prayer and fasting as never before.