Anti-Abortion Activists Indicted for Fake Planned Parenthood Videos

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Remember last summer when videos surfaced “proving” that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue for profit? If so, you may remember how a number of Republican-led states launched investigations into the allegations, while Republican legislators tried to defund the group. And if you’ve been paying attention, you know that none of those investigations have ever proven the allegations to be true. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that a Texas grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrong-doing, while also indicting two anti-abortion activists.

That’s the weird part, as normally, a grand jury doesn’t spin around and indict someone other than the initial defendant. But in this case, they not only found that there was no wrong-doing on Planned Parenthood’s fault, but found evidence that the activists had broken a number of laws in their attempt to slander the women’s health organization.

The grand jury was the end result of a probe ordered by Texas governor Greg Abbot, a probe that Planned Parenthood and basically everyone else has decried as being politically motivated. That probe did not end the way Abbot and others had hoped, and instead resulted in David Daleidan and Sandra Merritt being indicted for tampering with a governmental record. That’s a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, should they go to trial and be found guilty.

Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, not to be dissuaded by evidence, stated that the indictment was a betrayal of justice, which punished those who exposed evil. Planned Parenthood had a much more realistic statement about thee indictment, and were glad to be proven right in the issue. This comes after both Arkansas and Louisiana, using the videos as evidence, tried to deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. Both states failed in their attempts, thanks to federal lawsuits, and hopefully this grand jury hearing will put this awful issue to bed, so we can get on to dealing with actual problems that actually happen.

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