California AG Charges Man Behind Planned Parenthood Expose’ Videos With 15 Felonies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California state prosecutors have charged the pro-life investigator behind the 2014-2015 undercover Planned Parenthood videos with 15 felonies less than a year after Texas officials dropped all charges.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges that David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, along with his co-worker Sandra Merritt, wrongfully recorded Planned Parenthood employees and others without their consent in capturing the undercover footage.

Daleiden is therefore charged with 14 counts of covertly recording confidential conversations—one for each person—and one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.

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

Daleiden said in a statement that he believes prosecutors are going after the wrong party.

“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics—currently being prosecuted in California—who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law,” he remarked.

Daleiden advised that additional videos are forthcoming, which he plans on “showing the entire world … in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.”

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As previously reported, Daleiden, 28, had posed as a representative of a fetal tissue procurement company in order to engage in discussions with Planned Parenthood officials as a potential buyer of bodily organs. He recorded the interactions, conducted at various locations across the country, as part of his “human capital” investigative series that was released beginning in July 2015.

The first of nearly a dozen videos released by CMP featured Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola, who nonchalantly munched on salad and sipped wine as she talked about adjusting the child so as not to crush certain organs due to the demand for the body part.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” she explained.

“[Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers,” Nucatola outlined. “You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that—-you know. We’ve been very good at getting the heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so ‘I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’”

The second video showed Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors Council, haggling with the undercover investigators about the compensation for the fetal organs, laughing, “I want a Lamborghini.” Other footage showed an actual aborted baby being dissected in a dish, with an assistant declaring, “Another boy!” and another video showed an abortionist laughing about how harvesting an intact baby head would be “something to strive for.”

Planned Parenthood apologized for the insensitive “tone” of the first video, but denied that it profits from its agreements with scientific organizations. It soon announced that it would stop receiving reimbursement for “expenses” surrounding the provision of body parts of aborted babies. The abortion giant argued that the dead babies were beneficial in research to find cures for diseases.

The organization also contended that the videos were misleading because they had been edited, but the Center for Medical Progress also publicly posted the hours-long unedited footage for viewing as well.

In January of last year, the Harris County district attorney’s office in Texas charged Daleiden with a felony count of “tampering with a governmental record” for creating a fake driver’s license in conducting his undercover investigation, as well as a misdemeanor count related to the purchasing of aborted babies. All charges, which centered on Daleiden’s undercover investigations in Texas, were dismissed by the end of July.

However, in the meantime, representatives for Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California at the time, searched Daleiden’s apartment and seized all of his videos from the undercover investigation. Daleiden posted a statement afterward, remarking that the investigation was lopsided as Harris’ office ignored information surrounding the working relationship between former buyer StemExpress and Planned Parenthood.

StemExpress discontinued its work with the abortion giant after CMP released videos revealing its involvement with the organization.

Planned Parenthood partner DaVinci Biosciences and its sister company DV Biologics were then sued last October by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus after he found evidence that the company had profited from the bodily organs of aborted babies.

“From 2009 to 2015, the defendants obtained aborted fetus donations from Planned Parenthood and turned those donations into a profit-driven business,” he declared. “They did so by selling tissues and cells from the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, intestines, skeletal muscle and bones of the aborted fetus donations.”

Rackauckus outlined that the companies hired a marketing consultant to create promotional materials, including a catalog, to boost sales. His office found that profits included up to $674 in profit for each fetal heart, up to $233 in profit for each liver, up to $221 in in profit for each stomach, and up to $664 in profit for each small intestine.

The companies are accused of generating $1.5 million in sales, while also marking up shipping and processing costs.

The Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives also issued numerous criminal referrals last year while investigating Planned Parenthood and its partners, including an allegation that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast unlawfully sold baby body parts to the University of Texas.

It likewise came to believe from evidence that the University of New Mexico violated of the state’s Anatomical Gift Act, that Stem Express violated HIPPA to increase the harvesting of body parts for profit, and that DV Biologics received revenue for the body parts of aborted babies.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee separately issued his own letter and report calling for the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a federal investigation.

Specifically, the Committee noted in its report that StemExpress, Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) and Novogenics Laboratories purchased the bodily organs of aborted babies from several California Planned Parenthood locations, and then resold them at substantially higher prices. The organizations are also accused of hiking the prices above costs for “transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control or storage of” the body parts.

“[I]n June of 2014, an ABR technician obtained a 20-week-old fetus at a Planned Parenthood clinic, for which it paid $60,” the report outlines. “From that one fetus, ABR sold its brain to one customer for $325, both of its eyes for $325 each ($650 total) to a second customer, a portion of its liver for $325 to a third customer, its thymus for $325 and another portion of its liver for $325 to a fourth customer, and its lung for $325 to a fifth customer.”

StemExpress is accused of similar actions, paying Planned Parenthood $55 for a baby and then selling his or her body parts for $250 each, making $1000 from just one child.

The Committee also noted that despite Planned Parenthood’s “constant statements to the media that [its] affiliates had merely been recovering their costs” in receiving payment from ABR, StemExpress and other companies, its attorneys told the investigative Congressional panel that the Planned Parenthood offices only sought to determine their costs after-the-fact in light of national scrutiny.

“Around that time, Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer accept any payments in connection with its fetal tissue transfer programs,” Grassley explained.

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  • Robert

    We need to have places of designated sanctuary for any one who fight for these little unborn children.

    • Copyleft

      I hear Iran’s nice.

      • Robert

        So that why your for sanctuary immigrant cities because your told the people and country are nice news flash it not nice..

        • Copyleft

          I see your sarcasm detector is broken; maybe you should pray for Jesus to fix it.

  • Robert

    States, city’s, towns ,county’s with large christian conservative populations could all be used for sanctuary to treat these people like kings ,champions . Who care enough to help stop the murder of little unborn children

  • Brenda Turner

    I would think in a public place you have to have a reasonable expectation of being photographed and some of your conversation may make to on tape.

  • Brenda Turner

    Yes he should go to a sanctuary city they love criminals there.

  • james blue

    recording shouldn’t be illegal, deceptively editing or misrepresenting recordings certainly should be.

    • Lexical Cannibal

      While I’m somewhat ambivalent on the subject, there is a case for laws against being recorded without knowledge or consent, as it’s legally similar to surveillance, a pretty serious topic where the law’s concerned. It’s…sticky, to say the least, and many states disagree on how to handle the question.

      That said, yes, manipulative edits in pursuit of slander is incredibly odious for a cause claiming “righteousness,” and misrepresenting one’s self with a forged government ID isn’t much better. At the end of the day, these people broke all kinds of serious laws, and I’m glad the state is pressing charges. If they had uncovered actual wrongdoing, maybe we could talk about lightening the charges but multiple investigations proved at it was just that: slander. They committed crimes to commit a crime.

  • Eric Lytle

    Turn a hero into a felon. Not good.

  • InTheChurch

    He might have to take one for the team. But, the truth was revealed and the leftist want to pretend it never happened.

  • michael louwe

    This will be how Christians are going to be persecuted/prosecuted by powerful governments, during the last days of this rotten/evil earth and just before the 2nd Coming of Lord/God Jesus the Christ/Messiah/Saviour to this earth.(1THESS.4:16)

    2TIMOTHY.3: = Perilous Times and Perilous Men

    3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

  • Aa Ee

    It is obvious that during the last forty years US feminists kill more people than global Islam terrorism.
    I believe Jesus says we should get the lumber beam of abortion out of the US eye before we worry about the splinter in Islam’s eye.
    If we won’t make war against feminists and their allies it is immoral to make war on Islam.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Liberals resemble Nazis in not-valuing innocent human life and in attacking those who do the life-rescuing right thing.

  • Aa Ee

    The California attorney General does far more wickedly than Osama Bin Laden, in fact, all pro abortion people do more wickedly than all members of Al Qaeda and all members of Islam.
    I believe it is immoral to judge the Muslims who attack cultures that have legal abortion, and use public schools to teach LGBT is good and evolution is true.
    I also believe the USA is so wicked all nations need and deserve nuclear weapons to protect them from Satanic Uncle Samantha.
    Considering Americans love killing their own babies for their greed and ambition, the USA supports global tyranny and genocide.
    Stop believing the USA is better than NAZI Germany

  • Kathleen O’Neill Orrson

    God May one day have California drop into the sea……

  • Aa Ee

    Many American cities do more wickedly than all Islamic cities

  • Robert G. Vandagriff Sr.

    this is bullshit just like dumb ass Texan prosecutor to have a idiotic mind set, and i am from Houston Texas. you know he was an investigator he had a licences to investigate i see this one coming back and this guy will be freed in Jesus name, I pray, and its funny how corrupt law and government can investigate we the people at any whim,but we cannot legally investigate them, that shit has to come back to WE the people who made this damn government, They have made so many laws get twisted to benefit them and protect them, we need to work on changing that back the way God meant it to be, for we all his people, to be able to live in a justified moral society, with out fear of corrupt laws of justice that go after legal american citizens and invade our rights on humanity and justice. May God Help us all reclaim or mockery of our judicial depts of law.

  • A classic fulfillment of Isaiah 5:20, calling evil good and good evil. It’s also a fulfillment of God’s promise in the following:

    “The stranger [in this instance, the in utero infant murderers] that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low…. [H]e shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:43-45)

    And this the inevitable consequence of:

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1, 7)

    Today’s America is merely reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers and promoted by bamboozled Christians.

    For more, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

    Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.