California AG Who Charged Man Behind Undercover Videos Received Campaign Donations From Planned Parenthood

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California attorney general who charged the pro-life investigator behind the 2014-2015 undercover Planned Parenthood videos with 15 felonies this week had previously been praised by the abortion and contraception giant and received campaign donations from the organization for many of his House re-election bids.

Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra had been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace former Attorney General Kamala Harris after she was elected in November to serve in the Senate. Following his appointment, Planned Parenthood released a statement praising Becerra for his abortion advocacy.

“Rep. Becerra is a long-time champion for women’s reproductive rights and health,” said President Cecile Richards. “As a former California deputy attorney general, he understands the importance of a woman’s right to access the full range of health care, including safe, legal abortion.”

“At a time when reproductive health is gravely under attack in states across the country, we need leaders like Rep. Becerra to be responsible stewards of the law and protect the rights of millions of Americans, including the 850,000 California women, men and families that Planned Parenthood serves every year,” she remarked.

Information from the Center for Responsive Politics also reveals that Planned Parenthood donated to Becerra’s political campaigns on several occasions, as early as 1998. The organization gave $1,000 in 2014, $2,000 in 2012, $500 in 2004, $1,000 in 2002, and $1,035 in 1998.

The revelations have concerned pro-life groups, who believe Becerra’s recent actions might be biased and corrupt.

“Just as corruption was involved in the last attempt to falsely charge David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, I predict that corruption is at the heart of these California charges as well,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “It is despicable that the California attorney general charged innocent whistleblowers with felonies instead of the career criminals at Planned Parenthood.”

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“There is obvious political motivation behind the recent baseless criminal charges against Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden,” also opined Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, who is representing Merritt.

“With all the investigative media and reality TV shows that use investigative journalism in California, there has been no effort by the state to prosecute and for good reason, because the First Amendment has something to say about this,” he stated. “The attorney general has engaged in selective prosecution to target pro-life speech. When law enforcement selectively targets people, everyone should be concerned.”

Daleiden

As previously reported, Becerra alleges that Daleiden and Merritt wrongfully recorded Planned Parenthood employees and others without their consent in conducting an undercover investigation into their abortion practices. He therefore charged Daleiden on Tuesday 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 quickly pushed back, releasing another video the following day that shows an Arizona Planned Parenthood abortionist laughing about how much force it takes to dismember babies when Digoxin isn’t used, and that she first thought she needed to go to the gym just to get in shape for the procedure.

The full, unedited footage may be viewed here.

Planned Parenthood had claimed following the release of Daleiden’s videos, which were first posted online in 2015, that the footage had been deceptively edited, but Daleiden had also publicly released the hours-long recordings in their entirety in addition to his concise video highlights. All the videos may be viewed in their entirety on the Center for Medical Progress YouTube page.

Planned Parenthood partner DaVinci Biosciences and its sister company DV Biologics were also sued last October by Orange County, California 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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  • bowie1

    Isn’t there something illegal about this while he is in office?

    • ironnat

      It’s called pay to play.

    • Hegelian61

      Citizens United v. FEC. Campaign contributions are speech, and speech cannot be restricted…You know, that pesky Constitution.

  • Amos Moses

    SHOCKED ………….

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes, everyone else is, too (sarcasm). Liberals are too obvious (non-sarcasm).

  • ironnat

    I’m sure someone at the L.A. Times will open an investigation, but on Daleidon not the AG.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      What would you like to be investigated about the AG?

  • Ambulance Chaser

    If you believe the charges that AG Becerra filed against Deleiden are false, then state why. “He gets donations from Planned Parenthood” is just another red herring ad hominem that says nothing about the facts of the case.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      Don’t feed the trolls, folks! Don’t take the bait. See Matt. 7:6.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Yes, it’s truly a ridiculous notion that allegations need to be proven. Why can’t we skip all that hard, boring work and just assume someone is factually wrong based on vague allegations of bias?

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          Oink Oink.

          In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,[3] often for their own amusement.

          From Psychology Today: “Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists. An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.”

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Again, nothing I do qualifies. I’ve never lied or exaggerated about anything, and if you’re offended by something I said, that’s your own problem. I’ve never insulted anyone, called them names, or used profanity. I’ve never disrupted “normal, on-topic discussion” unless you define “normal, on-topic discussion” as having only one viewpoint, which would be ridiculous because there’s no need for discussions if everyone agrees.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Again, yes you are a qualified Internet Troll by definition. Your blindness to your own actions and continued deluded behavior in NO way absolves you from the Reality. It’s as evident as your ” if you’re offended by something I said, that’s your own problem”. Not to mention the total contradiction in ” I’ve never lied” and “I’ve never insulted anyone”.

            You’re only fooling yourself. I suggest you seek professional help since your last post is further evidence that your delusion is much deeper than you’ve previously shown.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What have I said that was a lie?

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Boy howdy you are a dense one!

            “I’ve never lied” and “I’ve never insulted anyone”.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            So you have no answer. Got it, thanks.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            So you are a troll. Thanks for proving it once again for all to see.

      • Hegelian61

        Asking a valid and relevant question, that may possibly indicate a difference of opinion makes one a troll? Interesting.

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          See above. And that includes people who make fake profiles just to pipe in and say nothing. Congrats! Ya got your first Plato Award until you new fake name.

          “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Hegelian61

            The screen name is a nod to one topic I teach in one of my classes, as in, George Hegel (Hegelian). I check out this site to read about issues important to Christians. However, I had no idea it would upset you so.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            My apologies. We get so many trolls on here and your comments appeared to be like one who was banned from here not long ago. I violated John 7:24 and I apologize.

          • Hegelian61

            No worries from my perspective.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      People must not kill the human babies. Period. It’s unthinkably detestable that anyone would charge someone who exposed the Nazi crimes in the land.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Do you have a comment that’s on topic and adds to the discussion?

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          You were once before a fetus in your mother’s womb. You must not endorse the destruction of your fellow fetus. It is Nazi-wrong to kill the unwanted children.

    • NCOriolesFan

      Opps, conflict of interest.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Not an argument. Is there something false about the charges themselves, or not?

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Value human life. Liberals support death too much. Human life is sacred because of the Creator God.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The root problem is the Nazi values that put money over human life.

    • RWH

      Actually, that’s the definition of Capitalism in its purest form.

  • NCOriolesFan

    California must not have paid attention to all the dropped charges in Houston for the same alleged ‘crimes.’

  • Omnicopy

    Dr: I had to go to the gym to work on my biceps so I can rip the babies out

  • Omnicopy

    Proverbs 19:23