The Grand Jury recently decided that Planned Parenthood had not broken any laws after they were secretly filmed negotiating the purchase of organ cells. Instead their accusers, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted for tampering with a governmental record.
Planned Parenthood is often the target of protests, picketing, and other unfavorable action by the pro-life mob. This time the pro-lifers, obviously not happy with sign making and song singing, took things a little further and attempted to make an undercover expose of the criminal empire that is Planned Parenthood. Crafting a plan cunning enough to make James Bond green with envy, the duo pretended to be government officials and set about their secret filming.
The duo managed to record several conversations with patients, doctors, and other medical providers despite the obvious illegality of their actions. They must have jumped for joy, high-fived and grinned with the type of glee only the truly ignorant can feel when they recorded Planned Parenthood officials negotiating a deal for the procurement and donation of fetal tissue. Sensing a victory, they released the videos.
The undercover videos prompted a huge response from sections of the US government. The allegations against Planned Parenthood sparked investigations in several states which saw funding cut for the women’s health centers. This sordid tale was big news for the GOP candidacy, with several campaigners using it to bolster their support. Carly Fiorina, having obviously never seen the videos, decided to regale the audience of a Republican debate with a graphic and wholly fabricated story of what she’d found on one of them.
“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'”
Unfortunately for the GOP and for the anti-abortion activists, the videos did not contain any zombie movie brain harvesting procedures. Instead they contained the perfectly legal practices of a group designed to help women make an informed choice about their bodies, as laid down in the 14th Amendment.
For the effort put in by the undercover anti-abortionists, they received very little reward. The Grand Jury, despite Texas Govenor Greg Abbott’s evidently lacking accusation of Planned Parenthood conducting:
“the gruesome harvesting of baby body parts”
found no evidence of any wrongdoing. Instead the undercover operatives were indicted for tampering with government documents. It turns out that secretly filming confidential meetings whilst pretending to work for the government is actually against the law, while conducting abortions safely and legally isn’t.
This crime, committed against a women’s support group, shows just how uninformed and dangerous people can be. How many women suffered serious medical harm because they couldn’t get the treatment they required while this farcical investigation took place? Why were Presidential candidates allowed to use completely fabricated accusations to further rile up the anti-abortionists? Why are the Republicans more concerned with stopping women make decisions about their own bodies than they are putting an end to gun violence? Perhaps now that the Grand Jury has announced their decision, Planned Parenthood and the multitude of women impacted can expect an apology from Governor Abbott, Carly Fiorina and every other person attempting to take away an important and life affirming service.