I am sure you have heard the saying, "payback is a b....." Well, this seems to be the case now with David Daleiden and his fellow reporter who were both indicted on felony charges and are facing up to 20 years in prison. Their crime? Secretly recording Planned Parenthood employees speaking about selling fetal tissue, creating false ID, fake company and buying fetal tissue. The Pro-Life community is up at arms over this. Moreover, the prosecutor involved is on the board of Planned Parenthood. Requests for her and her office to recuse themselves from the case went on deaf ears. It seems clear that the charges are in retaliation to the attention given to Planned Parenthood over the videos and the Congressional hearings that followed.
Lawyer for Daleiden describes the charges without substance. They are most likely an attempt to intimidate David and the Pro-Life movement. It is scary to think that investigative reporting may become illegal if these charges go through. The charges are an attack against journalism. In many instances, this sort of investigative journalism was used to discover scams and other problems in government and private companies. Moreover, what is troubling is that Planned Parenthood got scott free from their illegal sale of fetal tissue. Their supporters claim that the organization did nothing wrong, but this prosecutor claims David bought fetal tissue, which is illegal. The question is: If Planned Parenthood sold no tissue, then how did David buy it from them?
We need to pay close attention to this case as it affects us in many ways, not just in the pro-life movement. Throughout the nation, minorities have complained that prosecutors have let cops free after hard evidence has been presented that they did not follow proper procedure and a life was taken. If prosecutors can easily set up a case in favor of their bias, then justice cannot exist.
Here are some tweets on the issue:
My op-ed about @PPact @StemExpress #PPSellsBabyParts revelations published today in @USATODAY https://t.co/T4YIeLd1xu— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) January 25, 2016
Planned Parenthood statement after grand jury charged videographers who shot secret videos https://t.co/svxvbQYaBV pic.twitter.com/tTEptbWD0c— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 26, 2016