On Thursday, Center for Medical Progress Project Lead David Daleiden posted bail in Harris County, Texas, for charges against him rising from his work to expose Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of organs from aborted babies.
Daleiden and fellow pro-life activist, Sandra Merritt, were indicted last month on charges of using a fake identification with Daleiden facing an additional charge of attempting to purchase human tissue.
“If David’s investigation had revealed evidence of criminal conduct in a meatpacking plant, his freedom would not be threatened. The videos would be seen as providing a valuable public benefit and prosecutors would act on the information,” Life Legal Defense Foundation attorney Alexandra Snyder said, denouncing the charges. “We are confident that other agencies will take an objective look at Planned Parenthood’s willingness to engage in illegal activity, including altering the abortion procedure to obtain intact fetal cadavers, that is clearly evident in the videos.”
Snyder went on to explain that the fake ID charge “is the same charge that would be leveled at a minor who used a fake ID to purchase alcohol. However, the law also provides a defense where the false information has ‘no effect on the government’s purpose for requiring the governmental record.'”
As Live Action News has previously reported, Daleiden’s defenders have also noted that the tissue sale statute he is accused of violating requires intent to go through with the transaction for guilt, yet his only intent was to capture whether Planned Parenthood officials would agree to illegal activity on camera.
Daleiden faces maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.