California’s Department of Justice has seized a laptop and multiple hard drives as evidence as part of an ongoing investigation into undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood. Investigators with the California Police raided anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s home and seized what Daleiden calls “very damning footage” from his illicit filming at Planned Parenthood clinics. The Planned Parenthood investigation arises from the series of undercover videos condemning the clinic for performing abortions and accusing Planned Parenthood of illegal fetal tissue donation activities for which Daleiden is responsible.
Daleiden told The Washington Post that the seized items from the raid of his Orange Country apartment contain the entirety of the footage from his 30-month project on Planned Parenthood, “including some very damning footage that has yet to be released to the public”. While TWP was unable to obtain a statement from the spokesperson for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, it reports that the fact that police raided anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s home sheds light on the Planned Parenthood investigation.
“The raid confirms that California is among the states looking into possible criminal activity on the part of Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, which have been the center of controversy since releasing videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue for a profit,” reports TWP.
Planned Parenthood denies the allegations, and a number of state investigations have failed to find evidence suggesting that any wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood has taken place.
In fact, Tuesday’s events, in which police raided anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s home and seized his illegally-obtained Planned Parenthood videos, are far from some of the numerous legal proceedings against the Center for Medical Progress and Daleiden himself.
“A Houston grand jury earlier this year indicted Daleiden in connection with fake driver’s licenses he used to gain access to Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion provider conferences,” reports The Washington Post.
In his efforts to besmirch the reputation of Planned Parenthood, Daleiden also allegedly tampered with government documents, a felony, and purchased and sold human organs, a misdemeanor; he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Furthermore, the Center for Medical Progress was blocked from using the videos as evidence in Court when the anti-abortion group was requesting an exemption from a restraining order by the National Abortion Federation. Slate explains that Daleiden broke California law when he recorded conversations in Planned Parenthood clinics.
“Daleiden filmed parts of his videos in California using tiny cameras hidden on his person; California law bans the recording of conversations unless both parties consent or the camera or recorder is in plain sight,” said Slate of the footage seized.
Given Daleiden’s wrongdoing and its implication on Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, which was also targeted in the videos, was pleased to hear news of progress in the controversial investigation.
“As the evidence has shown in our case, he engaged in a long-running criminal conspiracy. His actions are not without consequences,” said president Vicki Saporta.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Erica Sackin echoed Saporta in lauding that the police who raided anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s home and seized key evidence.
“The only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the extremists who broke multiple laws to spread lies about Planned Parenthood — and it looks like they’re finally being held accountable,” said Sackin in a statement on behalf of Planned Parenthood.
With support flowing from the public after the news that police raided anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s home as part of the Planned Parenthood investigation, the legal proceedings to convict or absolve David and the CMP are eagerly awaited.
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