Videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts have been taken by government agents from the home of undercover journalist David Daleiden.
FoxNews.com reports that agents from the California Department of Justice raided Daleiden’s home and confiscated the undercover videos Daleiden had taken of Planned Parenthood employees which seemed to show the employees casually discussing the sale of fetal body parts.
In a Facebook post, Daleiden, who founded the Center for Medical Progress, said that the agents had “seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information.”
Daleiden added that the agents had, however, not taken documents which he says implicate Planned Parenthood in illegal behavior.
Although an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue was initially begun, a grand jury cleared the abortion clinic and instead indicted Daleiden and fellow undercover journalist Sandra Merritt on a number of charges, including using false drivers licenses to gain entry into a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic.
Daleiden maintains that his indictment is an “attack on citizen journalism” and added that he will “pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.”
Matt Heffron, a legal advisor to Daleiden and former federal prosecutor, said that the government agents’ raid of Daleiden’s home was “outrageously out of proportion for the type of crime alleged. It’s a discredit to law enforcement [and] an oppressive abuse of government power."
Publication date: April 6, 2016