Family Research Council Praises Dismissal of Texas Charges against Daleiden and Merritt

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The last charge against pro-life activist journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt in Harris County, Texas was dismissed today by Judge Brock Thomas. The felony charge was for allegedly using fake drivers' licenses to conceal their identities during their undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood.   

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“Justice in Texas has again prevailed. I am thankful that Judge Brock Thomas, like his colleague Judge Diane Bull, was able to see through the baseless, politically-motivated charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.  We celebrate today that these felony charges have been dismissed and that the Left's desperate attempts at legal sabotage against Daleiden for uncovering Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue harvesting have not succeeded.

“I again urge California Attorney General Kamala Harris to follow the lead of Judges Thomas and Bull and return Daleiden’s undercover footage exposing the sale of baby body parts, which was illegally seized by California authorities in violation of Daleiden’s constitutional rights. Attorney General Harris must stop using her office to violate Daleiden's constitutional rights and to hide the truth about the sale of baby body parts in California.  She must stop putting the politics of abortion above the interests of mothers and their unborn children. It’s time we get back to the real issue at hand: Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry's contempt for the law and their exploitation of women and their babies' body parts,” Perkins concluded.