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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Applauds Felony Charges for Anti-Abortion Activists Who Doctored Planned Parenthood Videos

March 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Wednesday issued the following statement in light of the California Attorney General’s felony filing against anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who doctored secret video recordings of Planned Parenthood associates to fabricate evidence to be used against one of the country’s leading medical providers of affordable, high-quality health care for women, men, and young people.

“Last night, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt with 15 felony counts each for their deceptively edited and nonconsensual video recordings of Planned Parenthood. Since the release of the videos, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has recorded an unprecedented increase in threats and violence against abortion providers and clinics around the country, including the fatal shootings at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs,” Rep. Speier said.  

“It's profoundly troubling that the Republican majority was willing to promote the handiwork of alleged felons. The doctored videos spawned a Congressional Select Investigative Panel that spent fifteen months and nearly $1.6 million of taxpayer dollars to conduct a duplicative investigation that found no evidence of wrongdoing. Instead, the proceedings intimidated, harassed, and maligned scientists and brought potentially life-saving fetal tissue research for treatment of dangerous and debilitating ailments, such as multiple sclerosis, birth defects, and Alzheimer’s, to a screeching halt. I applaud Attorney General Becerra for taking the first step in holding Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt accountable for their alleged destructive and devious conduct.”