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Anti-Abortion Activists Who Started Fetal-Tissue Furor Back In Houston Court

California pair will fight charges in case stemming from undercover videos they made last year at the Planned Parenthood in Houston

Two anti-abortion activists from California were back in court in Houston on Friday morning, for a hearing related to undercover videos they made at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston.

David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, both face felony charges because they used fake driver’s licenses to get into the building, where they secretly recorded footage and discussions with research staff members. Daleiden also faces a misdemeanor charge in the case, for trying to procure human organs.

Both have decided not to accept a plea deal from the Harris County District Attorney, said Jared Woodfill, one of Daleiden’s attorneys.

“He believes he didn’t do anything wrong,” Woodfill said. “He’s going to take a stand. He’s not going to agree to take a deal that would essentially admit that he did something wrong.”

Woodfill has filed motions to quash the charges against Daleiden. He claims the grand jury overstepped its bounds, and that Planned Parenthood may have improperly influenced the process at the district attorney’s office.

Woodfill has subpoenaed emails from officials at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. The organization, and the district attorney’s office, have a few weeks to file responses.  

Another hearing will take place in May, Woodfill said.

 

Daleiden Motion To Quash Felony Indictment

Daleiden Motion to Quast Misdemeanor Indictment

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