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Judge Drops Misdemeanor Charge Against Anti-Abortion Activist

A Harris County judge has dismissed one charge against an anti-abortion activist who made undercover videos at a Houston Planned Parenthood.

  • Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden both face a felony charge for allegedly using fake driver’s licenses to gain access to the Planned Parenthood affiliate off the Gulf Freeway in Houston.  (Photo Credit: Provided by Harris County District Attorney's office)
    Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden both face a felony charge for allegedly using fake driver’s licenses to gain access to the Planned Parenthood affiliate off the Gulf Freeway in Houston. (Photo Credit: Provided by Harris County District Attorney's office)
  • David Daleiden is led out of a Harris County courtroom by his attorney Terry Yates.
    David Daleiden is led out of a Harris County courtroom by his attorney Terry Yates.
  • David Robert Daleiden's mugshot (Photo Credit: HCSO)
    David Robert Daleiden's mugshot (Photo Credit: HCSO)

A Harris County judge has dismissed one charge against an anti-abortion activist who made undercover videos at a Houston Planned Parenthood.

California activist David Daleiden was facing both a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge in the case, but the misdemeanor charge has now been dismissed.

Daleiden and a partner visited the Houston clinic under assumed names, and made videos about how Planned Parenthood handled fetal remains.

The misdemeanor charge related to whether Daleiden had tried to buy human organs. He still faces a second-degree felony charge for using a fake driver's license to get in to the clinic, as does his partner Sandra Merritt.

Those charges will be considered by a different judge.

Dismissal of David Daleiden’s misdemeanor charge