LifesiteNews.com is reporting on the new charges which claim Daleiden and fellow journalist Sandra Merritt “intentionally and without the consent of all parties” recorded “confidential” communications.
In a press release, Becerra accuses CMP investigators of using “manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to meet women’s healthcare providers and covertly record the private discussions they initiated.”
He adds: "The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society. We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations."
In 2016, both Daleiden and Merritt were indicted on similar charges by a tainted grand jury in Harris County, Texas, all of which were dismissed after evidence surfaced that the District Attorney’s office had colluded with Planned Parenthood for political reasons to turn the grand jury against the pro-life activists.
Becerra appears to be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. Senator, who directed a raid of the CMP and the confiscation of his damning footage of Planned Parenthood’s organ harvesting activity.
It was later discovered that Harris colluded with Planned Parenthood to craft a bill that would send pro-life journalists to jail for secretly recording “confidential communication with a health care provider,” which would include abortionists, and then sharing the recording in any way.
Daleiden dismissed the latest charges against him as being “more of the same.”
“The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news,” Daleiden said in a statement. “They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and failed: both the charges and the DA were thrown out. The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics— currently being prosecuted in California —who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law.
“We look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased video tapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise, in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.”
Daleiden is calling upon newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to act upon the recommendations of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel to criminally prosecute several affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, along with three of their fetal parts business associates, for alleged illegal trafficking of human body parts.
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