Sandra Merritt Answers Felony Charges for Secretly Recording Planned Parenthood Execs

Merritt was charged along with David Daleiden for secretly filming Planned Parenthood employees.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 3: Sandra Merritt, a defendant in a recent indictment reversal stemming from a Planned Parenthood surreptitious video she helped produce, arrives for court at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse February 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

By Liberty McArtor Published on May 4, 2017

A pro-life hero for exposing Planned Parenthood’s collusion in the baby-parts industry, Sandra Merritt appeared in criminal court Wednesday. Last month California brought a 15-count felony charge against her.

Merritt works with David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress. Posing as employees of a fake company and sing fake names and IDs, they went to a conference with abortion providers in 2014 and met with Planned Parenthood executives. They secretly recorded 14 people.

Some videos show Planned Parenthood employees describing late-term abortion methods. Others show executives haggling over compensation for fetal tissue. The conversations appear in multiple videos released since 2015.

The Charges

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged them in March. He brought one charge for each of the 14 people filmed. The 15th is for conspiring to invade privacy.

Becerra is a former Democratic congressman. He took the position when former Attorney General Kamala Harris left for the U.S. Senate this year. Harris began investigating Merritt and Daleiden in 2015. She had taken donations from Planned Parenthood.

California law makes it illegal to record someone without their knowledge when they reasonably expect privacy. However, other journalists have not been charged for similar investigative work in California.

An animal rights group filmed at California poultry farms in 2014 and 2015, National Review notes. It exposed mistreatment of ducks and chickens. State authorities didn’t charge the group. They did investigate the farms.

This isn’t the first time that Merritt and Daleiden have been charged for their undercover work. A Texas grand jury charged them with felonies for using fake identification. The charges were dismissed last year.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood claims it does nothing wrong. In March, it called the undercover videos “fraudulent.”

The organization has also claimed that the videos were “deceptively edited.” However, as LifeSiteNews noted, they released their full recordings. An independent analysis showed that the “Planned Parenthood executives caught on video clearly say what they said.”

Merritt and Daleiden’s undercover work sparked investigations of Planned Parenthood in several states. They’ve had effect.

Even though no states brought charges against Planned Parenthood, The Federalist noted, Planned Parenthood stopped receiving money for aborted fetal tissue. Two medical companies were recently charged with illegally profiting from fetal tissue. The companies are “top partners” of Planned Parenthood, The Free Beacon reported.

Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate have investigated Planned Parenthood for over a year. Rep. Diane Black of the House panel said the investigation “laid bare the grisly reality” that abortionists are “driven by profit.”

WTVB reports that Merritt and Daleiden will appear before a California court again on June 8. Liberty Counsel is seeking dismissal of the charges.

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  • Timothy Horton

    A pro-life hero for exposing Planned Parenthood’s collusion in the baby-parts industry,

    Except she didn’t expose any collusion by PP. She and fellow criminal Daliden secretly and illegally videotaped PP employees without their consent, started conversations about the legal disposition of aborted fetuses for medical research, then dishonestly chopped and spliced the recorded conversations to paint an entirely false and misleading picture. PP was absolved of any criminal wrongdoing by at least 6 independent investigations.

    Merritt and Daleiden are the worst kind of sneak thief criminals who deserve the maximum jail sentences for their repugnant and illegal dishonesty

    • Conservachique

      You did not do your research. The tapes were not “chopped and spliced” — if you look at Daleiden’s site, he provides the l-o-n-g, unedited, raw tape AND he provides a condensed tape, just so false accusations such as you made can be debunked. And so silly…’d be laughable even if it did not involve such devil’s work, but to splice “recorded conversations” in order to “paint an entirely false and misleading picture” would be an impossible task.

      Just admit it….these evil, devil-induced individuals are selling baby body parts and in some cases, killing babies born alive. Pure evil.

      • Timothy Horton

        Yes the first tapes released to the public and the ones which got all the press were the shorter, dishonestly edited chopped and spliced versions. The criminals only released the whole recordings after public outcry for them to do so arose. Once the whole tapes were out it was easy to find the dishonest manipulation. There are several websites where you can find a list of all the dishonest BS done.But by then the Liars For Jesus didn’t care because the propaganda damage had been done.

        Merritt and Daleiden are liars and criminals. They deserve lengthy jail time.

        • Conservachique

          The site had the condensed tapes ALONG with the full, hours-long non-condensed tape from the very beginning. At the time of exposure, the site listed each video in order. Each video had a paragraph, short description of the event filmed, along with the condensed video for time/convenience sake. Then immediately below that was the full, several hours long, completely unedited tape. Daleiden did this specifically because of how the guilty parties always say, ‘the videos were edited to misrepresent…”. BOTH videos were released simultaneously. I suspect you have not watched a single video, or IF you have, you watched less than a minute or two. There is absolutely no way one cold watch any of those videos and not see the baby body part scheme….talking about how to remove the head the less “crunchy” way, the conversations were callous & sick….spoken so “as a matter of fact.” Nope, I don’t think you listened to any of these people talk.

          And when you read the retorts from Planned Parenthood and other LIBERAL sources, they focus on arguments such as ‘the illegality of taping them without their knowing it’ and repeating the hysterical claims that ‘Daleiden & his group only want to stop abortions and take that option away’ etc. Their retorts only prove the truth of the tapes.

          But Timothy, I’ve found, people who are hell-bent on abortion or any of the Left’s liberal ideologies never, ever stop to consider what is really true or not. They listen ONLY to those who agree with them. Just as you see at all of the Liberal Universities. Years ago the Left protested & insisted on uninviting conservative speakers—or even having conservative teachers. Today, you see the riots, violence, and shutting down speeches (free speech).

          It’s been a while since I paid attention to this….and now I vaguely remember something about the tapes and supposedly “editing” that made them again, supposedly false. And during the primary debates, I remember what’s her name talking about this. The videos with all the discussions with the various people about the body parts – there’s no argument about that. But there was one video where the topic was a live moving baby – and it may have been an interview with a young girl who was describing how she saw the baby moving. So there was no video of the baby–but video of the girl talking about what she saw going on—and for demonstration purposes, a picture or video of another baby was shown—not the particular one THAT girl had seen, but of one in another similar circumstance. So…you might say…technically, it was not the actual baby THAT girl was talking about, but it was a real aborted baby that had been born alive. So of course they honed in on that one thing so they can say all the video’s were a big lie. They weren’t and nor was this particular video. But you get the media & them going on about it….and people like you believe them. There had been a Dr. Gosnell (I believe that’s his name) who was caught doing late term abortions and he laughed about one baby, born alive, being so large. To kill those babies, when they were accidentally born alive, he cut their spinal cord at the base of their neck. That whole Planned Parenthood world is a lie and very, very evil.

          Whatever, Timothy, you believe what you wish. I’ve learned that you can’t force people to change or to seek the truth until THEY figure it out for themselves. All you can do is point them in the direction and let them take it from there.

          • Timothy Horton

            Nice job ignoring the facts and parroting back the same lies Merritt and Daleiden and the anti-choicers told in the first place. What those clowns did was both dishonest and despicable.

          • Jeff Ludwig

            Is it despicable to go into Murder Inc. in order to expose a mercenary life-taking process that is being manipulated for “body parts” which is a euphemism for legs, arms, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, etc. Where is the mantra “health of the mother” in all this wheeling and dealing for body parts? What does this have to do with women’s health sir? Of course, this is a rhetorical question.

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          Timothy Horton has broken God’s Laws and is a Liar. He deserves lengthy torment in the Lake of Fire.

          • Timothy Horton

            LOL! Thanks Royce, that made my morning!. Nothing is funnier than being condemned to ETERNAL DAMNATION!! by a sanctimonious spittle-dripping holier-than-thou blowhard. 🙂

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            You’re more than welcome. Laugh while you can. The day will come when laughter will only be a painful memory.

            And btw, Jesus Christ is the one who will condemn you not I. While your characterization clearly shows your evil wicked heart (Matt. 15:18, Lk. 6:45) and while I’m not anywhere even close to that description, I will give you this: ANY and EVERY Christian is holier than you.

            Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, (2Pet 3:3)

          • Timothy Horton

            Careful you don’t short out your keyboard with all that spittle flying drool there Royce. 🙂

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            Thanks for showing the best ya got. How long did you have to concentrate to come up with that one? LOL And thanks for proving my point. Complete bankruptcy. Nothing but emptiness. A total vacuum.

            A wise man once said it is better to keep your mouth shut and not show your ignorance than open it and remove all doubt. You should work on your wisdom a bit.

            “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something” – Plato

          • Timothy Horton

            You sure run your mouth and show your ignorance every chance you get. Maybe you should follow your own advice.

          • Royce E. Van Blaricome

            You sure run your mouth and show your ignorance every chance you get. Maybe you should follow your own advice.

            I suggest you find a chainsaw and cut that Giant Sequoia Tree outta your eye and then maybe you will see your own ignorance and hypocrisy. Just like that above.,

            But hey, thanks for showing the best ya got. Just more empty, worthless, ignominious, vacuous, regurgitated vomit that we have come to expect from you.

            The wise of heart will receive commands,
            But a babbling fool will be thrust down. (Prov. 10:8)

          • Nels

            That’s a troll. Don’t feed the trolls.

  • Autrey Windle

    Sandra is such an incredible hero and defender of life and truth! Thank God for her courage. AMEN!

  • eddiestardust

    California is a evil place these days:(

  • Jeff Ludwig

    They are heroes of our culture. They are being persecuted for outing the dark deeds, and more importantly the dark motives of Planned Parenthood. May God bless and uphold them through this legal ordeal, and may they be acquitted. I pray this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.

  • Southern American

    Libs/PP should suffer the same fate as these fetuses did.

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