Indicted Pro-Life journalist on grand jury decision: "Buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well"

In the wake of a shamefully-slanted decision from the Harris County grand jury following what was ostensibly an investigation into the undercover footage recorded by members of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) at Houston’s mega Planned Parenthood abortion mill, CMP has a question for Harris County: If David Daleiden is being indicted for buying fetal tissue, why is Planned Parenthood off the hook for selling fetal tissueEven if the claim that Daleiden broke the law were valid – equally valid would be the fact that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was the seller involved in the illicit transaction.

CMP released a statement following the indictment affirming that their actions have aligned with the techniques employed by undercover investigators everywhere. 

The Center for Medical Progress uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws.  We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well.  Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see.

As whistleblowers, members of the Center for Medical Progress should have been commended for exposing illegal activity within a government-funded organization.  After all, Planned Parenthood was caught selling intact fetal cadavers as “a matter of line items” to generate income over and above what they already rake in from your hard-earned paycheck, money stolen in exorbitant Medicaid fraud cases, and the fees collected from patients prior to the rendering of “services.” 

Jared Woodfill, the attorney representing the two Pro-Lifers from CMP, also expressed doubts about the grounds of the grand jury’s indictment of Daleiden and his colleague.  In commenting on the charge that Daleiden attempted to buy fetal organs, Woodfill stated “it's going to be very difficult for prosecutors to say that they intended to actually purchase human body parts.”

When Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have already disqualified themselves from taxpayer funding, there is no excuse for ignoring their on-camera admissions of guilt and punishing those exposing their crime.  But this is exactly what the Harris County grand jury did.