The Harris County, Texas grand jury tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood announced today that it has decided not to indict the women's health provider. Instead, the grand jury has indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress. Last summer, their group released a series of secretly-recorded and deceptively-edited videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue—which would be illegal. Houston Public Media reports on today's grand jury indictment:
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been indicted for Tampering with a Governmental Record, which is a felony. Daleidan was also indicted for Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs, meaning he illegally offered to purchase human organs in the video recording. A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Following the release of CMP's videos, six states tried to defund Planned Parenthood, eight states have investigated the women's health provider (none found evidence of fetal tissue sales), and three congressional committees launched their own inquiries.