|David R. Daleiden. (Source: Urban Christian News.)|
Daleiden and Merritt are central figures in the Center for Medical Progress' "sting videos", in which mid-level Planned Parenthood employees discuss the compensated harvesting and sale of fetal organ tissue for medical research. Until now, the abortion provider has traded on the fact that the pro-abortion rank and file, not to mention the American "mushy middle" that's against abortion "for myself", is unwilling to watch any of the full-length video clips, allowing PP and the militant pro-aborts to claim that the shorter "good parts" clips are deliberate misrepresentations.
According to California lawyer Donald R. McClarey, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) urged Harris County prosecutor Devon Anderson (R) to prosecute Planned Parenthood based on one of CMP's clips (probably either this one or this one). [Full disclosure: while Donald and I are barely acquainted with each other, he's a fellow Catholic Stand writer.] During her 2014 campaign, Anderson sold herself to the Texas GOP as a "proud pro-life mother of two". On the surface, then, it appeared that CMP and the pro-life movement had some chance for success.
But this isn't the first case against an abortion provider that Anderson's office has fumbled.