Undercover activists who targeted Planned Parenthood indicted in Texas

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A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York in 2015. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York in 2015. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A Texas grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists, who secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing how the health care provider transferred aborted fetal organs to researchers, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Following a two-month investigation into allegations that targeted Planned Parenthood, a Harris County grand jury cleared the organization of any wrongdoing and instead indicted two undercover filmmakers who had hoped to expose the organization of wrongdoing. David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress were indicted on second-degree felony charges of tampering with a governmental record, Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson said in a statement Monday.

The charge carries a prison punishment of up to 20 years. Daleiden, director of the anti-abortion group, was also indicted on a Class A misdemeanor count related to the prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs. If convicted, the punishment is up to a year in jail, the Chronicle reported.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Anderson said in the statement. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case,” she said.

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