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Planned Parenthood “sting” film makers are indicted in Texas

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 26 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i519
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America—much criticized since July when undercover videos purported to show its officials offering to sell tissue from aborted fetuses—has been handed an unexpected victory by a Texas grand jury. The women’s health organization was cleared of any wrongdoing, and the two anti-abortion activists who made the films were indicted instead.

David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, a non-profit organization that sent impostors with hidden cameras to try to buy tissue from Planned Parenthood, has been charged with a felony count of tampering with government property, as has Sandra Merritt, who with Daleiden posed as an executive of BioMax Procurement Services, a fictional intermediary for research institutes seeking fetal tissue.1 The …

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