indictedDA who employs Planned Parenthood board member refused to charge abortionist, instead announces criminal charges against pro-life activists

Houston district attorney, Devon Anderson, has cleared Planned Parenthood on charges of selling dead baby body parts.

Instead, she’s indicting the two pro-life activists who bought dead baby body parts from Planned Parenthood as part of their undercover investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A Texas grand jury looking into alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Monday cleared the group and instead indicted two antiabortion activists who made covert videos of the organization.

The grand jury in Harris County, which includes Houston, indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on felony charges of tampering with a governmental record, according to Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

It also indicted Mr. Daleiden on a charge of prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs, a misdemeanor, said Ms. Anderson, a Republican. The felony charge carries a possible maximum 20- year prison sentence, while the misdemeanor charge carries a sentence of up to a year.

The move represented a surprise twist in the case, which was spurred by undercover videos of Planned Parenthood made in April by Mr. Daleiden, founder of the antiabortion group the Center for Medical Progress, and Ms. Merritt.

Anderson employs a Planned Parenthood board member, Lauren Reeder, in her office.  Reeder was supposed to investigate Planned Parenthood.

“Lauren Reeder is a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s criminal family law division. She apparently notified District Attorney Devon Anderson of her role with Planned Parenthood last week,” Life News reported in August. “Reeder is listed as a non-compensated ‘Director’ on the 990 Tax Form for 2014 filed by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.”

This isn’t the first time Anderson has directed a grand jury to block criminal charges against abortion providers caught breaking the law.

In 2013, numerous employees told police that Houston abortionist, Douglas Karpen, was delivering live babies and then murdering them by snapping their necks.

Anderson organized an “independent” grand jury to investigate the allegations, but in December 2013, the grand jury refused to bring any charges against Karpen.

The New York Times reported:

A grand jury in Harris County found no evidence of criminal behavior by a Houston doctor who performs late-term abortions and was accused by anti-abortion groups of killing live-born babies. In May, in a tape distributed by Operation Rescue, some former clinic employees accused Dr. Douglas Karpen of performing sloppy procedures and killing babies after they emerged from the womb, comparing him to Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia, who had been convicted of murder that month after similar allegations. But in a statement issued Saturday, Devon Anderson, the Harris County district attorney, said: “An independent grand jury concluded, after lengthy investigation and deliberation, that the evidence does not justify an indictment.”

By the way, Anderson is a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Houston, one of the few Protestant churches to formally endorse abortion.

It appears “DA” also stands for “Defends Abortionists”.