Texas Can’t Stop Pioneer

Barb Wire

David Daleiden is used to fighting for others. Now, thanks to what appears to be a politically-motivated witch hunt, the man who exposed Planned Parenthood, is being forced to fight for himself. Indicted by a Texas grand jury through the work of a district attorney with ties to Planned Parenthood, David continues to insist that the real wrongdoers walk free.

Facing as many 20 years in prison for using a fake ID during his undercover investigation, David spoke out yesterday after turning down a plea deal. “I think we all know that every day that goes by that the Texas authorities do not prosecute Planned Parenthood for their illegal trade in baby parts, they are sending a message to the entire country,” he told reporters. “The state of Texas right now is open for business in baby body parts.”

While CBS’s “60 Minutes” saluted another hidden-camera sting on Sunday’s show, pro-lifers continue to be outraged by the double standard applied to Daleiden. “If we’re going to be prosecuting undercover journalists, we are sending ourselves down a very, very dark path. This is fully in the tradition, a long storied tradition, of undercover journalism.”

Not to mention, attorney Alexandra Snyder pointed out, “If David’s investigation had revealed evidence of criminal conduct in a meatpacking plant, his freedom would not be threatened. The videos would be seen as providing a valuable public benefit and prosecutors would act on the information.” She’s right. If David had gone undercover to expose a puppy mill, he’d be hailed a hero. But because he unmasked the darker side of the nation’s largest abortion group, people want to put him in jail!

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And who are those people? A district attorney who raked in more than $25,000 for her reelection campaign from a donor who works for a late-term abortionist. But Harris County D.A. Devon Anderson isn’t the only one. Another prosecutor in her office is an actual Planned Parenthood board member! None of it passes the smell test. And while it may be a grand jury who indicted, it’s time for Texans to appeal to state attorney general Ken Paxton for a special prosecutor — preferably one without a conflict of interest.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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