Things Get Interesting in the Texas Criminal Charges about Undercover Videos

May 27, 2016 09:00 AM

There were significant developments in the pre-trial activity of the legal case against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. The two have been charged with breaking the law in their successful effort to obtain undercover video of Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business. Their attorneys filed a motion to dismiss a few weeks ago and this week both the attorney for Planned Parenthood and the district attorney filed their responses to the motion. In these responses, they admitted that the DA gave PP a full copy of all of the undercover videos, but deny this breached the secrecy of the grand jury process. She says, “Even if any grand jury secrecy violations occurred, they did not amount to a due process violation.” In addition to the secrecy issue, the DA admits she broke the law in the way she handled making the charges against Daleiden and Merritt public, but argued that it was okay because it “was a mere technical, inconsequential violation.” In other words, the district attorney says that even if she broke the law, that should be disregarded because it was inconsequential as far as getting to the desired result of charging the defendants.

WOW! Seems to us that the argument the DA is making is the exact argument she will not accept from the defendants—that no matter what technical violations of the law they may have committed, it was all done to get the truth and therefore should be disregarded. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.

In a different item this week, American Life League revised and made available, as a downloadable PDF, its outstanding booklet Exceptions: Abandoning ‘The Least of These My Brethren.' In this 30-page booklet, Judie Brown and Brian Young, JD, tackle a dangerous distinction between principle and pragmatism in the pro-life movement—a distinction that leads to erroneous exceptions, loopholes, and traps. Despite conventional wisdom, one must not compromise basic convictions for gradual success in politics. The pro-life principle states that all preborn babies are persons, and all persons have the right to life. This booklet explains in clear and simple terms how this principle does not permit exceptions for realities such as rape, incest, and life of the mother, or traps such as measures to establish viability—that is, the point a preborn child is worthy of legal protection. Exceptions masterfully describes how compromising pro-life principle for pro-life legislation is a lose-lose game for both morality and the common good. You can purchase your copy from our online store at all.org/exceptions-abandoning-the-least-of-these-my-brethren-/.

 

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