Seeing this ruling, I have to wonder just what the Grand Jury was charged with by the prosecutor. The evidence (i.e., the videos) was certainly unambiguous about what Planned Parenthood is doing or is willing to do if the right customer comes along. It would seem then that no real consideration was given to that aspect but rather the jury was instructed that no matter what was seen on the videos, unless there was evidence to prove fetal tissue procurement had taken place, no indictment would be warranted. At the same time, the producers of the video—the founder of The Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, and an employee, Sandra Merritt—were indicted for “government record tampering.” Mr. Daleiden was also charged with a misdemeanor relating to the purchase of human tissue but no details were revealed.
While Planned Parenthood was not indicted in this particular case, reports indicate that investigations of the organization’s activities by the Texas State Attorney General’s office are ongoing. Consequently we can conclude that although Planned Parenthood was not guilty today, they may be in the future.
Here’s how I envision the court proceedings went. Planned Parenthood was exonerated based on a technicality. I can almost hear the lawyer pleading his case. Now ladies and gentlemen of jury, we must all be cognizant of the law and realize that one cannot be indicted based on ‘intent,’ for simply demonstrating that they are open to considering a certain action. While consideration of such action is disconcerting, taken by itself, such consideration is not against the law. And since the evidence presented does not prove that Planned Parenthood has committed a crime beyond contemplating one, there is no basis for indictment. With that, he rests his case. One has to wonder if there was any federal interference within this investigation. Certainly the Obama Administration has no interest in seeing Planned Parenthood indicted at all.
Officials at Planned Parenthood were elated with the outcome of the Houston Grand Jury. They declared that not only were Daleiden and his organization totally bogus, but their videos were as well. Apparently Planned Parenthood feels pretty good reclaiming their purist image. Clearly the way Planned Parenthood officials see it, the organization is on solid ground unless the federal government comes after them and that is just not going to happen. Besides, we see what happens when someone dares to expose them: they themselves are indicted. Going after Planned Parenthood is about as politically suicidal as trying to eradicate the NAACP. No politician will attempt it since the familiar refrain will be brought to bear, i.e., that Planned Parenthood “provides important family planning and health services to millions of Americans.” This is how the federal government justifies the taxpayer dollars that go to support it. As such, Planned Parenthood got its annual chunk of the government pie with the year-end actions of Congress in 2015 and will be able to continue its “normal operations” in 2016 at taxpayer expense.
There is no doubt Planned Parenthood actively and vigorously supports abortion. Page 18 of their 2013-2014 Annual Report (available online) says “We fought abortion stigma in popular culture” and touts Planned Parenthood’s involvement in Obvious Child, a film they say is “an edgy, hip, funny, remarkably honest story revolving around one woman’s abortion.” Again, according to their annual report, 42% of services performed in 2013 were for sexually transmitted infection/disease testing and treatment, and 34% was for contraception; only 3% was for abortions. That 3% numerically stated is 327,653. It does NOT include the 1,440,495 “emergency contraception kits,” (a.k.a. abortifacients) conveniently hidden in the contraception figure. By my reckoning, if that number is included, abortion accounts for 16.6% of their “services.” An interesting aside: every service total is in bold font except the one for abortion.
If you go to Planned Parenthood’s website, you will learn that an abortion costs somewhere in the vicinity of $1,500, depending on the circumstances—that is, how far along you are. You are also advised that “hospitals generally cost more.” What I see here is an organization that charges for its services and places a profit into the bank each year. In fact, Planned Parenthood’s total net assets at the end of fiscal year 2014 were $1.4 billion. That being the case, why does 41% of their revenue come from “government health services grants and reimbursements”? Why are taxpayer dollars funding its continued existence? The answer to those questions are one of the best kept secrets in Washington D.C.
Even taken at face value, the content of those videos leaves little doubt that Planned Parenthood is not engaged in theoretical discussions but is deeply invested in the sale of fetal tissue as a commodity, blithely talking about which tissue will fetch a higher price. Were they snagged by duplicitous means: yes, but that does not mean they are not guilty. Their “for-sale” items are the byproducts of their abortion mill, so the desire to find a market for this byproduct is a high priority and a lucrative one. How shameful that the Grand Jury decided to throw the book at the people who sought the truth. It will be a long time before anyone else seeks to expose this evil operation again. Your tax dollars are supplementing profits from abortion as well as the potential sale of fetal tissue, and all the “highly intellectual types” in Washington D.C. elected office cannot figure it out.
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