Planned Parenthood allies want Daleiden in prison cell

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (

Dalieden, DavidThe public can expect to see more news in coming months that will remind many people about the undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood that created a nationwide firestorm.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in California for pro-life activist David Daleiden (pictured at right), who is facing 15 felony counts related to his 2014 investigation that alleged Planned Parenthood was illegally profiting from selling fetal body parts for research.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is overseeing the prosecution of Daleiden, who is charged with non-consensual eavesdropping and conspiracy.

capture from CMP video #8Daleiden and accomplice Sandra Merritt face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Merritt is represented by Liberty Counsel. 

Daleiden's California legal team includes Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen, and former Los Angeles district attorneys Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira. 

"What we're hoping to do at the preliminary hearing is chip away at some of these counts against David," Breen told American Family Radio this week.

From a legal standpoint, Breen explained, the hearing allows Daleiden’s attorneys to petition the court to "slice and slice" away at the state's case. 


Breen, who is senior counsel at Thomas More, has been representing Daleiden ever since California Democrats, in cooperation with Planned Parenthood, targeted the pro-life activist with a search warrant at his apartment.  

Daleiden and Merritt created a fake medical company that gained them access to prominent names at Planned Parenthood, and the rollout of undercover videos energized the pro-life community and angered Planned Parenthood’s supporters, including Becerra (pictured below) and then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator and presidential candidate. 

“Half the country wanted to string [Daleiden] up,” Breen said, “and half the country wanted to canonize him.”  

Xavier Becerra and Planned ParenthoodBreen insisted it is unprecedented for California’s criminal prosecutors be so closely aligned with Planned Parenthood, and thus have an obvious conflict of interest, but remain as the prosecutors.

A defendant is guaranteed by law a “neutral prosecutor” but Daleiden is not receiving that guarantee, he said.

"The interplay with the attorney general's office and Planned Parenthood was incredible," said Breen. "You're going to see a preliminary hearing where there will be videos shown, where there will be live testimony from key players in the abortion industry, (and) you're going to see that playing out in a California courtroom very soon in the next few months."


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