Bombshell: Houston Grand Jury Never Voted on Planned Parenthood Charges

Same Assistant District Attorney that failed to indict another abortionist in 2013 also directed the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt.


Houston, TX – Operation Rescue has learned new information, some published in a report today by the Associate Press, which indicates the grand jury indictments against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were likely in retaliation against Operation Rescue for filing a complaint against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, which led to a grand jury investigation of him in 2013.

In fact, sources tell Operation Rescue that Planned Parenthood was never the focus of the Harris County investigation.

Josh Schaffer, attorney for Planned Parenthood, informed the news organization that “the grand jury never even voted on possible criminal charges” against Planned Parenthood, according to the AP report.

“No vote means no investigation,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue. “The people are entitled to an unbiased investigation into the serious allegations of illegal conduct by Planned Parenthood. That does not appear to have happened.”

Based on Operation Rescue’s 2013 complaint, a grand jury investigated allegations that Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen had murdered babies born alive during shoddy abortions by twisting their heads nearly off their bodies. Photographic evidence supported those allegations.

This prompted then-Gov. Rick Perry to call a special legislative session to pass a clinic safety law known as HB2. A challenge to this law is set to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring.

Chip Lewis, Karpen’s attorney, falsely accused Operation Rescue of paying three former Karpen employees to testify against him and of “doctoring” grisly photographs of babies Karpen had allegedly murdered, according to witnesses. Lewis threatened Operation Rescue after no true bill was returned against Karpen. Lewis told the Houston Chronicle, “Those responsible for bringing these wholly unfounded allegations against Dr. Karpen will be held responsible for their crimes.” He further threatened an investigation of Operation Rescue, which never materialized.

Lewis has tight connections to District Attorney Devon Anderson. He is a long time personal friend of hers and her now deceased husband, former D.A. Mike Anderson, and is the largest political donor to the Anderson family. It could be assumed that Anderson owes Lewis for his friendship and political favors.

Lewis told the AP that after the Karpen grand jury, he helped “soften the fallout” for Anderson in “Republican circles” by telling them falsehoods about Operation Rescue, who he wrongly accused of paying witnesses to testify against Karpen.

“I told them, ‘Don’t hitch your wagon to this. They’re crooks, and it’s going to be exposed,'” Lewis told the AP, referring disparagingly to Operation Rescue.

The AP article also noted that the same female Assistant District Attorney that handled the Karpen investigation also directed the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt.

Of that prosecutor, Lewis said, “I don’t think she forgot what she uncovered,” referring to bogus allegations against Operation Rescue during the Karpen grand jury.

Her bias, based at least in part on Lewis’ falsehoods, likely tainted the grand jury process, turning it against Daleiden because of his association with Newman.

“Because of Newman’s position on the CMP Board, I believe Lewis viewed the Planned Parenthood grand jury as an opportunity for revenge. Both the District Attorney and the grand jury prosecutor were unduly influenced by Lewis’ hatred of Operation Rescue,” said Sullenger.

Because the grand jury was contaminated by bias, Operation Rescue is calling for three specific remedies:

1. Drop all charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt or appoint a special prosecutor that is in no way affiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.
2. Empanel a new, untainted grand jury to investigate Planned Parenthood criminality under the direction of a separate special prosecutor also unaffiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.
3. Reopen the murder investigation against Douglas Karpen, with a new grand jury directed by another special prosecutor who is not affiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.

“Anderson said that she would let the evidence take her where it would, and we say the evidence reveals an agenda in the District Attorney’s office, under the influence of Chip Lewis, to get even with pro-life whistleblowers who have reported evidence against abortion providers of serious crimes, including murder,” said Sullenger. “In order for there to be justice, we need to stop dipping from a poisoned well and seek unbiased people to push forward with investigations against the real culprits.”

  • Judith Kunz

    Well, well, well … the worm starts to turn. So glad to hear it. Please let me know if there is any way to support or if
    you have any rallies for Daleiden and Merritt. I will walk to Texas to be there.

  • Alie Tabooger

    I have a hard time understanding why so many people support killing baby’s but hate ISIS?

  • Candygram for Mongo

    The tide has turned, this lawsuit is setback but prolife will prevail. The end is near for Planned Parenthood.

  • D bran

    Why is this country doing everything illegally? Planned Parenthood broke the law but that’s okay?

  • John McCarey

    The people involved should be criminally charged and lose everything that the possess.

  • disqus_aO4KJtxZtF

    Come and see.They take a scissors, cut open the face and remove the brain. Some say the heart was still beating while this procedure happened. Why all this shock and dismay at Planned Parenthood? You knew Obama’s record on abortion in Illinois spoke for itself. “In 1997, Obama voted in the Illinois Senate against SB 230, a bill designed to prevent partial-birth abortions. In the US Senate…voted against requiring minors who get out-of-state abortions to notify their parents. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) gives Obama a 100% score on his pro-choice voting record in the Senate for 2005, 2006, and 2007…Obama has consistently refused to support legislation that would define an infant who survives a late-term induced-labor abortion as a human being with the right to live. He insists that no restriction must ever be placed on the right of a mother to decide to abort her child…On March 30, 2001, Obama was the only Illinois senator who rose to speak against a bill that would have protected babies who survived late term labor-induced abortion. Obama rose to object that if the bill passed, and a nine-month-old fetus survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person who had a right to live, then the law would ‘forbid abortions to take place.’ Obama further explained the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment does not allow somebody to kill a child, so if the law deemed a child who survived a late-term labor-induced abortion had a right to live, ‘then this would be an anti-abortion statute.’” But who are we to judge? Catholic priests, bishops and Cardinals supported Obama and the Democratic Party. Do they know the face was cut open and the brain was removed while the heart was still beating? Is that a sin on the soul of all who supported Obama, who allowed this to happen? The face was cut open. Will they repent? The brain removed. Will they do penance? The heart was still beating. Will they be judged? Most Catholics voted for fundamental transformation. Most Catholics voted for this Auschwitz on wheels. Now, they have it.

  • PSU72lec

    It would seem that whoever is responsible for the integrity of the court system in Texas should be opening an investigation of the Houston DA’s office – possible impeachment, disbarment or even criminal charges???

  • Mark_Trail

    The wheels are coming off of Planned Parenthood’s gutbucket, but this story will never be turned into a made-for-TV series. Hollywood is gutless when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable.

  • Jane Doe

    The Attorney General’s office is already investigating. Planned Parenthood’s problems are just beginning. Texas is the wrong state…

  • Martin Higgins

    Shut down the Ghoul Baby Mutilators…

  • Mickey Mouse

    Isn’t PP supposed to be Non-Profit? I thought they were. SO how does PP have $20M laying around for a donation to Hillary’s Campaign if they need government taxpayer funding? Also did anyone notice Hillary responded with “this is why need need to keep the Repubs out of the WH” When defunding PP came up by one of the candidates? Looks like PP bought Hillary for $20M so they can keep getting taxpayers funding.

  • John Thomas Badcock

    Ewww that smell – it s not the stockyards – it’s the DA

  • sanfordandsons

    Houston has turned into a little fiefdom controlled by a fringe ultraliberal group of politicians that seem to want to ruin a crappy city.

  • Dominic Mason

    Certainly, she should have been disbarred given her past history.

  • JohnEffKerry

    Sickening abuse of power. Hopefully there will be criminal proceedings brought against the DA.

  • D bran

    We can only hope.