Operation Rescue Calls For New, Untainted Investigations of Houston Planned Parenthood and 2013 Murder Case

By Cheryl Sullenger

troy-office-captionedHouston, TX – Operation Rescue President Troy Newman is calling for special prosecutors unaffiliated with Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to conduct new investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby parts trade and another abortion provider accused of murder. Neither were charged by two corrupted grand juries despite convincing evidence.

“We believe that the grand juries under Anderson’s authority were tainted beyond redemption by a personal and political agenda to cover up crimes of abortion providers,” said Newman. “The serious accusations against Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast and against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen deserve an impartial investigation that is not infected by the bias of personal relationships or political agendas.”

The call for new investigations comes in light of this week’s dismissal of felony charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress. Anderson’s office agreed to the dismissal because technical issues with the grand jury’s term made the indictments improper. Misdemeanor charges were dismissed weeks ago, and now the pro-life activists have been completely cleared of all charges.

Newman, who is seeking the new investigations, served as a founding member for the Center for Medical Progress.

Newman is calling for a new look into allegations that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast participated in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains. No vote was ever taken on potential charges against Planned Parenthood by the previous grand jury, which apparently never seriously considered evidence in undercover videos produced by Daleiden. There is also evidence that Anderson’s office improperly coordinated and shared information about the grand jury investigation with Planned Parenthood’s attorney, Josh Schaffer.

An independent forensic analysis determined that the CMP videos are authentic, not deceptive in any way, and present the speakers’ conversations in an accurate manner, contrary to Planned Parenthood’s fallacious public relations campaign to discredit them.

Newman is also calling for the reopening of the 2013 murder investigation of abortion provider Douglas Karpen, which was the result of evidence submitted by Operation Rescue through a formal complaint.

Karpen was accused by his former employees of intentionally killing babies who were born alive during late-term abortions at his Houston abortion facilities. There is reason to believe that photographic evidence showing two aborted newborns with large gashes in their throats was never submitted to the original grand jury for consideration.

During the murder investigation, Karpen was represented by one of Anderson’s closest family friends, Chip Lewis, who later publicly threatened to retaliate against Operation Rescue for making the evidence it uncovered public. After Anderson’s grand jury “no-billed” Karpen, Lewis donated $25,000 to Anderson’s political campaigns.

Newman wants the new investigations to be done with randomly selected grand jury members with special prosecutors unaffiliated with Devon Anderson or others involved in the previous investigations, including Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell, who Anderson selected oversee both the Planned Parenthood and the Karpen grand juries.

BREAKING: Felony Charges Against Daleiden & Merritt Dismissed!

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has asked a judge this morning to dismiss the felony counts it had filed against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, undercover journalists with the Center for Medical Progress who exposed Planned Parenthood’s participation in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains for profit.

“This is vindication of the work of David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. I am so pleased that justice has prevailed! These false charges can no longer be used by Planned Parenthood and their cronies as a smokescreen to hide their own criminal conduct,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress.

Daleiden and Merritt had originally faced one felony each for using actor’s I.D.s and a misdemeanor count for attempting to purchase aborted baby organs from Planned Parenthood’s high-volume late-term abortion facility in Houston, Texas. The misdemeanor counts were earlier dismissed.

The pro-life activists’ attorneys were in court this morning to argue their motion to dismiss the last of the charges when the District Attorney’s office asked for the dismissal.

This is a breaking news story. Look for updates later as more information becomes available.

Rep. Blackburn: Democrats Privately Attempted to Obstruct Investigation into Baby Body Parts Trade

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. – One year to the day after the first undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the aborted baby body parts trade, the Select Panel on Infant Lives issued an Interim Report detailing their findings so far.

Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, several panel members outlined discoveries that support the claim that procurement companies profited from the sale of baby body parts.

“Documents show abortion clinics and middlemen who were exploiting women and selling baby body parts as part of a business plan to make more money,” Rep. Blackburn stated at today’s press conference.

Rep. Blackburn pointed out that the sale of aborted baby remains for financial gain is a 10-year felony offense.

Also expressed were concerns over stonewalling and non-compliance within the abortion industry to prevent the Panel from obtaining important financial information necessary to the investigation.

Rep. Blackburn also revealed, “The Minority privately attempted to obstruct the Panel’s fact-finding mission.”

“It is appalling, but not unexpected that the rabidly pro-abortion Democratic members of the Panel would try to sabotage the investigation. They are only advancing the exploitation of women and babies through their underhanded acts to protect a corrupt Abortion Cartel – which, incidentally, contributes substantial amounts to most of their political campaigns,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who also served as a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress. “Those members who have been caught in obstructive acts should be removed from the Panel.”

Rep. Blackburn noted that abortion facilities and have profit motives that “could have a corrupting effect on the treatment of women facing an abortion decision.”

She expressed concern over the history of babies being born alive and the sale of aborted baby body parts at some late-term abortion facilities.

The Panel has uncovered evidence that some abortion providers have “altered abortion procedures in a manner that substitutes what is best for the patient with a financial benefit for both the abortion clinic and the procurement organization,” according to Rep. Blackburn.

Also discussed were deceptive patient consent forms that falsely informed women that fetal tissue research has found cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.

Members referred to documentation of violations of patient privacy by the abortion facilities and the procurement organizations that embedded employees at the clinics and allowed them to access patient medical records, a violation of HIPAA.

The Panel released a 94-page Interim Update detailing their findings so far and vowed to continue their fact-finding investigation until the end of the year when the Panel’s commission expires.

So far the Select Panel on Infant Lives has referred the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the State Attorney General for further criminal investigation.

“Over the last year, Planned Parenthood has engaged in a concerted campaign to deceive the public about the contents of the CMP videos. Today, the Panel’s interim findings have only confirmed the validity of the CMP’s undercover exposés,” said Newman. “I urge the Panel to continue following the money. I believe when the financials are finally produced, and the truth comes out, there will be a lot of people working for Planned Parenthood and the procurement companies that are going to be hiring criminal defense attorneys, if they haven’t already.”

Watch the video of today’s press conference.
Read the 94-page Interim Update.