David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the anti-abortion activists behind some undercover Planned Parenthood videos in 2015, were indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on Jan. 25 on two crimes.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the grand jury indicted Daleiden and Merritt for tampering with a governmental record, and Daleiden with the attempted purchase or sale of human organs, which Daleiden was trying to catch Planned Parenthood executives doing, but no money was ever exchanged.
Christian conservatives rallied around the videos in 2015 in an effort to push for the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood that never happened. Now, evangelical Christians are rallying around Daleiden and Merritt, who have warrants out for their arrests.
Franklin Graham posted on Facebook on Jan. 26: "It is stunning. A Houston grand jury is indicting the whistle-blowers who videoed Planned Parenthood in their quest for selling baby parts and let the world know what this organization was really up to behind-the-scenes. Rep. Diane Black from Tennessee, who authored the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act, said 'It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who expose their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead.' I agree with her 100%."
"God’s Word says, 'Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness' (Isaiah 5:20)."
The Christian Post notes that online petitions have sprung up and gathered thousands of signatures from Christians on the pro-life sites LifeSiteNews and Life News via GoPetition.com.
Daleiden said in a statement: "The Center for Medical Progress uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws."
"Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see," notes the Houston Chronicle.
Planned Parenthood has not been charged in any state for "fetal organ sales," but has admitted to receiving reimbursements for the storage and transport of fetal tissue to medical labs for research, which has been legal for decades.
The New England Journal of Medicine issued a statement in 2015: "We strongly support Planned Parenthood not only for its efforts to channel fetal tissue into important medical research but also for its other work as one of the country’s largest providers of health care for women, especially poor women."