HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – After a lengthy investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Rangers, and the Houston Police Department, a Harris County grand jury took no action Monday against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. (PPGC).
For more than two months, the 232nd Grand Jury extensively reviewed the joint investigation into allegations of misconduct by PPGC. This grand jury cleared PPGC of breaking the law. However, the grand jury did hand down indictments for two individuals who were involved in making the allegations against PPGC public via covert recordings made in April 2015.
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have both been indicted by the grand jury for Tampering with a Governmental Record. An additional indictment for Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs has been issued for Daleiden.Tampering with a Governmental Record, in this case, is a 2nd degree felony, and the offense of Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs is a Class A misdemeanor.
Texas law forbids the disclosure of grand jury proceedings, including the names of the witnesses who testified and any documents and evidence presented.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took a different view of the case following word that only the anti-abortion activists were indicted. “The fact remains that the videos exposed the horrific nature of abortion and the shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry. The state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood is ongoing.”