Pix11 — Prosecutors in California issued arrest warrants on Tuesday for the two anti-abortion activists who secretly taped and later published conversations with more than a dozen Planned Parenthood health care providers.
Fifteen felony counts were filed against David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt, for both recording confidential communications and conspiring to record confidential communications. The two used “manufactured identities” and presented themselves as representatives of a fictitious medical company to access Planned Parenthood facilities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement Tuesday.
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The duo then violated the providers’ privacy by filming private conversations without their consent, prosecutors alleged in their complaint.
“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” the attorney general added in his Tuesday statement. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”
On Wednesday, Daleiden called the complaint “bogus” and “fake news,” CNN reported, and promised that more videos of Planned Parenthood’s “criminal baby body parts enterprise” would be released.
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