- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pro-life activist David Daleiden said California authorities searched his apartment Tuesday and seized all video footage related to his explosive undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood.

He said the search was conducted under the auspices of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office. Ms. Harris said in July she would review whether Mr. Daleiden violated state law during his investigation.

Mr. Daleiden posted a statement on Facebook saying his California-based organization, the Center for Medical Progress, “will pursue all remedies to vindicate our First Amendment rights.”

“Today, the California Attorney General’s office of Kamala Harris, who was elected with tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood, seized all video footage showing Planned Parenthood’s criminal trade in aborted baby parts, in addition to my personal information,” said Mr. Daleiden’s post.

“Ironically, while seizing my First Amendment work product, they ignored documents showing the illicit scheme between StemExpress and Planned Parenthood,” he said. “This is no surprise — Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them — while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists.”

A Planned Parenthood supporter, Ms. Harris is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, also a Democrat.

Ms. Harris came under pressure two weeks ago from Los Angeles Times columnist and Daleiden critic Robin Abcarian to take action against the Center for Medical Progress.

“But what is Atty. Gen. Harris waiting for? I’d sure love to know,” said Ms. Abcarian in her March 25 column.

The California raid comes as the latest in a series of legal woes for Mr. Daleiden.

In January, a Harris County grand jury indicted Mr. Daleiden and another pro-life investigator, Sandra Merritt, for using fake driver’s licenses as part of their investigation.

At least two pro-choice groups, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation have filed lawsuits against Mr. Daleiden and the center. The Planned Parenthood lawsuit accuses Mr. Daleiden of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The center has released a dozen videos since July featuring hidden-camera footage of Planned Parenthood officials and others as part of its Human Capital investigation, which took about 2 1/2 years.

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