This week, the Harris County Grand Jury, convened by Judge Mary Lou Keel, indicted two pro-life activists who had posed as buyers of fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.  Using video recorded conversations as the source of the revelations, the abortion factory operation had allegedly been caught bartering the harvest and sale of aborted baby body parts.  Rather than indicting Planned Parenthood, the Grand Jury indicted undercover citizen journalists David Daleidon and Sandra Merritt for tampering with governmental records – allegedly because the pair used fake California IDs to fool Planned Parenthood employees into self-incriminating true statements.

It has now been discovered that one of the members of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson’s team, Lauren Reeder, sits on the board of Planned Parenthood.  While Reeder ostensibly had nothing to do with the indictment, it certainly gives pause to any objective observer.

In response to the unexpected Grand Jury outcome, Maria Espinoza, the conservative Republican candidate for Houston’s Congressional District 7, issued the following statement:

“In lieu of indicting the butchers of unborn babies, the Grand Jury, which I believe was influenced by Judge Mary Lou Keel, has indicted two pro-life activists who bravely exposed the barbarism of Planned Parenthood.  

It is shocking and dismaying that the video evidence exposing Planned Parenthood’s practices of harvesting and selling baby parts was deemed insufficient evidence in this investigation. On the other hand, the Harris County Grand Jury chose to indict the Center for Medical Progress’ citizen journalists on trumped up charges of falsifying identification and purchasing of body parts when no sale was made! I believe that this action was intended as a message to Christian journalists that the system will crush our First Amendment rights in favor of ideologies of the powerful. Today’s Grand Jury acts less as a sword and a shield against an over-reaching government, but rather more as an ideological hammer upon the rights of our citizenry.

I am thankful that both Texas Right to Life and Governor Greg Abbott have reaffirmed their commitment to bring this un-Godly organization to justice.  Governor Abbott stated:

Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation. The State of Texas will continue to protect life, and I will continue to support legislation prohibiting the sale or transfer of fetal tissue.”

In Congress, I will strongly support First Amendment freedoms and the efforts of truth-seeking journalists like Daleidon and Merritt to bring light to the horrific consequences that the liberal/socialist policies are inflicting on our society every day.”