California’s Supreme Court has halted an abortion case surrounding the trafficking of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood employees, granting pro-life activist David Daleiden an unexpected victory.
On Good Friday, a California Superior Court judge vacated the preliminary hearings against Daleiden and his co-defendant Sandra Merritt.
The action came after an order was sent by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye that suspended “all further proceedings” in the criminal prosecution against the two pro-lifers.
In 2015, Daleiden released undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood workers admitting to harvesting and selling baby body parts.
Planned Parenthood, along with several other groups, sued Daleiden. He was charged with 15 criminal felony counts for non-consensual eavesdropping and conspiracy as a result of the video-recordings. The hearings were scheduled to begin this week in San Francisco in an attempt to determine if there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
Testimony from abortionists was set to be featured at the hearings as well as Daleiden’s undercover videos.
Thomas Moore Society, which is representing Daleiden, is hoping to get another win out of this case. They released a statement saying, “We are grateful for this welcome development and hopeful that the California Supreme Court will choose to hear and decide the extremely critical issue raised in this appeal, namely, whether a prosecutor may exercise his or her powers to enforce the criminal laws on a selective, politically discriminatory basis.”
The case has been prosecuted by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, successor to Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Both have been closely allied with and supported by Planned Parenthood.
In an interview with CBN News, Vice President and Senior Counsel Peter Breen discussed the conflict of interest between Becerra and the case.
“So I can show you video, you can go online and find it of Attorney General Becerra on election night in front of an ‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’ sign graciously thanking Planned Parenthood for being with him from the beginning,” stated Breen.
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