The LA Times Editorial Board just came through for pro-life activist David Daleiden in an expected way.
Daleiden, who founded the Center For Medical Progress and recorded himself conversing with Planned Parenthood about the sale of aborted baby body parts, received fifteen different charges this week by the state of California.
All of this comes as emails between former California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office and Planned Parenthood legal officials were released to the public, which showed collaboration so in the writing of legislation that would eventually be used against Daleiden in his defense of his videos.
The LA Times Editorial Board weighed in on Thursday, and its comments are a shocking addition to criticisms of the pro-Planned Parenthood side of this argument.
Check it out:
“Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos,” the newspaper’s editorial stated, adding that it was “disturbingly aggressive” for California’s attorney general, former Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra, “to apply this criminal statute to people who were trying to influence a contested issue of public policy, regardless of how sound or popular that policy may be.”
While the Times still boosted liberal talking points about the controversial videos (labeling them “heavily edited videos,” despite the fact that unaltered versions of the videos are available on the pro-life group’s YouTube page), the publication recommended an alternate course of action:
“Planned Parenthood and biomedical company StemExpress, which was also featured in the videos, have another remedy for the harm that was done to them: They can sue Daleiden and Merritt for damages. The state doesn’t need to threaten the pair with prison time.”
The newspaper pointed out that “in similar cases, we have denounced moves to criminalize such behavior, especially in the case of animal welfare investigators who have gone undercover at slaughterhouses and other agricultural businesses to secretly record horrific and illegal abuses of animals. That work, too, is aimed at revealing wrongdoing and changing public policy.”
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The LA Times is one of few outlets to come forward and defend the actions of Daleiden.