A grand jury in the US state of Texas is charging a group that secretly recorded conversations at Planned Parenthood (PP) with tampering with government records.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP)'s widely-shared video showed its founder, David Daleiden, and others pretending to be medical researchers and offering to buy aborted fetal tissue for research. The video purported to show that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses for profit.
A number of Republican legislators called for removing federal funding from PP over the video. However, a law signed by President Ronald Reagan permitted the use of fetal tissue in research and nine states have found that the organization did not act improperly. Two more states, Louisiana and Arizona, are still investigating accusations.
Planed Parenthood says that it charges a nominal fee in order to process the fetal tissue and that, since the video came out, it gives the tissue away for free.
Devon Anderson, the prosecutor who has been in charge of the Texas case, took the change in suspects in stride: "As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us."
In addition to the group, Daleiden himself is being charged with buying human organs.