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Deputy Attorney General Johnette Jauron of California (center).Lianne Laurence / LifeSiteNews

By Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews, Oct. 11, 2019

Lianne LaurenceSAN FRANCISCO, California, October 11 (LifeSiteNews) — Closing arguments filed by the California attorney general for the criminal preliminary hearing of pro-life journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt signal the state considers that infanticide is not a crime in the context of abortion, says one of Daleiden’s lawyers.

“The abortion paradigm is changing,” says Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society.

For abortion advocates, birth has been “the defining landmark,” he told LifeSiteNews. “One moment the fetus is zero, the next moment it’s a person in the eyes of the law, entitled to due process and constitutional protection. Yet they blur that line here.”

Center for Medical Progress project lead David Daleiden and journalist Sandra Merritt are charged with 14 felony counts of taping confidential conversations without consent in connection with the undercover videos CMP released in 2015 exposing Planned Parenthood trafficking in aborted baby body parts.

They are also among the five individuals associated with CMP who are now on trial in a Planned Parenthood Federation of America RICO civil suit.

In closing arguments submitted last week for the criminal preliminary hearing, lawyers for Daleiden and Merritt summarized their defense: California law stipulates that conversations that could be overheard are not confidential, and Section 633.5 grants an exception to the consent requirement when those recording confidential communications believe they are investigating violent crimes against a person. ….


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