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California officials raid home of videographer in Planned Parenthood case

The anti-abortion activist who led an effort to secretly film Planned Parenthood affiliates said late Tuesday that his home was raided by California law enforcement officials, indicating his legal problems may stretch beyond his indictment in Houston.

Agents with the California Department of Justice seized all of the activist’s video footage as well as some personal information, he said in a Facebook post.

“This is no surprise,” said the activist, David Daleiden, who lives in Southern California. “Planned Parenthood’s bought-and-paid-for AG has steadfastly refused to enforce the law against the baby body parts traffickers in our state, or even investigate them – while at the same time doing their bidding to harass and intimidate citizen journalists.”

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The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat who is running for the U.S. Senate, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Harris said last summer that she planned to review the videos released by Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress to see if the group violated any laws, according to the Associated Press.

Daleiden and fellow videographer Sandra Merritt are both already facing felony indictments handed up by a Harris County grand jury in February. Those charges, which allege that the videographers used fake driver’s licenses to get into a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston, came at the end of an investigation that initially was convened by Republican District Attorney Devon Anderson to determine if Planned Parenthood had done anything wrong.

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The Harris County grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.

Daleiden’s lawyers in Texas did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

In the videos, one of which was filmed at a Houston clinic, Daleiden posed as an employee of a company that buys fetal tissue and secretly filmed Planned Parenthood executives discussing the methods and costs of preserving tissue.

Federal law prohibits the sale of fetal tissue, although it is legal to donate fetal tissue and receive reimbursements for costs.

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Planned Parenthood has said that it has only done the latter, and only very rarely.

The videos sparked a firestorm of controversy across the country and in Texas, where officials opened four separate investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities.

Three of those are still ongoing.

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