A legal expert argues that two undercover pro-life citizen reporters who are facing felony charges aren't guilty of violating California's privacy laws.
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt secretly recorded ranking officials of Planned Parenthood as well as other abortion industry workers discussing selling limbs, organs, and tissue from aborted babies. California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra has lodged 15 felony charges against them for violating his state's privacy laws.
But Dr. Jenna Ellis, an assistant professor of legal studies at Colorado Christian University, tells OneNewsNow those laws state that privacy is just that.
"... Many of the videos not only were recorded in public, at restaurants and so forth, but the Ninth Circuit has also said that the right to privacy is something that belongs to an individual, not a corporation," explains the licensed attorney who specializes in constitutional law. "And so Planned Parenthood cannot assert an invasion of privacy for their business practices."
Ironically, she says, the right of privacy under those laws would be owned by the preborn child – and confidentiality would come into play only if the content of the conversation is private and personal to the individual being recorded.
"... So this would have to be something that was private and personal to the actual abortionists themselves rather than about the business practices or anything else regarding Planned Parenthood," the educator notes. "So this shouldn't apply at all to David Daleiden or Sandra Merritt."
Ellis says the charges are an overreach on the part of the attorney general, that California is a progressive/activist state, and that the charges have been brought "more as an aggressive agenda tactic rather than actually supporting what California law says."